Chateau Margaux need no introduction, one of the 4 First Growth in the original 1855 Bordeaux classification (Chateau Mouton only elevated in 1973). I only had once and it was a 1999 so I can’t really put a conclusion how good is a Chateau Margaux, but from all the reading I got to know that Margaux is the most delicate, elegance and fragrance wine in Bordeaux. Well, I hope I will be able to drink more Chateau Margaux in my future wine journey…..
Chateau Margaux also produce one of the best white (100% Sauvignon Blanc) wines in Medoc, well-known for the sheer freshness and the ability to develop in the bottle for decades. I have been adored the white wines from Medoc, say: Pape Clement Blanc, Smith Haut-Lafitte Blanc and Domaine de Chevalier Blanc, all are truly delicious and complex and indeed I can see the good future of them in the bottle.
We have a bottle of 1995 Pavillon Blanc du Margaux, this was not really good and only showed better in the next day. However, the 1986 Pavillon Blanc du Margaux was truly brilliant, I’m truly impressed. 25yrs of age, still possess remarkable freshness, energy and power, this continued developed in the glass over the 2.5hrs lunch with no sign of fading, sensational. Still on its way up and should have no problem to keep for another 10-15yrs.
The 1999 Vosne-Romanée 1er Cru En Orveaux from Sylvain Cathiard was a good wine but was clearly overwhelmed by the 1986 Blanc….
- Alcohol :: 12.5%
honey, dry fruits, mineral with touch of roasted grassiness and dry sherry like aromas ad palate profile with good mineral complexity and citrus, lemon infused flavor that coated the palate with almost creamy texture and lengthy finish that’s linger with mineral and oak aftertaste, quite heaty too. Maybe additional bottle age will do some good for this.
- Alcohol :: 12.5%
Day-2. Expressive and subtle aromas of mineral, sea shell, sea breeze and less dry sherry character on the aromatic profile with star fruits, guava, floral, dash of honey and nuttiness, everything is so focus and complex. The palate has also improved, better integration and weight on the palate. Round and polished, impeccable balance, the juice is so smooth and velvety that caressing my palate till the finish that’s linger with mineral and green herbs. Though there was this alcohol heat exude at the very end that distract a bit, other than that I have nothing to nail.
1986 Pavillon Blanc du Château Margaux – France, Bordeaux, Bordeaux Contrôlée
- Light golden color that seems not developed much, just like a 2000s. Popped and poured and the bouquet was already lovely, elegance and seductive. Expressive, gentle, perfumes aromas of floral, fresh cut grass and green herbs complexity over smoke, fresh honey coated ripe fruits: citrus, lemon, guava with mineral infused, the aromas itself is absolutely top class and with time, red apple aromas evolved. Palate wise, it was quite soft on the entry with richness and intensity build up along the mid palate and finish, and it was really powerful on the finish with mineral aftertaste. With more aeration, the almost crisp mouth feel turned to creamier, richer and fuller. Very complete from the entry till the finish, seamless I would say, with really good intensity and depth, though not really highly complex for the flavor spectrum. Fresh, precise and detail that leads to the focus, delicate medium length finish. Very good and for the youthfulness that it showed today, this will only get better with additional bottle age. Buy – Yes.
1999 Sylvain Cathiard Vosne-Romanée 1er Cru En Orveaux – France, Burgundy, Côte de Nuits, Vosne-Romanée 1er Cru
- Alcohol :: 13.5%
Dark brick core with light brownish hue. Expressive and aromatic, though not super attractive as the dark floral, blue Pinot fruits, earth, leather and mushroom aromas all wrapped under the roasted aromas which I don’t really flavor, as it seems lack a bit of the freshness and definition. The palate is showing better though, fresher, good grip with flavor of Umami, red and blue pinot fruits over roasted herb and mineral. Rich and fullish mouth feel, rounded, with ripe tannin and acidity, though I do not really favor of the roasted aromas that seems lack a bit of freshness and definition here, but overall this is a good wine that is almost mature with decent lengthy finish.