my last bottle of 6, and by far and away the best, open and ready for business after a 2 hour decant, lovely rich fruit and resolved palate, will improve with further storage but drinking well now, pity I drank the others too young.
Lovely deep ruby in the glass. Nose of red fruit with a distinctive tobacco and smoke signature. Very well balanced in the mouth with firm tannins and a lovely finish. Would imagine this could keep going for another ten years.
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(Chateau d'Issan Margaux) This still has a red fruit profile as it did when I last tasted it in 2003, although it is fairly reticent today. A lean palate, showing a lot of structure with a rather thin coating of texture. But overall it is rather muted, inexpressive, but I suspect this is just an awkward stage. Very difficult to judge in its current condition.
(Chateau d'Issan Margaux) A restrained, slightly medicinal, red-fruit nose, again with a touch of beetroot like the 1996, and a little oak still. Impressively dense and structured palate, with firm tannin underpinning plenty of sweet fruit and correct acidity. This needs five years in the cellar.
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