Drank over 2 days (26th and 27th aug.). Cork in pristine condition, dull red with brown hue. Classical bordeaux nose, with the typical gamuth of tobacco-leather-lead-citron-pepper-plum all in some aged register. Elegant in the mouth and consitent with the nose, medium bodied, harmonious, excellent lenghth. Still, a bit basic - but it would easily compete with many 3rd-4rd-5th ranked growth.
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(Pavillon Rouge) The 1996 Pavillon Rouge du Margaux I enjoyed thoroughly. It was much rounder and fitting in its clothes, so to speak. Gil noted, ‘high-pitched cherry,’ almost reminding him of a young Nebbiolo. Perfumed and sweet, there were hints of fir, cedar and spice. It was much richer in the mouth than the ’04, and its acidity was still special, typical of 1996. Coffee was the first flavor I noticed, followed by more bean, both coffee and green. Round, rich and tasty, this ’96 was in a great spot with its classic flavors in harmony. A hint of raisin crept in with air.
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