Middling Margaux that has whisps of quality but wears the vintage and its second-wine stature on its sleeve. Lots of green pepper, red fruit and minerals - balanced and loose knit, and probably as good as its going to get now. I'd not see much point in ageing this any more.
Good to drink now. Intense perfume aroma, balanced and orthodox palate, modest tannins albeit a bit coarse, nice acidity, good concentration, fairly short but sweet finish. Elegant and very enjoyable wine although quite straightforward.
CellarTracker Bordeaux Trip; 5/23/2011-5/26/2011 (Bordeaux, France): Elegant, yet rich nose giving off a strong aroma of cassis, followed by blackberries, cigar box, plum, and a touch of tar. Complimenting the nose is a slightly tart palate composed of lots of dark plum and tar, as well as cranberry, cherry, raspberry, cigar leaf, and some clove spice. Extremely dry, with mouth-puckering chalky tannins, along with an abundance of acidity. Medium+ finish, ending with a note of black currants. Fresh and elegant, in a non over-extracted traditional sense. OK.
-- tasted a single glass non-blind over approx. 10 minutes -- -- 58% Cabernet Sauvignon, 38% Merlot --
NOSE: coffee and raspberry; not showing much in the way of complexity.
TASTE: a bit green and relatively austere; showing some nice red berry fruitiness; fine, slightly drying tannins. Honestly, not impressive -- O.K., maybe if this cost $15 I'd be impressed, but it doesn't, so I'm not. Gut impression: 87-88.
CT Bordeaux Trip, Day 4 (Margaux): A pretty nice second wine. 38% Merlot, 58% Cab Sauv, the rest being a dash of Petit Verdot. The nose was a bit tight at first, with some toasty oak at the fore only slowly opening up into fresh cassis, a touch of earth, some ivy leaf, flowers and a slightly greeb alfafa sprout notes. Lots of nice acidity on the palate, along with fine tannins and flavours of spice, cassis and plums, some tobacco leaf, all very balanced, nice to drink. This had a nice depth for a second wine and finished with good length showing bits of bramble and spice. Very elegant, lots of finesse, a really nice without ever threatening to be spectacular.
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(Pavillon Rouge du Chateau Margaux Margaux) The second wine, this is 58% Cabernet Sauvignon, 37% Merlot and 5% Petit Verdot. Alcohol 13.2%. There is a lovely aromatic character here, pure and elegant, and lifted. Nice flesh on entry, gentle tannins which are nicely covered, and fresh acids. A lovely balance and freshness, but there is some substance here too. Fleshy, with some grip at the finish. Just a little green peppercorn edge. Nice.
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