2007 Domaine de L’Ile Margaux, Bordeaux Supérieur
Score : 87/100
The Domaine de l’Île Margaux is a very unique wine estate located on a small island in the middle of the Garonne River, its Gironde estuary in fact to be more precise, facing the prestigious vineyards of Chateau Margaux.
The vineyards are grown organically, and the 5 classic Bordeaux grapes are represented on the estate which is nowadays very rare in Bordeaux. Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot, Petit Verdot, and even Malbec (hardly anyone grows Malbec around Bordeaux anymore) are cropped on the island.
The 2007 vintage was a very difficult one in the Bordeaux region, with wet and cool weather all along the growing, in particular through summer making it difficult to ripen diluted grapes.
Tasting Notes of 2007 Domaine de L’Ile Margaux Red
This Bordeaux red comes in a dark red color indeed, a dark red to the core, intense red with orange hues to the rim betraying we are here with a 10-year-old wine although it is still looking vibrant.
The nose appears a bit restrained and not too talkative, liked faded by a dominant dusty tone. Some ripe dark cherry fruit comes through, together with hints of blackcurrant, vanilla and clove, touches of green capsicum, and a wealth of spicy white pepper aromas. But the whole feels a little shy, like blurred in a cloud of a forest-floor smell.
The palate displays a soft and round, velvety, quite full a body. It is dry and quite savory in a typical Bordeaux fashion. A refined finish, with well-integrated oak, plenty of spices, and layers of fruit.
Unfortunately, this bottle feels and tastes like the shadow of a very interesting red wine. Perhaps the cork has transfered a little dusty elements to the wine, it did appear the wine had gone half-way through the cork already which is not very common after ten years for a good-quality cork.
The wine in this particular bottle I tasted is blurred and unclear, difficult to appreciate and enjoy, although the elements of a ripe, savory and complex Bordeaux wine do appeared in the background. It would be interesting to try a different bottle, in the hope this was just a one-off closure issue.