Deep, dark colour much more so than expected. A full on fruity nose, red and darker fruits with intensity and complexity. The palette doesn't match. A plush start belies a stripped out mid palette, some minerality, and a bitter finish.
Coravined half a bottle. Youthful appearance - deep ruby core, pale ruby rim. Nose shows attractive dark fruit, cedar, toasty notes, touch of earth - some nice development and quite aromatic. Medium/full bodied, fruit is quite rich and dark, but bright too, red and black berries, a few savoury and earth notes, fresh acidity, good length finish with a few "pinchy" tannins and perhaps a slight herbal note. All in all though very good indeed and whilst certainly drinking well I see no reason to hurry to drink up.
Second half consumed 17/6/2016, no discernible difference.
Last bottle, decanted 4.5 hours. There is a certain Margaux perfume when you first dip your nose in, but there is actually quite deep concentration and power beneath the cedary violets. The Merlot definitely makes its presence known. Powerful black fruits on the palate that have a background smokiness with licorice on the back palate. Quite deep and dark without being muscular, there is a rough style here that I actually enjoy, a sort of iron fist in the velvet glove. Very good claret.
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(Chateau d'Angludet Margaux) Deep, slightly meaty aroma, complex, with notes of slightly baked fruit. Elegant, perfumed, herby, with ripe, firm, grainy tannins. Firm acidic structure although a little baked character to the fruit here. Nice, traditionally structured style though. Good.
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