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1989 Château Margaux

abv 13.0%
  • 89 WA
  • 96 WS
  • 85 JR
  • Variety
    Red Bordeaux Blend
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SKU: 53554-1989-750

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  • Wine Advocate | Rating: 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.
    Author: Robert Parker
  • Jancis Robinson | Rating: 17

    Bright garnet and some development at the rim. Herbaceous sweetness and undergrowth and pepper. Then more meaty. Finishes dry but not drying though there is definitely less flesh in the middle. By contrast it is fresh and persistent. Later: sweetly herbal and more coffee. (JH)
    Author: Julia Harding MW
  • Wine Spectator | Rating: 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.
    Author: James Suckling
  • Self | Rating: 93

    Author: ChrisMus
  • Self | Rating: 94

    Author: taipanli
  • Self | Rating: 93

    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.
    Drink Dates: 2011
    Author: floober
  • Self | Rating: 88

    Dark ruby red in color with a nose of light berries, flowers and oak. I probably should have decanted this one much longer - it fell kind of short on the palate and in the finish.
    Author: StefanBoedeker
  • Self | Rating: 95

    Drinking great right now with plent of life left on it. Complex wine with notes of cherries, musk, cedar, and tobacco. Light tannins and a meduim/short finnish. Awesome wine. Want more!
    Author: Injun
  • Self | Rating: 89

    Author: marv
  • Self | Rating: 90

    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.
    Drink Dates: 2005-2015
    Author: Conrad K
  • Self | Rating: 96

    Vibrant deep ruby red. Delicate, yet sophisticated nose. Summer flowers and roses reveal sweet young black fruits. Under this is a hint of something dark, leathery and mineralic. Lovely balanced silky texture, lively acidity and smooth supple tannins. This is a youthful but elegant tasting cabernet. Woody cedar and sweet blackcurrant on the palate; a hint of violets towards the back. This is a stylish wine.
    Author: biggsy
  • Self | Rating: 100

    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.
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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Located in the southwest of France, Bordeaux is the single largest fine-wine-producing region in the world, with more than 15,000 growers spread over 57 appellations and more than 700 million bottles produced annually. The region boasts a two-thousand-year winemaking history and some of the wine world's most recognized and highly sought-after names. Red Bordeaux blends comprise eighty percent of production, but dry and sweet whites are also well-known. The region is divided into the Left and Right Banks (of the Dordogne River); Cabernet Sauvignon prevails in the former and Merlot in the latter.

White Bordeaux blends are most commonly composed of Sémillon and Sauvignon Blanc, and come in a range of dry and sweet styles. Sémillon contributes body while Sauvignon Blanc adds high acidity, a characteristic that is particularly important in the sweet wines of Bordeaux.

Sauternes is one of the world’s most prestigious regions for sweet wine production, made possible by Sémillon’s affinity for noble rot. Wines from world-renowned Château d’Yquem are fermented and matured in new oak for up to three years and can age for decades in bottle. These wines display complex aromas of melon, honey, apricot, citrus peel, mango, and butterscotch and develop added complexity and aromas with age.

The best dry wines from this blend come from producers such as Château Haut-Brion, Château Pape Clément, and Domaine de Chevalier in Pessac-Léognan and Graves. These wines are typically fermented and matured in new oak and display a full-bodied richness with concentrated nutty flavors overlaying the fruit.

Due to its freshness and flavor profile, dry white Bordeaux blends pair well with almost any white food, including all types of fish, poultry, veal, and pork. The sweet wines of Bordeaux pair well with foie gras, oysters, blue cheese, spicy food (particularly Asian cuisines), any dish with sweet notes, and of course, dessert.

Collector Data For This Wine

  • 2018 bottles owned
  • 407 collectors
  • Average collector rating: 93
    (Out of 407 collectors)