On to Margaux
On to Margaux, Moulis, Listrac and Médoc. I must say that of the lesser appellations, I was most impressed by Ch. Clarke. This should be a good value for money buy. In the Margaux appellation itself, apart from Ch. Margaux and to a lesser extent, Ch. Palmer, both of which are hors combat, there were, as has become apparent this year, some big variations. Some of the châteaux made rather hard and astringent wines – very un-Margaux like, but even those at the top of the range made wines of great power, whilst at the same time displaying the finesse that one has come to expect from the appellation. Top châteaux for me here – some for their finesse and some for their power, but all displaying a fine degree of balance were Ch. Labegorce, Ch. Lascombes, Ch. Malescot Saint-Exépury, Ch. Prièure-Lichine and Ch. Rausan-Ségla. All should be reasonably priced and I will be looking forward to seeing them.