Clear, medium intensity ruby with a hint of purple and a slight garnet rim. Clean, medium intensity nose of black fruits, pepper, and tasteful woodiness: oak and earthy cedar. Dry, medium acidity and low to medium tannins; medium body. In the mouth black cherry dominates, with a smokiness and hints of Merlot red fruits in the background. Not as complex as I would have hoped, but very nicely balanced. A medium-plus finish through which a pleasant spiciness surfaces. 12.5% alcohol. Overall very good; definitely recommended.
I splurged on this one; it’s New Year’s Eve. This is the most expensive bottle I’ve ever bought: $76 at Kitsilano Wine Cellar. I had to try a Margaux after watching James Cluer’s video on Château Margaux. I’m not disappointed: though I can imagine better, the quality here is evident.