Thursday, January 27, 2011

UGC Bordeaux - 2008 Margaux


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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