June 17, 2019 - Very drinkable fully mature, starting into decline but still delicious. Not very complex beyond classic old Bordeaux whack of leather and forest floor, lacking depth but a certain charm. Good mid week wine. Didn’t really need a decant and didn’t evolve much with air.
April 21, 2019 - Drank this last of 2 bottles today, with rack of lamb on Easter Sunday.
Beautiful pairing, the wine showed tertiary aromas and flavors of wet soil, tar, mushroom, black currant, pencil lead, leather, etc. Delicious, tried next to 2004 Seavey Estate Cab, and the whole family liked both wines alot, but preferred the Margaux with the Lamb. The tannins are nicely resolved, this wine is in a great window now and for the next year. Catch it while it is great, if you have a few bottles left, crack one soon. Fantastic WFTM.
April 14, 2019 - Only managed to buy one of these recently - a lovely product of 2000. Not yet at peak - has a youthful air and Secondaries are barely peaking out. This has quite a few years left in my view - enjoyable now but more rewarding later if well stored.
January 5, 2019 - At peak! Don't wait! Sweet cedar and dark fruit on the nose. Fantastic fruit in the mouth. Tannins are soft. By the second night this had faded a bit. Absolutely gorgeous now. I'm sad it's gone but at least I'm not under any pressure to finish more bottles since this was my last.
December 15, 2018 - Haut-Medoc lunch (Bel & Brio, Barangaroo, Sydney): The appearance is clear and medium ruby in colour. Tears are visible.
The nose is clean. The aromas have a medium(+) intensity showing well-defined notes of red fruit (raspberry, red plum), black fruit (blackberry, blackcurrant), oak (chocolate, subtle coffee), bottle-age character (subtle leather), and herbaceous characters (green capsicum). The wine is developing.
On the palate, the wine is dry with medium acidity, medium alcohol, and medium body. The medium level tannins are ripe and silky in nature. The flavours have a medium intensity and show notes of oak (coffee), black fruit (blackcurrant, blackberry), red fruit (red plum), and herbaceous characters (green capsicum). The finish has a medium length.
This is a very good quality wine. The flavours are concentrated and have a great balance with the acidity and a good balance with the alcohol. Some warmth from the alcohol shows on the finish. The oak treatment is well-integrated, complementing the primary fruit. In its current state, the wine shows primary, secondary, and tertiary characters. The primary fruit core is still quite prominent, and is supported by the secondary and tertiary notes. The finish has a good length.
The wine drinks well now, but has potential for further ageing. The fruit intensity is great and the tannin and acid structure should support the wine as tertiary notes continue to develop.
December 15, 2018 - Haut Medoc Birthday lunch (Bel & Brio, Barangaroo): Leather, blackcurrant, earthy, plumy, spicy, a little biscuit and spice. Juicy, savoury, graphite, black fruits, a little volatile acidity. Tannins near resolved. Medium plus length. Nice.
November 27, 2018 - Still going strong. No hurry.
November 14, 2018 - Coravin fun - Medoc check-in continues and ring in (My place, Kent Street): From Coravin. Leather, cedar, earthy, a little fresh coffee and cream, biscuit black plums and blackcurrant. On the palate there is an initial sourness to he fruit with similar flavours to the nose though the biscuit is more to the fore & the coffee more black and bitter. Broad across the mid palate, tannins are present but quite soft. Hmm.
October 27, 2018 - I just love this wine. It’s seems ageless. Great fruit an it’s ever changing as great wines should be. Resolved tannins and oak with good stony mineral.
Just a great bargain in this commune.
April 19, 2018 - This, sadly, is my last bottle. What this wine turned into over the past 18 years is just epic! If you put this wine in a bottle labeled with one of its neighbors names, Ch. Margaux or Ch. Palmer, it would bring a high-90's score. The fruit is intense and sweet, the foundation is strong, the wine lasts one minute on my palate, the beautifully balanced tannins make it just kick butt (excuse the French) with a hunk of Filet Mignon. The fruit is astonishingly delicious and the balance is impeccable. Korniev, this bottle is as great as the ones I commented on previously. Some miracle occurred in this wine over the last 18 years. I had 6 of them, the last one was tonight, and they were all just great! I hope you have at least one left. I'll be in Bordeaux in 2 weeks!