Chateau Margaux 1978 Margaux
7/95. Bought in auction Feb-95 for $130 (imported from Chicago for $145).
Tonight another chapter in the self-taught Bordeaux course we're taking < g >.
Dinner consisted of the following un-classic combination: Various Hoes
d'ouvre, beef noodles in oyster sauce, steak tartar, cheese plate, fresh fruit.
The wine was decanted 15 minutes prior to dinner as I wasn't sure how long it
will either need breathing or hold open.
COLOR: Very deep purple-red, hardly any paling towards the rim. A bit
surprising as it is an 18 years old wine after all.
NOSE: Very distinct (but not totally pleasant) 'Bordeaux nose'. A tarry smell
I believe you folks refer to as cedar or something similar. I found this
bouquet in all Bordeaux I lately tasted, so I guess it comes with the
territory, and require getting used to (well 'Bourgogne nose' is something one
immediately falls in love with, right? no need for getting used to... < gg >).
The bouquet is complex, heavy, but almost devoid of fruit! Over a long time
the aroma lost some of its dominant character, and revealed new caramelish
TASTE: A mouthful of winyness (what?). A fleshy, meaty wine, alcoholic, full
of zest, surprisingly strong tannins, but again, the most striking feature is
the lack of fruit! Excellent finish but the overall impression in the mouth is
too austere. Very good wine, but not really delicious in the straightforward
meaning of the word.
LENGTH: Medium good aftertaste that follow the tinge of acidity in the finish
(the attack and middle taste are a bit austere).
TEXTURE & BALANCE: For its alcohol, vitality, acidity and strong tannins, I
would never have thought this is an 18 years old wine, but the total lack of
fruitiness distracts from what, in all other respects, seems like a very
well-structured wine. Perhaps the wine is past its peak, or perhaps it never
had fruity qualities. I have very little experience with great Bordeaux and
their development, but my bet is that this wine has many more years ahead in
its present state.
OVERALL: I was under the impression that Ch. Margaux is a delicate, 'feminine'
wine. Well, maybe they switched the labels on this one, but this wine had
nothing feminine about it. It was an impressive wine, full of good qualities,
but lacking in what I consider the most important quality in women - charm.
The Ch. Ausone 1978 we had a few weeks ago was a MUCH better wine.
MARK: 18/20.aaaaaaaaBUY MORE? No.
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Jacob "Yak" Shaya.