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CHARACTERISTICS OF THE VINTAGE
Due to the particularly damp and humid conditions that prevailed in spring, all vine growers were particularly vigilant in the first part of the year. In fact, summer only really came in mid July, although from then the grapes ripened gently and slowly. Drought conditions persisted right up to harvest time and although the levels of sugar did not quite reach those of 1999, the richness and maturity of the phenolic compounds was astonishing. The quality of the fruit, along with immensely ripe tannins and sufficient acidity have produced a truly great Margaux with a long life expectancy.
Tasting notes from Enrico Bernardo, 12/01/2011: Rich, concentrated ruby-red colour with deep purple highlights. Starting to show its age on the nose, featuring overtones of graphite, plum, and eucalyptus. Classic flavour profile with a tannic aftertaste. Rich and somewhat astringent, but above all tannic and long.
Tasting notes from Georges Lepré, 02/04/2009: Very deep purple. Powerful, imperious, complex nose with notes of black currant, plum, crystallized fruit, spices, smoke, cigar box, cedar, leather, mint and forest floor. Attacks with an imposing palate, then sumptuous very high quality tannins take over enrobed in gorgeous ripe fruit – the whole sustained by impeccable freshness. The lovely richness persists to the long particularly tasty finish. Historical in every respect, this vintage is already enjoyable. It will retain all its seductive powers for at least thirty years. Must be decanted two hours before serving.
GRAPE VARIETIES IN THE FINAL BLEND
Cabernet Sauvignon: 53%, Merlot: 47%