Chateau Palmer 1983 Margaux
6/98. Bought in auction on May-96 for $110 (imported for $126 net).
I have not tasted this piece of beauty for almost three years. I paid $70 for my first bottle in Mar-95, then bought three more bottles for $110 about a year later. The last I heard a bottle sells now for $180-$200.
Tonight, with a superb Friday night dinner of mushrooms risotto, fillet stake wrapped in bacon and baked in salt with small potatoes, some cheese and a super-duper watermelon.
COLOR: Deep brownish red with some additional light hues. Very thin clearing around the rim
NOSE: Impressive! Tons of dark fruit together with floral aromas. Typical 'Bordeaux Nose' (i.e those somber notes of tobacco, pencil tip, cedar wood etc) added complexity to the multilayered nose.
TASTE: Very impressive on the palate too. Gobs of developed fruit, mouthfilling winyness, complexity and breed - all felt at the same time. Lots of tannins but ripe and not distracting. I think this wine deserves an adjective I don't recall using - yes, it is 'awesome' :)
LENGTH: Really long and full-of-presence aftertaste.
TEXTURE & BALANCE: A full bodied Bordeaux if I ever tasted one. Plenty of everything there. Fruit, perceived alcohol, structure, winyness, tannins and acidity. Awe inspiring [I said that, no? :)] and perfectly balanced
OVERALL: Extraordinary. One of the best Bordeaux I had in a long time. Magnificent now, but plenty more in reserve. I can't wait to taste this wine in 3, 5 and 10 years from now.
MARK: 19/20.aaaaaaaaBUY MORE? Yes.
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Jacob "Yak" Shaya.