Perhaps in 1994 the Cabernet Sauvignon lacked, in the end, a few days extra sunshine. It produced very concentrated, tannic wines with a slightly hard finish. Château Margaux 1994 is a dense and powerful wine, but is still a little austere. It has a close-knit tannic structure, which has softened more than we had expected at the time of blending.
Today, the bouquet is developing well; we can start drinking it.
A particularly hot and dry summer and a very early harvest enabled the grapes to reach a remarkable level of concentration and richness. The heavy rain during the picking came too late to cause any real problems for the ripening of the grapes. (The picking began on 13th September)