1990 Margaux

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Average critic rating : 99.0 points



I had this wine both in Seoul, Korea in February, and from my cellar in December, 2008, and it was remarkable how identical the wines smelled and tasted. It offers an extraordinary aromatic display of spring flowers, camphor, sweet red and black fruits, a hint of licorice, and no evidence of its 100% new oak cask aging. Round and generous with low acidity, but an opulent, full-bodied richness that is fresh with laser-like precision, this stunning wine is just beginning to reach its plateau of full maturity, where it should remain for another three decades. A sensational effort, it is one of the legendary wines made at Chateau Margaux. Release price: ($1800.00/case) Wine Advocate.June, 2009



Full-bodied, yet racy and refined, with blackberry and licorice character. Long. It keeps getting better and better. Hard not to drink now. In fact, I would, but it will age well for decades. '89/'90 Bordeaux non-blind horizontal. Drink now. James Suckling,Wine Spectator 2005

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Margaux 1990
+£5,088.00     (+138.07%) Latest price:  £8,773.00
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The first of the grand Médoc appellations north of Bordeaux is named after its greatest wine, Château Margaux. Margaux is one of the largest appellations of the Médoc and, unlike Pauillac for instance, Ch. Margaux stands alone at the top. Neighbouring properties Châteaux Palmer and Rauzan-Ségla are probably its closest competitors.

Owned by the Mentzelopulous family since 1977, and run by the charismatic Paul Pontallier since 1983, Château Margaux is one of the finest wines of Bordeaux, and the epitome of feminine, fragrant Bordeaux.

The vineyards are planted to Cabernet Sauvignon (75%), Merlot (20%), Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot. In top vintages such as 2005 or 2010, the Cabernet Sauvignon can dominate the blend and more and more is used in the grand vin: whilst the Merlot gives the grand vin flesh, Paul Pontallier believes that it is the Cabernet Sauvignon that gives it greatness.

As with most of the best Bordeaux estates, a second wine is made: Pavillon Rouge de Ch. Margaux and, unusually for Margaux, a 100% Sauvignon Blanc white wine is made: Pavillon Blanc de Ch. Margaux.

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