A great representation of the terroir...
Barton & Guestier Margaux is crystal clear without any hint of sediment and gas evidence. It has a deep concentration of colour, presents a deep ruby core and light red rim with a touch of purplish highlight. It has small variation from core to rim. It shows a charming brightness, and a moderate extraction. Its tears are thick and moves down slowly, showing that the wine has a certain viscosity.
It presents an up front and opulent aroma, youthful, energetic and high intensity.
The first nose shows a freshly-picked black fruit aroma of blackcurrants, blueberries, dark cherries, with an obvious floral note like a big bunch of bouquet with violets, red lilies, and roses. After swirling the glass, the wine becomes more complex and presents an even richer fruit aroma, floral note, and plenty of sweet spices like cinnamon, clove, nutmeg, sweet vanilla, followed by a touch of black pepper, Turkish delight, cedarwood, cigar leaves and a hint of well-balanced oakiness.
It is a medium body wine with lovely texture on the palate. The vibrant acidity balances out its rich fruitiness which cuts through the spiciness. Its tannin is velvet and silky. 13% alcohol by volume is relatively low, giving the wine a soft approach. Its firm structure provides a good backbone to support the wine. It finishes with a clean and fresh cut of aftertaste-a lasting taste of black fruit, spices, floral, and bitterness.
Overall, the wine is feminine and elegant; it is a great representation of the terroir, complete, well-made.
It’s a very approachable and comfortable wine to enjoy every day.
The wine is suggested to be enjoyed at 17°C–18°C. Drinking it at this temperature enhances the freshness and minimizes the alcohol approach. Such an accessible wine doesn’t need to be decanted. One can simply let it breath in the bottle for half an hour to one hour before enjoying it. It has 3-4 years of ageing potential.