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1971 Château Margaux Red Bordeaux Blend
4/26/2019 - pavel_p Likes this wine:
88 points
Top shoulder fill. Had not planned to open this bottle. As I tried to scratch some kind of yellowish resin off the top of the capsule, the resin came off but with it also a tiny piece of the capsule, and to my surprise through the perhaps 1mm large hole, I was not looking at the top of the cork but instead was seeing reflection off the surface of the liquid. Long story short, I had a top shoulder 71 Margaux with a hole in the capsule and no more cork sealing. Hence I cut the capsule with very low expectations, especially when the first pour was showing a fairly strong bricking in the glass, and the the nose had some faint chemical notes. But then on the palate this was showing as a solid mature Bdx and was clearly gaining weight as the wine got more air in the open bottle. Not very expressive or aromatic but a body with round fruit that taste clearly younger than what one would expect from a wine at almost years and from a rather difficult period for Chateau Margaux. Even some tannins are showing with more air. Short finish. Wine holding up perfectly over 2h with improving balance. Overall nothing spectacular but fun to drink (especially if this should be your vintage) and good bottles will certainly still last for years.
  • MoscowVino commented:

    5/25/19, 9:06 AM - Sorry to be a buzzkill, but it sounds like your wine was doctored. Perhaps a small incision was made in the foil on two sides that it could be pulled back; a thin hole drilled; the wine inside was drained (through a syringe) and replaced with another (presumably cheaper, though not necessarily worse) aged Bordeaux; then the foil was folded back and sealed with resin (the top of the hole beneath it too) to prevent oxygenation and hide the crime. Sounds crazy, but so does being able to see reflection off the surface of the liquid through a 4.5cm cork.

  • MoscowVino commented:

    5/25/19, 1:42 PM - Aha! Clearly I didn't have all the facts -- I hadn't realized your cork fell into the bottle. Bummer, but better than being the victim of fraud.

Red
2008 Sine Qua Non Syrah B 20 Central Coast
4/21/2018 - MoscowVino wrote:
88 points
I like SQNs, and am no AFWEr, but this particular bottle was something of a disappointment. Amply fruited, but dark and roasted; monolithic and hot (I don’t fear alcohol when it’s well integrated, but this was not); and no complexity to speak of. In sum, I hoped for more. I acquired this bottle around five years ago, and while it has been well-stored since then, I can’t vouch for its first few years of life, so perhaps this was an exception. But I wouldn’t buy another bottle.
  • MoscowVino commented:

    4/22/18, 12:36 AM - LOL, I don't know where that came from. Unless maybe I was using a 113.63 point scale. For ease of reference, I've adjusted it for a 100 point scale.

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