Tasting notes by David Allen MW, April 2012
Château Margaux, 1er Grand Cru Classé, Margaux 2011
This is a darkly pigmented ruby red colour with a purple rim.
The liquorice and ripe red fruit is overlaid by clean oak aromas.
The tannins are tight and fine – they are very harmonious, developing gradually and consistently in the mouth. The fruit style is jammy with red currants initially then mulberries and dark cherries. Fine oak notes add sweet spices to the fruit and chocolatey notes to the finish. The wines acid is beautifully balance, giving a long, clean, elegant finish. The wine’s alcohol is superbly balanced, maintaining the wine’s elegance and harmony. 13.1% alc.
86% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Merlot, 2% Petit Verdot, 2% Cabernet Franc
Rauzan-Ségla, 2eme Grand Cru Classé, Margaux 2011
Inky, dark purple colour, almost opaque.
Rich ripe redcurrants and mulberry aromas.
The palate is concentrated, supple and smooth with good mid palate, tannic grip. The fruit is a lovely pure ripe red fruit with fresh acidity that is not sharp. The wine’s alcohol is balanced with just a hint of warmth. There are vivid clean cedar oak characteristics which knit seamlessly with the fruit. This is a finely crafted wine with charming balance, good fruit intensity and length and a harmonious finish.
Rauzan Gassies, 2eme Grand Cru Classé, Margaux 2011
A deep dark, almost opaque purple red colour.
The aromas are of ripe red fruits, they are slightly lifted and also have a roasted nature.
The palate is fresh with a pleasant slight blackcurrant leaf top note. The tannins are fine and quite drying, however clean black and redcurrant notes show at the finish. The fruit character is a little indistinct, but the wines acidity is good, the alcohol is balanced and this could be a very good buy if the price is reasonable. 79% Cabernet Sauvignon 21% Merlot
Château Lascombes, 2eme Grand Cru Classé, Margaux 2011
Deep, dark, very nearly opaque ruby red.
There are compelling aromas of clean red fruit, rich chocolaty aromas and creamy new oak.
The palate has a fresh acidity that helpa the palate to open with a lovely lifted raspberry fruit and some sweet spices. There is a medium amount of fine sweet tannins. The acidity is balanced and the alcohol is just slightly warming. The sweet new oak tannins give the mid palate a good grip but there is nice lively red fruit on the finish.
Château Palmer, 3eme Grand Cru Classé, Margaux 2011
A deep, inky red/purple colour.
Clean fine aromas of fresh red fruit and refined new oak comprise the nose.
A big and very concentrated wine with incredibly fine tannins. This is fresh and very elegant wine with beautifully balanced alcohol and lovely precise flavours. The fruit is a combination of dense black fruits, chocolate with hints of cedar and cocoa butter. The finish is long and elegant, simultaneously displaying both good tannic grip and lovely suppleness. A very classy wine! 15.1% alc.
55% Merlot, 45% Cabernet Sauvignon
Château Marquis-de-Terme, 4eme Grand Cru Classé, Margaux 2011
Deep, dark, almost opaque ruby red colour.
Nose is restrained but contains brooding, meaty notes and an underlying rich currant fruit.
The wine’s acidity is good and there are sweet ripe tannins.
The lifted red fruit initially evident on the palate develops into s deeper blacker fruit as the wine opens. The alcohol is a little warm and the acid could be fresher. The tannins are fine and drying, but have a sweet edge at the finish, which is quite drying. This is not the best balanced Margaux, but uits lovely depth of juicy fruit does much to redeem it!
Angludet, Cru Bourgeois Margaux 2011
Deep, dark, opaque purple/red colour.
The aromas are high-toned with dark ripe fruit overlaid by classic violet perfume.
This wine has lovely open, sweet, dark fruit with a very ripe nature – on the black cherry / black olive end of the scale. There is a medium level of fine supple tannins, fair freshness, a restrained oak character and a pleasant slight alcohol warmth giving weight to the finish.