Author: Robert Parker
This wine is just now reaching full maturity, much later than I initially expected. It is a classy, elegant example of Margauxpossessing a dark ruby/purple color, and a moderately intense nose of sweet black currant fruit intermixed with minerals, vanillin, and floral scents. The wine is medium-bodied, with beautifully sweet fruit. This linear, more compressed style of Margaux possesses a good inner-core of sweet fruit, and a charming, harmonious personality. Although not a blockbuster, it is aging effortlessly, and appears to take on more character with each passing year. Last tasted 12/96
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Author: James Suckling
Tasted On: 02/10/2011
Trust Rating: 95
Tasted On: 06/24/2010
Trust Rating: 100
Tasted On: 12/18/2009
Drink Dates: 2009-2015
Auction bottle purchased a month ago from Acker Merrill. Did not decant. Wet cork, removed intact. Beautiful color, clear garnet, light rim. Nose is complex, flowers in a muddy field, and a bit of old, scraped leather. The first glass is totally clean, integrated and exquisite. Supple, balanced, and pronounced acidity with red fruit character. Medium-full bodied, but texture is sublime, tender. The finish vanishes, then returns after 10 seconds and persists, not letting you go. Indeed, it pulls you back to the glass. Wonderful to drink now, 30 years old before the turn of the decade.
Margaux are so often defined by a knockout nose, the best among the Firsts, in my experience. This 1979, not as much as other vintages. But, the texture, balance and length more than compensate. And, absolutely gorgeous color, truly.
A 30 year old first growth, from a vintage of no particular account. What a pleasure! There simply is NO substitute for time in the bottle from great terroir.
Drink now, with pleasure.
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