January 2003, Score: 83
Herbal notes continue to dominate this meagerly endowed wine. Tannins have taken hold, and the fruit seems to have gone into hiding. The wine shows some earthy old wood and mushroom notes and a desiccated finish in a lightweight style. It was more pleasant right after bottling than it is today, raising legitimate fears about its future. Anticipated maturity: Now-2010. Last tasted, 12/00. Drink: 2003-2010.
The 1995 reveals a dark ruby color with purple tints. It exhibits moderate ripeness, as well as black cherry scents intermingled with earth, olives, and oak. It is moderately tannic, with medium body. This should be a mid-weight, unobtrusive style of claret that should drink well for 10-12 years. Last tasted 3/96. Drink: 1996-2008.
I rarely see this wine before bottling. The 1995 reveals a dark ruby color with purple tints. It exhibits moderate ripeness, as well as black-cherry scents intermingled with earth, olives, and oak. Moderately tannic, with medium body, this should be a mid-weight, unobtrusive style of claret.
One of the oldest château in Bordeaux, this property was originally established in the 12th centuryby the Durfort de Duras family. In 1824, it was purchased by M. de Vivens who consequently addedhis own name. Over the years, it fluttered about various owners like a feather in the wind (including Château Margaux) until it landed in the palm of the Lurton family, Gonzagues Lurton to be exact.
Margaux, Red Bordeaux
Plump, silky and seductive are the words often used to describe wines from Margaux. Because of their style, they tend to be user friendly and more approachable when young. This is in part due to its terroir which is comprised of the thinnest soil as well as the highest proportion of chunky gravel in all of the Médoc. It drains well but also is it more susceptible to vintage variation. Margaux wines tend to have the highest proportions of Merlot within the core of the Médoc further adding to their ample roundness and openness. Margaux is home to the largest number of classified growths including its namesake first growth, Château Margaux, as well as third growths, Palmer and d’Issan.