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1981 Margaux, Margaux (high shoulder)

SKU #1119497 95 points Wine Spectator

Outer quote mark The other wine of the vintage. Seriously powerful with fabulous color and mint, cassis and berry aromas and flavors. Has a full body and is tannic; still needs time to come around. (JS) Inner quote mark (10/1994)

91 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

Outer quote mark In weight and texture, the 1981 Margaux is closest in style to the 1979. It is an outstanding wine, even in the company of the monumental wines of 1982, 1983, and 1986, although it does not have the power and weight of these vintages. It is still very dark ruby/purple-colored. The aromatics suggest ripe cassis fruit, spicy vanillin oakiness, and violets. On the palate, the wine is medium-bodied, concentrated, tannic, and extremely long. It is just beginning to open and evolve. (RP) Inner quote mark (11/1996)

K&L Notes

"A dusty nose dominated by autumn leaves, black pepper and tobacco, the palate under-ripe but still lively, quite acidic with tertiary notes of dried leaves, forest floor and damp moss, in a similar vein to the Chateau Margaux 1978, which seems to have lasted better. Drink now. Tasted March 2008." - Neil Martin


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