By Chateau Margaux
The 1990 Margaux from Château Margaux, Margaux, Bordeaux
The 1990 vintage from the prestigious appellation of Margaux in Bordeaux bestows upon us one of the truly grand creations in this noble chalice of vinous history – the magnanimous 1990 Margaux from Château Margaux. I recall with fondness and anticipation the moment this vintage graced my lips, a testimony to the exceptional weather patterns that befell Bordeaux that year.
A Vintage Carved by Nature's Hand
The winter was mild, spring bestowed benevolent rains, and the summer was dry but not scorching, allowing grapes to prosper in harmony with nature. The Indian summer that followed ensured optimal ripeness. This series of fortunate events culminated in a harvest that has been etched into the annals of viticulture for its calm and for the equanimity it imparted upon the fruit.
Invest in Liquid History
A tapestry of rich complexity, this 1990 vintage intertwines sumptuous layers of dark fruits with an exquisite tannic structure. Mature notes of blackcurrant and cedar are entwined with a contemporary twist of violet and tertiary nuances which hint at tobacco and truffle. A delicate interplay exists within the liquid; a balance struck between power and elegance, a hallmark of Château Margaux's winemaking philosophy. The longevity of this cherished vintage illuminates its strength as an investment asset for connoisseurs and investors alike.
To indulge in the 1990 Margaux from Château Margaux is to partake in a chapter of Bordeaux's wine anthology where each sip offers a narrative woven from terroir and climatic serenity. It is a wine that not only resonates with depth and precision but also provides a tangible connection to an extraordinary vintage.
Conclusion: The Quintessence of Bordeaux Elegance
In summary, the 1990 Margaux from Château Margaux encapsulates a year when celestial forces conspired to elevate Bordeaux’s craft to sublime heights. Investing in this wine is an entrustment into one of nature's rare jewels, promising rewards both sensory and monetary. Amidst the pantheon of immortal vintages, one will find the 1990 positioned with distinction – inviting admiration, contemplation, and ultimately, profound appreciation.
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Scores and tasting notes
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)
Robert Parker Jr - Wine Advocate #183 June 2009
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 - The Wine Advocate, 28 October 2016
Tasted at Bordeaux Index Chateau Margaux dinner at The Square. It has been some time since I last tasted this Chateau Margaux. But what a stellar performance! Youthful in colour, the glycerine-rich nose is brilliantly defined and showing none of the alcohol and volatility that some ’90 clarets are beginning to show. Very intense bouquet: blackberry, cassis, warm gravels, violets and a hint of roasting chestnut. The palate is full-bodied, broad-shouldered with intense black fruits, sinewy, layers of cassis and black plum, a hint of damson leading to a vice-like grip on the fig and raisin-tinged finish. Voluptuous, but this is no harlot, this is far more intellectual and refined. Drink now-2030+ Tasted October 2009.
Neal Martin - Wine Journal Jul 2009