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TastersGuildNY Four Decades of Chateau Margaux




TastersGuildNY Four Decades of Chateau Margaux

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Awarded 3, 4 and 5 stars by Michael Broadbent and rated 93 to100 points by Robert Parker and Wine Spectator, we presented for your tasting pleasure four Decades of First Growth Chateau Margaux. We tasted 10 vintages spanning the 70ís,80ís, 90ís and 2000ís. All wines showed well. One vote for favorite from Flight I, one vote for favorite from Flight II, and one vote for favorite from Flight III.

2004 and 2002 tied for favorite of Flight I. 1990 was the favorite of Flight II, 1996 was the favorite of Flight III, with 2000 a close second.
Our 10 year comparison showed: 1986 although older did not appear 10 years older than 1996.
1989 had more cedar on the palate than 1999.
2000 had more fruit than 1990.
Prices are median New York area prices found on the Web. Every wine showed perfect storage conditions. It was an amazing tasting of four decades of great wines.


Flight I Votes Full Retail $
2004
Dark color, perfume, flowery nose, medium body, intense, classic Bordeaux. Rich, moderate alcohol. Tied for favorite of the Flight.
6 $500.00
2002
Dark color, less Merlot, more Cabernet Sauvignon. Flowers on nose. Rich, full on the mouth, some oak, Powerful. Tied for favorite of Flight I.
6 $534.00
1978
Lighter color, but no browning. Flowers, vegetal nose. Old style 70ís. Balanced. Still has tannin. Very nice. Drinkable.

5 $300.00
Flight II Votes Full Retail $
1990
Dark color. Floral, spice, cedar, black fruits, smoky. Rich. Balanced. Soft tannins. Powerful. The favorite of Flight II.
10 $1,295.00
1989
Dark, fragrant perfume, sweet fruit, low acidity. Not soft. Some tannin. Hot summer with early harvest.
5 $625.00
1986
Dark, dense. Closed nose. Concentrated. Classic Bordeaux, blackberry, cedar closet, liquorice. Oak, spice, raspberries. Long finish.

2 $649.00
Flight III Votes Full Retail $
1995
55% Cabernet Sauvignon, 45% Merlot. Hot dry summer. Dark color, Aromatic nose, fruit bursts In the mouth. More spice on the palate.
0 $529.00
1996
Very dark, less Merlot. Opaque, color with amber rim. Lovely fruit, classic, Tannic, spicy, a lot of acidity, balanced. The favorite of this Flight.
9 $1,229.00
1999
Difficult year. Wet spring. Inky color. Stemmy. Vanilla, fruit, oak, tannic. A lot of stuffing. Chewy, Balanced.
0 $399.00
2000
90% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10 % Merlot. Intense dark color, flowers, nice fruit, harder. Young. Tannic. Placed a close second in this Flight.





8 $1,450.00
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