1.5hr decant. Dark red color with brownish hues that shows the wines age. I would say this is just past prime drinking age. Nose contains violets and cedar as I’ve come to expect from Rauzan Segla. Wine has medium depth with nice cherry fruit, but more wood than I recall from prior bottles. Medium finish. One of my favorite producers! — 2 days ago
Disappointing! I used to be a big fan of this producer, but recent bottles have been lacking.
1 hour decant. Dark purple color. Nose has oak, vanilla, and plum. The body lacks depth and has almost no fruit. More New World than Old World. Short finish. My rating might be harsh at 91, but just had higher expectations. — 22 days ago
Yes it’s young but... really enjoyed it. Lots of flavor yet Not as bold as I like but very nice with the lamb and risotto. I give it a mid-high rating. — 12 days ago
2009 vintage. At that time this estate was owned by French Bank Crédit Agricole, but it was sold in late 2019 to the Perrodo family (owners of Marquis d'Alesme and Labégorce in Margaux). Considered very good terroir, fairly close to the Gironde with 30 years old vines and some very old plots. The blend in this vintage was 55% merlot, 40% cabernet sauvignon and 5% petit verdot. Very attractive nose after 30 minutes in the glass, ripe cassis and flowers. More elegance than sheer power, this is drinking well today with a nice balance between cassis fruit, good acidity and well-integrated oak and alcohol (abv 14%). With a little bit more depth and more fruit in the finish this could have competed with some of the crus classés. In any case very reasonable value at 29 euros and what you'd expect from a good Margaux at this price point. — 13 days ago
Well, I never thought I would go from drinking a ranch water and a glass of White Zinfandel to a monumental vintage 1st growth Bordeaux. 🤷🏻♂️
When my 93 year old grandfather with dementia brings Chateau Margaux over for taco salad night, you just gotta do it....
Chills went down my spine as the scent of this wine hit me while I was pouring it in the decanter. Forest floor, wet leather, muddy earth, dried plums, and black cherries create a harmonious perfumed nose.
On the palate there was this truly amazing finesse and lightness that just stunned me. Black fruit, kirsch, light cocoa and leather hit you head on. After the fine grained tannins hit, there was this ever evolving finish that lasted for minutes. There was a slight minerality on the finish that was also extremely pleasing. Velvety, simply luxurious.
What an experience. Must say the pairing of the night was a little piece of candied ginger and a glass of this.... spectacular.
Great wine, even better company. What wine is all about. — 20 days ago
Gorgeous nose. I’ve always loved 2001 in Margaux. Underbrush, mushrooms, kelp, flowers, super minerally. Initially quite closed but slowly blossoms but it does. Leafy in the best way. Like a late autumn day after a refreshing rain. Aligre always evokes a specific feeling in me. Palate has exceptional balance and freshness. Energetic and deep but clearly needs some decanting. Brambly red fruits tobacco and incredible juiciness. This wine is so great. What an estate. What an out of place wine in the modern Bordeaux! — 19 days ago
1 hour decant(min cloudy sediment). A magical murky dark purple/ruby red color. On the nose: subtle notes of sweet aged Bordeaux, plum with some blueberry, nutty vanilla, green veggie, little stewed spiced meat. Taste: a little lean, medium body with red fruit, cassis, chocolate espresso, and a spicy leather medium plus dry finish. Soft tannins, a little still there...decent job from Chateau Palmer working from a not great vintage. — 23 days ago