Thursday, January 27, 2011

UGC Bordeaux - 2008 Margaux

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I've never really known what to think of Margaux. At the top, the wines are some of the most alluring, feminine, sexy wines in all of Bordeaux. But it barely takes a sneeze to topple these wines into overpriced mediocrity. And that's how the wines came off at the tasting. Just in a very awkward stage, either closed or muted. Tannins were either nonexistent, or very hard - lacking ripeness? Oak is sticking out too.

Château Brane-Cantenac - a bit jammy, flabby on the palate, finish takes a dive
Château Giscours - oaky, graphite minerality, very lean
Château Kirwan -ripe berries, softly structured
Château Labégorce - ripe pure fruit, balanced
Château Lascombes - oaky coffee aromas, hard tannins
Château Malescot Saint-Exupéry - fresh berries, pure fruit, tight hard tannins
Château Marquis de Terme - oaky, lean and very sharp, finely structured
Château Prieuré-Lichine - pure fruit, ripe, minerally character, quite good
Château Rauzan-Ségla - oaky nose, soft fruit, supple tannins

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