1990 Château Margaux Margaux Bordeaux France Wine Tasting Note


1990 Château  (Margaux) 99

Full-bodied, rich, opulent, elegant, vibrant and concentrated, the wine kicks off with violets, tobacco leaf, wet earth, currants, blackberries, forest leaf and a touch of spice. If that wasn't enough to seal the deal, the velvet-textured, multiple layers of silky-textured fruits that stick with you will own your palate. This is one of those stunning wines that sticks with you long after the night is over. 99 Points

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At 30 years of age, this is in its prime time window. The nose is all about the secondary nuances of cedar, tobacco, leaf, wet earth, flowers, spice and red fruits. Complex, concentrated, fresh, bright and with a hint of green herb and olives in the backend to accompany the bright red fruits, this is just a fabulous drinking experience. 98 Points

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There are so many times when this magic elixir is perfect, but this bottle came up just a but short. The nose, with its floral, tobacco, wet earth, cherry and cassis was on fire. However, while the silky tannins were in perfect order, the wine finished just a tad short. Still, this was a stunner, even if it was just a bit on the shy side. 97 Points

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Clearly, the best bottle of this elixir I've tasted in years. Voluptuous, ostentatious, silky and complex, there was the length and depth you need, with the patina of age, to make everything come together. Decanted about 1 hour, as soon as you took the initial sip, you knew you were not in Kansas in anymore. From that first sip, the wine coated your palate with this incredible texture of silk, with more than enough fruit to coat your palate. The finish must have stuck with me for over 60 seconds. 100 Points

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Lush, sexy, silky, voluptuous and drinking extremely well, this is a beauty. The tobacco, violet and dark cherry nose, full bodied, palate, and opulent finish were really showing well. If you've been thinking about popping a bottle, while there is no hurry, there is no reason to wait either. 98 Points

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This bottle was stunning in every sense of the word from start to finish. Power, elegance, grace, purity of fruit, silky tannins and aromatics that do not quit, with a finish that expands in flavor, with velvet textures. This is a rockstar wine that should be experienced at least once in your life. 100 Points

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This is consistently a stunning wine and this bottle was no exception. Violets, dark chocolate, plum, espresso, tobacco and truffle scents fight for your attention. Rich and dense on the palate, the wine leaves you with a concentrated blast of fresh, sweet, ripe, dark fruits and velvet textures. The bottle was decanted about 2 hours prior to serving. 98 Points

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Another example of a very good bottle of a wine that can hit 100 Pts, but didn't. At close to 26 years of age, that is to be expected. Still, the nose, with its tobacco, herbs, cigar box, blackberry, cedar and earthy components was working it. The palate was elegant, soft and round, but lacked the voluptuous qualities the best bottles show. This can be enjoyed now, or age it for more complexity. 97 Points

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Close to perfect in every way.... This is pure silk and velvet on the palate. The fruit just feels great as it coats your palate with flavor and velvety sensations. The wine really lingers, leaving you with a smile on your face and empty glass wishing you could fill it one more time. This is showing great today and will only get better and better as time marches on. 99 Points

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Wow, what a sublime example of Bordeaux. Rich, sensuous, ripe, plush, polished and silky, the fruit stay with you long after the wine has left your glass. You drink this now, as it's just showing so much charm and complexity. You can drink it in 10 years, or if you have kids, in 20 years, it will be even better. This is pricey, but it's Margaux at its best. 98 Points

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This sexy beast delivers the goods in spades with its sensuous personality, silky textures and long, expansive finish. This is so good now. But my money says it's going to be even better in 5-10 years. 98 Points

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This deserves an award for the most consistently stunning wine of the decade. Almost every bottle has been sheer perfection and this was no exception. The wine is packed with perfectly ripe, silky fruits with the texture of polished berries. The finish builds in intensity and with time in the glass, more complexity keeps getting added to the wine. If you want to know why Chateau Margaux is one of the world's great wines, if you have the money, this is the vintage to buy. 100 Points

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Wines at this level are failed by words or scores. They must be tasted at least once in your life to understand greatness in a Bordeaux. When this wine hits your palate, it feels like each berry was polished by hand, one at a time to an absolutely, pure, velvety texture. This is so smooth, it could slide uphill. The aromatics are mind blowing with their their length and complexity. Perfect in every way, wines do not get better than this. They can be equally as good, but different, but they do not get better. 100 Points

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Chocolate, violets, creme de cassis, oak, tobacco, smoke and cherry blossoms grab your attention. Full bodied, rich and concentrated with layers of velvety soft fruit, this luscious Bordeaux wine ends with layers of opulently textured, ripe, spicy dark berries, black raspberry and cassis. This bottle may not have been a perfect example, as I've tasted better examples of this wine on previous occasions. 97 Points

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Perfection in a bottle. Those 4 words convey all you need to know about this Bordeaux wine. That is, if you're not interested in details. But for anyone interested in the experience... Intense aromatics offered flowers, truffles, ripe, jammy berries, earth, stone, licorice, smoke and exotic spices. The silk drenched layers of decadent, opulent, pure, sweet, fruit caress your palate and linger for at least sixty seconds. What makes 1990 Chateau Margaux unique, is the rare ability to please hedonistic, pleasure seekers and tasters looking for an intellectual experience. At 21 years of age, this Bordeaux wine has moved from adolescence to the beginning of maturity. There is no better example of Margaux that is drinking as well as this wine is today. 100 Points

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Served blind, my comments were, “Great nose and a beautiful rich texture that quickly drops off in the finish”. I added, “I bet this was a really good bottle, that either suffered in storage at some point, or the cork did not offer a good seal”. I was shocked to see this was 1990Chateau Margaux! With all notes, especially as our bottles age, provenance is more and more important. It’s sad tasting wines that should be great, yet they don’t deliver due to poor handling. One more negative about the bottle, the wine deteriorated in the glass after 90 minutes. 91 Points

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Cedar, cassis, wet earth, truffles and floral aromatics put a smile on your face. Similar to 89 Haut Brion, this is an extremely concentrated wine. This is pure silk and velvet. Tasting this makes me think each berry was polished one at a time giving it an incredible sense of opulence. The tannins are amazingly soft. This was marries power with elegance and grace. The seamless finish appears endless. There is not a hard edge to be found. 99 Points

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Elegant, refined, plush and opulent in personality. This black fruit, violet, cedar, tobacco scented wine pairs with textures of pure silk and velvet. Opulent, concentrated and starting to open, this is a sublime tasting experience. 97 Points

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The nose is off the charts as well as the palate. This is so rich and concentrated with decadent, ripe fruit, you can either drink it or eat it. Simply amazing! This is pure liquid silk. 99 Points

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When to Drink Chateau Margaux, Anticipated Maturity, Decanting Time

Chateau Margaux is not a wine to drink on the young side. The wine is usually far too tannic, powerful, and reserved during its youth. Young vintages can be decanted for an average of 3-6 hours, give or take. This allows the wine to soften and open its perfume. Older vintages might need very little decanting, just enough to remove the sediment.

Chateau Margaux is usually better with at least 15 years of bottle age. Of course, that can vary slightly, depending on the vintage character. Chateau Margaux offers its best drinking and should reach peak maturity between 18 and 60 years of age after the vintage.

Serving Chateau Margaux with Wine, Food, Pairings

Chateau Margaux is best served at 15.5 degrees Celsius, 60 degrees Fahrenheit. The cool, almost cellar temperature gives the wine more freshness and lift.

Chateau Margaux is best paired with all types of classic meat dishes, veal, pork, beef, lamb, duck, game, roast chicken, roasted, braised, and grilled dishes. Chateau Margaux is also good when matched with Asian dishes, rich fish courses like tuna, mushrooms, and pasta.

The white wine of Chateau Margaux, Pavillon Blanc can be paired perfectly with all types of seafood, shellfish, sushi, sashimi, veal, chicken, pork, and assorted cheeses.