get some Muga rioja for 15 quid instead
This would echo my thoughts.
St Estephe especially is much more masculine and like most boys takes longer to mature but is always “rigid”
Margaux - steely and tight when young but opens to a lovely smooth, fruit driven wine
Listrac find a little more “rustic” but in a good way - the fruit is more ‘from the woods’
I’ve been buying D’Angludet since 1990 in most decent vintages and have never had a bad one. The ‘90 is still a lovely wine!
I have very fond memories of the ‘78, 83 and 85 d’Angludet - indeed we had the ‘83 as one of our wedding breakfast wines in 1998. ‘83 was a superb Margaux vintage (better in many cases than ‘82) and Angludet was perfectly ready after 15 years of cellaring. I kept a couple of bottles back for our 10th anniversary and it was still drinking well in 2008. So it has staying power.
Labegorce-Zede however was always my favourite Margaux cru bourgeois - especially the 78, 83 and 89. Sadly it was merged back into the larger Labegorce after 2005. In most vintages I felt it had the edge over d’Angludet.
This thread has also reminded me I have a couple of odd bottles of ‘96 Marquis d’Aleseme Becker in the cellar. Historically it was rarely seen in the Uk. I bought mine in a small village in the Charente while visiting family. I must try one soon. Reviews aren’t great but it will be an interesting experiment.
This thread, stems from a city break in Bordeaux last summer. One day I took the single track train out to Margaux village and was profoundly disappointed by the monoculture and eyewateringly expensive wines on offer. Ditto pauillac which was perhaps worse.
But… I persevered and picked up several bottles of lesser château - truly marvelous wines which raised the bar somewhat. Hence my search to recapture the experience.
The only one of these I have tried is Angludet.
I have bought it many times.
It is consistent and has a particular character.
I think of it as the Beaumont of Margaux
I’m opinionated and stupid (some say I should have been a polititician )
OK - in the end I bought both the Angludet 2011 & Brane 2012. Both given a 2 hr decant in the trusty TWS decanter before tasting. The Ang. was rounded, velvety, balanced and a lovely easy drinking wine, yet complex. The Brane, brighter, sharper & more defined, more aromatic - slightly more tannin & less mature - definite loganberry.
Both are EXCELLENT, choosing between them I think comes down to personal likes & expectation. The Angludet is at its best right now, the Brane perhaps is still on the up? My advice would get a half dozen of each and put them down to compare with your guests for Xmas’s to come.