The 93 and 94 vintages in Bordeaux met with sparse praise from critics but I have found that selected wines, particularly non-Medoc, can be very good.
This one was quite dark, had a nose of red fruit (with a slight green edge typical of the vintage) with very decent fruit levels on palate and a softly tannic medium length finish.
There are quite a few from these vintages that are like this - 93 Trotanoy is excellent as is the La Mission, and the Magdalaine is quite decent. In the slightly better vintage of 1994 the La Mission is killer and if carefully bought so are some of the Left bank like the Pichon Lalonde.
The ‘94 Ch. Margaux did not disappoint!
“Base neck fill and pristine cork; double decanted an hour before dinner. Deep garnet core with minimal bricking. Classic Margaux bouquet, with notes of dried red fruits, violets, plums, black truffle, cigar box and earth; nothing flamboyant here, very elegant and regal. Medium bodied, well balanced, with a silky texture, impressive depth, classic structure and grip, long and focused finish. A lovely wine but not meant for large tastings, as this is the antithesis of so many modern, flashy, and flamboyant Bordeaux; best savored and enjoyed with a meal.”
Have tasted that one and it was decent. I have seen variable results for it though.
After the superb trio of 88, 89, 90, things went in the dumper. I was in Bordeaux in 1991 watching them harvesting at Petrus in the pouring rain, and I have tasted a few 91 and 92 bottles (not Petrus) and they are pretty poor, though with some surprises but 93 is decent if you are selective and 94 even a bit better.
I am one for one on the 93 La Fleur Petrus - one corked and one decent. One to go…