A red wine from Margaux with a soft and long finish
Château Margaux is a 1er Cru classified in 1855 from the Margaux appellation. The terroir is typical of the appellation and the cuvées of this mythical property benefit from a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot. After four vintages with fairly late harvests, 1981 marked a return to normalcy. The flowering occurred in a fast and homogeneous manner in June. The month of August was marked by an intense heat and light rains that rejuvenated the vines in September. The harvest went very well, thanks to ideal climatic conditions.
At tasting, the Château Margaux 1981 proves to be a very good vintage. The bouquet is fine, distinguished, elegant and classic. The wine is balanced on the palate and the finish shows tenderness, softness and superb length. Enjoy now.
The organoleptic qualities described here are only valid for the year in which this wine was tasted. Naturally, the wine is subject to evolution in the bottle throughout its life, and certain characteristics described in this commentary will no longer apply.
Wine Advocate-Parker :
In weight and texture, the 1981 Margaux is closest in style to the 1979. It is an outstanding wine, even in the company of the monumental wines of 1982, 1983, and 1986, although it does not have the power and weight of these vintages. It is still very dark ruby/purple-colored. The aromatics suggest ripe cassis fruit, spicy vanillin oakiness, and violets. On the palate, the wine is medium-bodied, concentrated, tannic, and extremely long. It is just beginning to open and evolve. Anticipated maturity: Now-2015. Last tasted, 12/96.