Deep opaque plum red colour. Just lightening at the edge. Nose is plummy and dusky but fresh. Palate is high toned acidity with lean but well defined blackberry fruit. Plum stones on the finish demonstrate that the tannin is still there albeit fully resolved. Light but very persistent length and resonance. Very elegant and feminine although firm enough to stand up to some strong masculine cheese at the end of the lunch (Perail De Brebis, Eposes and 48-month Comte).
Although probably in its twilight years there was no sign of tiredness.....it was as good at the end of the lunch as it was at the beginning. I drank my last bottle from the same shared case almost exactly 4 years ago and I'm impressed how it has continued to stand the test of time.
A really elegant light and feminine fully mature Margaux that went perfectly with home-cooked roast wild French turkey for Christmas lunch. Saturated and mould-covered but intact cork and a good fill just into the neck. Deep garnet red opaque colour, slightly dusty and a slight little bricking at the meniscus. Nose had a lot of initial corkiness and oloroso sherry suggestion near-oxidisation but this blew off after an hour and it blossomed into lovely dark cedar tree forests and damp undergrowth, graphite, pencil lead, all beautifully melded.... dusty attics and old leather sofas but also lively fruit of spiced plums and dark red cherries. Palate begins with a quite high acidic and slightly dilute frontal attack but melds into allspice, mahogany, dried thyme, dry and rounded tannins and a velvety but sharp high-toned finish. Still full of cherry and ripe raspberry fruit but needs time for it to emerge. This was still blossoming four hours after opening (not decanted). Not much length or resonance but no matter. The last and best of my three bottles.
Briefly decanted. Low neck fill and good intact cork. Deep red only semi translucent colour but white meniscus. Nose is earth and minerals but with elegant light blackcurrant and redcurrant. Palate is light elegant freshly acidic but with great fruity ripeness and still some grip despite the tannins having fully resolved. Some length but lacking resonance. Very feminine and a welcome counterpoint to the brawny Australian wines it followed.
Drank with friends over dinner at our home. Perfect bottle but cork broke off at the botton quarter, although to no ill effect. Very heavy sediment. Great still rich red transparent colour with little bricking. Lots of brett, which remains throughout the evening but not unpleasant, touches of underarm sweat, some saddle leather and overall a nicely perfumed older nose of classic Bordeaux. Attractive palate of older drier fruits and a touch of preserved cherries held together with some grip by powdery tannins and un-austere acidity. Short but enjoyable length. Overall, a feminine, understated but quite beguiling older and fully mature wine from an unremarked vintage. An example, I'm sure, of top maker quality triumphing over the elements.
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