Robert Parker 87
Moderate garnet core with tawny rim. The nose is quite attractive, expressing the heat of the summer but without any greenness like some ’89s show. The Merlot is quite dominant, cooked meats, a touch of smoke, tobacco coming through in its slipstream. For a Margaux it is masculine, but it has retained good vigour as it enters adulthood although returning ten minutes later it is oxidizing more rapidly than I would like. The palate is medium-bodied, supple in texture, not particularly complex but feminine, lithe and wily. A very drinkable d’Issan that slips down the throat with ease, though it lacks some length and drifts away on the finish with a little volatility on the aftertaste. Commendable wine though. Drink now-2012 Tasted July 2008.
Anticipated maturity: 2008-2012