While 1983 wasn't a great vintage in all of Bordeaux, it was definitely outstanding for the whole of Margaux.
I hadn't had a 83 in a long time and was curious how it evolved.
This bottle didn't need any decanting, 30 minutes in the Zalto was enough and it started rocking.
The nose had dark red fruits, leather, licorice, spices, smoky notes and some flowers.
It is medium bodied with great concentration and only little tannins left.
Acidity and fruit are perfectly balanced with smoky notes and licorice on the finish.
This Margaux 1983 seems to be close to full maturity but it should be able to stay there for at least another decade!
The 2000 Château Monbousquet from #StEmilion was the first red wine served at the Commanderie dinner. If you aren’t familiar with Monbousquet, it was the first property ever purchased by Gerard Perse of Château Pavie (in 1993). Some have described it as more ‘New World’ and modern in style, but I found this bottle from 2000 to be well-balanced, with a nice acidic backbone and fruit that wasn’t overly ripe. It still needs to shed a bit of oak, but this does create some nice spicy and espresso notes. There was a good bit of sweetness noted on the finish as well. My guess is that this improves a bit over the next few years, though it’s completely accessible now. While this vintage is bit higher priced, newer vintages offer excellent value. 👍🍷