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Author: Robert Parker
Since 1978 there have been only two first-growths (or two of the so-called "big eight" of Bordeaux) that have been consistently excellent to superb - Chateau Haut-Brion and Chateau Margaux. Margaux's admirable consistency is well-displayed in the 1993-95 wines. Chateau Margaux was one of the last estates to bottle their 1994 (September, 1996), hoping to soften the vintage's high, hard tannin level. The wine has turned out to be a classic, long-lived Margaux. The opaque purple color is followed by this estate's tell-tale aromas of flowers, blackcurrants, licorice, and smoky oak. This dense, powerful, closed wine is a true vin de gard. It needs a decade of cellaring, but it should last for 25-35 years. Readers may find this wine reminiscent of the 1988, only riper and more powerful.
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Not a big Margaux, this is all in refinement. Pretty aromas of berries, raspberries and toasted oak and warm flavors that build on your palate. Medium-bodied, with fine, well-integrated tannins and a caressing finish. Better in 1999.
Trust Rating: 100
Tasted On: 10/09/2010
Drink Dates: 2000-2015
Decanted 2 hours. Perfect cork. Good, deep garnet red color. Intense, somewhat monolithic, cabernet nose with hints of mint and cedar. Complete and balanced on the palate with decent but not exceptional fruit. Enough tannin to keep for several more years. Good, moderately tannic finish. A very good wine in light of the vintage but certainly not a great wine
Trust Rating: 80
Tasted On: 08/12/2008
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