by Steven Spurrier. On paper, the weather pattern favoured Margaux rather than the northern Medoc, but although there was overall good quality in this usually very diverse appellation, there were very few outstanding wines. Gonzague Lurton of Durfort-Vivens said that the winter had not been cold enough to allow the wines to “decant” properly and that they would benefit from a really cold spell next winter to brighten them up. There were some over-extracted, raw wines and those chateaux going for elegance came off best. Quality is certainly better than 2004, the very hot 2003 where many of the wines were cooked, and the rather light 2002. There will be some interesting comparisons over time between 2001, which was a success for the appellation.

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