1990 Margaux, Chateau Bordeaux Blend
Bordeaux Blend - 375ML

  • WA 100
  • WS 98
  • IWC 98

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Robert Parker's Wine Advocate - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, October 2016
The 1990 Chateau Margaux has turned into a sensational wine that eclipses both the 1988 and 1989...and then some. It has a gorgeous, ethereal bouquet with sumptuous red berry fruit, leather, camphor and licorice—it is the... The 1990 Chateau Margaux has turned into a sensational wine that eclipses both the 1988 and 1989...and then some. It has a gorgeous, ethereal bouquet with sumptuous red berry fruit, leather, camphor and licorice—it is the kind of nose in which you just immerse yourself. Is there a hint of brettanomyces here? If there is, I don't really care. The palate is soft and sensual with incredible depth. Fleshy and corpulent for Chateau Margaux, and yet surfeit with breeding and finesse, there are layers or red fruit, kirsch, sage and fig, later tobacco and cloves. I feel that this 1990 Château Margaux is at its peak and yet the harmony, the sheer swagger of this wine just wins you over. Magnificent. Tasted May 2016. - Neal Martin
WS 98
Wine Spectator - Wine Spectator, February 2005
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... 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. -JS
IWC 98
Stephen Tanzer's IWC - Stephen Tanzer's IWC, August 2002
Full ruby-red. Wonderfully perfumed nose combines redcurrant plum mocha minerals and rose petal. Plush fat and rich with great sweetness and class. This has utterly compelling mouthfilling richness. Finishes smooth and... Full ruby-red. Wonderfully perfumed nose combines redcurrant plum mocha minerals and rose petal. Plush fat and rich with great sweetness and class. This has utterly compelling mouthfilling richness. Finishes smooth and endless with great breadth. This wine showed fabulous potential from barrel but this is the first truly outstanding bottle I've had. Drink 2005 through 2035.
Color & Type Red
Varietal Bordeaux Blend
Country France
Region Bordeaux
Sub-region Margaux
Vintage 1990

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Since the 17th Century, the grand vin of Chateau Margaux has been recognized as one of the greatest wines in the entire world. It owes its unique qualities to the genius of its terroir as well as to the passionate work of a succession of generations. It’s a remarkable wine that comes from a combination of characteristics that are only rarely found: finesse, elegance, complexity, density, intensity, length and freshness. Although its tannic concentration may be exceptional, it’s rare to detect astringency.

The great vintages are distinguished by their formidable ability to move us, while the lesser vintages give pleasure to wine enthusiasts. Chateau Margaux has an extraordinary ability to evolve with age, developing finesse, aromatic aromatic complexity, and a remarkable presence on the palate.

Winery

Margaux, Chateau

Chateau Margaux is a famous wine estate in the Medoc region, which along with Lafite, Latour and Haut Brion, was rated a First Growth in the original 1855 Bordeaux Classification. It covers 262 hectares, of which 82 hectares are planted to Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Petit Verdot and Cabernet Franc, and 12 hectares to Sauvignon Blanc.

In the 12th century, the property was called “La Mothe de Margaux” (the Margaux mound) and by the 16th century, wine was being produced at the estate. In 1705, the London Gazette advertised the first auction of 230 barrels of “Margose” and the 1771 vintage was the first “claret” to appear in a Christie’s catalogue. Indeed one of America’s Founding Fathers and vintner in his own right, Thomas Jefferson, visited this great estate in the late 18th century and declared it to be a vineyard of “first quality”. When Bertrand Douat, Marquis de la Colonilla, acquired the estate, he built the chateau that is often nicknamed the “Versailles of the Medoc”, a rare example of the neo-palladian style in France.

Andre Mentzelopoulos purchased the property in 1977, investing heavily in the estate and a program of improvements. Since his death in 1980, the property has been run by his daughter Corinne who continued his work in restoring the chateau to its former glory.