Category Archives: 1981

1981 Chateau Margaux

ChateauMargaux.jpgLast bit of the bottle, so very cloudy, ruby with browning. On the nose, evolved bouquet, medium intensity, clove, cardamom, nutmeg, wet leather glove, lots of basement, some fruit left, black currant, some cherry, some oak, and certain earth. On the palate, dry, medium intensity, medium body, almost no tannin left, medium- acidity, classic Bordeaux flavors but quick fading, with a pretty weak spice driven finish. To be honest I expected more, but everyone should know very few wines last 28 years and are still great. I think this vintage was great once, just not today.    

1981 Chateau Margaux

I managed to get a taste of this wine as a favor for selling wine for another server last night. This wine was shockingly fruity considering it’s age, and this vintage has been overshadowed by the popularity and quality of the 82’s.  On the nose, complex bouquet, medium+ intensity, cardamom, clove, cigarbox, leather, tobacco, classic…Continue Reading

1981 Chateau Margaux

Tasting this wine gave me a sense of what it means to be a great vintage. Not just a good vintage, great vintages last longer and are just generally better the day they are made and continue to age as better than just good. First off, 81 like the 83, didn’t hold a candle to…Continue Reading