Robert Parker 98
Deep garnet in color, the 2010 Chateau Margaux features notions of minted blackcurrants, new leather and Black Forest cake with nuances of sauteed herbs, tar, underbrush and wild fungi plus a waft of cedar. Full-bodied, the palate has a rock-solid structure of firm, grainy tannins and bold freshness supporting the taut, muscular fruit, finishing long and earthy.
Anticipated maturity: 2023-2060
Tasted blind. Deep garnet. Much sweeter and more obviously oaky than the Rauzan-Ségla. Very toasty. So oaky. But underneath there’s very good fruit and freshness. I wonder if the oak will relinquish its pre-eminence? I’m not sure the fruit can stand up to it. Acid sticks out a little on the finish at the moment but should come round. (JH)
Anticipated maturity: 2020-2035
Saturated ruby-red. Deep aromas of blackberry, licorice and bitter chocolate, complicated by nuances of loam and coffee extract. Dense, thick and sweet, but with harmonious acidity giving shape and lift to the pungent cassis, spice and tobacco flavors. Youthfully chewy wine with terrific underlying structure and a very long, sappy finish featuring broad tannins and a hint of licorice. This has improved considerably since the Primeurs, but I still think the 2009 Margaux is the superior wine.