Great beauty is so obvious—women, art, and wine, whatever. You know when you find it, and I certainly found it today in Bordeaux. I just tasted the 2005 Margaux, and it took my breath away. This is a wine that could be 100 points when it is finally bottled.
Here is my note:
Unbelievable nose already. Incredible complexity of aromas from wild raspberries to flowers and fresh mushrooms. Violets, currants. Love it. Full-bodied, with ultra-refined tannins. Long, long finish. It lasts for minutes on the palate. This is a wine of classic beauty.
Winemaker and manager Paul Pontailler called the wine "the greatest vintage we have ever made,” as I tasted the wine a few hours ago with him at the chateau. But I have heard that from his lips before. Hell. I already gave the 2000 and 1995 wines 100 points. But the 2005 is stupendous. And anyone who tastes it will know right away that it is a fabulous, gorgeous red.
“The 2003 was extraordinary. but it was not like the 2005," Pontallier said. "This is denser and more powerful than 2000…this is textbook Margaux. It is the purist expression of Margaux ever…it is magic.”
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