Pavillon Rouge du Chateau Margaux 2004

92 points

Margaux, Bordeaux, France. 13%

This wine more than any other forced me to reassess my predjudice against 2nd wines of the top classes growths. This is a beautiful lovely wine, really special. It showed very well in a Margaux tasting in Bordeaux last year. Now at home in Australia it’s a joy to drink, perhaps a little more approachable in style than I recall though undoubtably it has a long life ahead of it. Deftly balanced fruit tannin alcohol and acid mark this wine out. The oak is good though understandably at this age it’s a little too pronounced.

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Isole e Olena Cepparello 2004

91+ points

Tuscany, Italy. 14%

Intense 100% Sangiovese with real depth. At the moment it’s a bit like biting into a bunch of grapes, dense primary flavours with substantial tannin. Yet it’s enjoyable with food. Cellar for 10 years easily.