Tonight was an interesting night that saw a face off between right and left bank '78 Bordeaux. To say this was an interesting tasting would be an understatement.
The Margaux showed a great color despite the cork being in horrible shape. This opens with a nice mix of red and black fruit - still youthful and fruit forward. This was a good showing - as I’ve had mixed results so far with my Margaux bottles . The classic note of cedar meets sanded mahogany wood was just awesome. There’s a hint of tobacco and forest vegetation, but not too much . Overall, a youthful showing of a classic Bdx. The wine showed itself consistently well over several hours in the decanter. This is finesse over power with an impressive finish. 95 pts.
Next up, we had the much anticipated Ausone. I have very little experience when it comes to right bank Bordeaux, that said, I was quite surprised at how Cab Franc dominated this was on both the nose and palate. The nose started with some rubber and dried out cranberry, only to give way to the classic herbal/pine that defines Cab Franc. The color on the Ausone is slightly more advanced than the Margaux, but still in decent shape. The acidity keeps this very lively. With some air, the wine took on a nice perfumed floral note - similar to Potpourri. Although the wine shows perfectly fine with no flaws and a decent finish, I’m still left wanting more fruit. 93 pts.