Marcassin and Margaux


I visited with a freind last night for dinner at his home. He served a NV Pierre Peters Champagne that was nice, fruity, apples and pears, nice summery sparkler. First wine was 2003 Marcassin Zio Tony Ranch Chardonnay incredible depth without being cloying or hot. Nice stone fruit, citrus, orange marmalade and lemon zest with bright acidity on the finish...just a hint of oaky vanilla. With grilled filets of beef he opened (two hours in the decanter) 1995 Chateau Margaux. Deep purple in the glass wth no signs of age. Effusive nose of cassis and blackberry with the trademark Margaux perfume just a whiff of cedar and leather. Quite fleshy on the palate with fairly concentrated black fruit, cassis and anise. Fairly soft tannins, quite lush. The wine will hold for at least another ten years and could still use a few more years of development. We finished the evening with a 1994 Taylors Fladgate Vintage Port. Huge mouthful of complex black fruit and berry fruit flavors. Sweet and smooth with a deep long finish. Still fairly primary could use some time.
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