Château Margaux Masterclass, Paul Pontallier and Alexandra Mentzelopoulos (London): Pale gold, showing some age and the hot vintage. Fantastic nose, exotic, other-worldly, with ripe tropical fruit and exotic flowers, lanolin, oak, smoke. "Perfumed" is the concept I return to as I try these wines and there's really no better word to catch the quality of the bouquet. The palate is ripe, yet not voluptuous, medium bodied, viscous, very balanced and fine. Just slightly, slightly lacking in acidity but that's down to the vintage and a minor detail, really. Long, balanced, deceptively easy to drink. Probably peaking now
Special year due to the weather. Very ripe, more exotic fruit on the nose, drinking nicely now, but lacking acidity and freshness. Creamy, core of sweet fruit, medium+ finish, just a little weird, bitter?
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