Deep ruby with a hint of garnet at the rim; the dark color has always been a characteristic of the wines of 1975. Very closed nose hints at ripe red cherry, fresh orange peel, flowers, leather and cinnamon. Cherry-vanilla, cassis and cedar flavors are somewhat chunky and sweet, and are lifted by an intense mineral note. The finish features a tangy cherry skin note and lingers with good saline and spicy length, but the tannins are distinctly chewy. I like this wine's big, rich mouthfeel, but I find it a little less refined than many other vintages of Magdelaine. Nineteen seventy-five was characterized by an early-season frost that reduced the Merlot yields and a very rainy August and September that were worrisome at the time: 216 millimeters of rain fell during those two months, and the only other previous vintages recording more than 200 millimeters of rain over the same period had been the less-than-glorious 1960, 1965, 1968 and 1969.) But the end of July and August were very warm (36.5Â°C on July 31!), which saved the vintage, and the August 7-9 rainy period did little damage as the great heat had already thickened the skins. Though this year was initially considered exceptional, many wines have remained stubbornly tannic and charmless, though this is not the case with the Magdelaine. And as Merlot tends to be less tannic than Cabernet Sauvignon, the Right Bank wines often drink better and show more charm than their Left Bank siblings. (ID)
Still evolving at a glacial pace, Magdelaine's 1975 remains a promising spicy, mineral-laden, muscular wine with plenty of extract, as well as a high level of tannin. The wine exhibits a dark garnet color with some amber at the edge. The nose offers up smoky, earthy aromas intermixed with plenty of sweet, highly extracted black fruits (particularly cherries). In the mouth, the wine is medium to full-bodied and powerful, with some astringent tannin noticeable in the finish. The wine leaves a hefty impression on the palate, particularly for the normally elegant, stylish Magdelaine, and will benefit from another 2-3 years of cellaring. I doubt that the tannin will ever fully dissipate, but this is an impressive, somewhat old style Bordeaux. (RP)
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