1989 Margaux 750ml

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1989 Margaux

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Wine Advocate | 89

As prodigious as the 1990 is, the 1989 seems to typify so many of the Medoc first-growths in this vintage - excellent, but undistinguished for its reputation. The wine possesses a leathery, oaky nose, medium body, and good ripeness, but next to the 1990, the 1989 is dwarfed by that wine's richness, intensity, and length. The tannins come across as more elevated, as well as slightly greener and tougher. The 1989 may put on more weight and come together, much like the 1985 did after 4-6 years in the bottle, but for now, this wine seems to follow the pattern of many 1989 Medoc first-growths, revealing an unexciting level of quality. Give it 5-6 more years of cellaring, and drink it over the following 20.

Drink Dates: 2002-2022
Author: Robert Parker
Issue: 109

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Wine Spectator | 96

Round and velvety wine, with lovely blackberry and raspberry characer. Full-bodied, with lovely tannins and a long finish. Still tight. Not as big as I remember, but excellent. I have always loved this wine. '89/'90 Bordeaux non-blind horizontal.

Drink Dates: 2008+
Author: James Suckling


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Score: 89
Author: marv
Trust Rating: 98
Tasted On: 06/25/2014
Mature
Score: 93
Author: ChrisMus
Trust Rating: 91
Tasted On: 12/01/2013
Score: 100
Author: BORDEAUXLICIOUS
Trust Rating: 92
Tasted On: 02/21/2013
Youthful in appearance, opaque, ruby red with no signs of browning and very little core to rim variation. The nose is a mix of primary and tertiary characteristics, cassis, prune, dried roses, extremely perfumed, dried herbs, tobacco, forest floor. The palate is super complex, layer upon of layers of flavor. Dark berry fruit, cassis, blackberries and blueberries, velvety in texture, the fruit is sweet and super refined, silky smooth tannin and in complete balance with the acidity. The flavors linger for what seem like forever! I have never come across a wine that delivers such finesse and grace. Absolutely Spectacular.
Score: 93
Author: floober
Trust Rating: 100
Tasted On: 12/24/2011
Drink Dates: 2011
colour: mature with a garnet core nose: mature claret. red berries. dust. a little frayed at the edges. taste: red fruits and a little dusty. this tasted like it had a final burst of red fruit and then faded a little. this is just past its peak and should be drunk now and over the next 4-5 years. It is however a fine old claret and is still enjoyable.
Score: 90
Author: Conrad K
Trust Rating: 99
Tasted On: 07/15/2011
Drink Dates: 2005-2015
Very Nice: Bouquet of roses and cassis. Medium bodied ripe red fruit and sweet tannins on the palate. Medium finish. This is drinking at its peak.

About This Producer


Chateau Margaux is one of the five First Growths ranked in the 1855 Bordeaux Classification. The neo-Palladian style chateau was built in the 18th century by architect Louis Combes for the Marquis de la Colonilla. Chateau Margaux has been well regarded in history and stands among Thomas Jefferson's favorite chateaux. Since 1977, the estate has been directed by the Mentzelopoulos family with winemaking team director Paul Pontallier, cellar master Jean Grangerou and consulting oenologist Emile Peynaud. The vineyards are primarily Cabernet Sauvignon (75%), with the balance composed of Merlot, Petit Verdot and Cabernet Franc. In addition to the chateau's grand vin, the estate produces a second label called Pavillon Rouge de Chateau Margaux and Pavillon Blanc de Chateau Margaux, a white made from Sauvignon Blanc. Chateau Margaux's finest vintages include 1900, 1928, 1953, 1961, 1982, 1983, 1986, 1990, 1996, 2000, 2003, and 2005.

Margaux is often considered the most "feminine" of the First Growths. It is sensuous with fine tannins that give it a sense of clarity. The wine has dark berry aromas such as boysenberry or blackberries. The bouquet is characterized by ripe black currants, spicy vanilla and violets. A strong minerality is often found in the lengthy finish.

Chateau Margaux, featured in The World of Fine Wine: Chateau Margaux A Deux

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