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  1. 1990 Château Rausan-Ségla (Margaux)

    1. The best bottle of this beauty I have ever tasted! 45 minutes in the decanter was all this baby needed. On the nose, sweet cherry blossoms, cigar box, cedar, spice, blackberry and truffle took no time getting to know. On the palate, the wine was even better. Supple, sensuous and silky in texture, the wine is full bodied, rich and deep. Just as soon as you think the finished was over, a blast of ripe, fresh cherries made an appearance. If I had to quibble a bit, there is a touch of green in the finish, but there is so much, sweet, ripe, luscious fruit, you'd have to be a real killjoy to let it bother you. For a wine of this quality, style and maturity, it's certainly worth adding some to your cellar, of you can.

      95 points - Tasted
    2. The nose, with its violet, cherry, cigar box, dark chocolate, cranberry, pepper and fresh herb perfume is as expected, the first thing you notice. Medium/full bodied, the wine improves in the decanter and in glass. Fresh, vibrant and fruit filled, there is a definite touch of green coupled with the some tart red fruits in the classic styled finish that seems to stand out more than I remember in the past.

      91 points - Tasted
    3. Drinking in the sweet spot at 25 years of age, the perfume, with its floral, earth, tobacco and dark cherries is a pleasure which is made better by the soft, round, textures and sweet red and black fruits found in the finish. This could be better in a few years, or not. With all the tannin resolved and the patina of age on display in the texture, there is no reason to hold off pulling a cork.

      93 points - Tasted
    4. It took 24 years, but this is really starting to rock! Chocolate covered cherries, licorice, coffee bean, blackberry liqueur, black cherry, earth. smoke, cigar box, fresh herbs and spice notes make up the aromatics. On the palate, the wine is concentrated, rich, full bodied and still young, with some tannin waiting to be resolved. If there was not a sensation of dryness with the tannins, this beautiful Margaux would score even higher. Another few years will add more nuances this wine.

      94 points - Tasted
    5. Enticing secondary notes of cedar chest, smoke, forest floor, blackberry, cigar wrapper and cassis come up with 90 minutes of decanting and a little swirling. On the palate, the wine is coming around, the tannins are starting to soften giving the wine voluptuous textures with its fresh boysenberry, black raspberry and cassis finish. This a lot of fun to drink today. But it's still not at peak. I would not hesitate to pop bottle, but if someone waited another 5 to 10 years, who could blame them as it is only going to get better. If this wine was just a little longer in the finish, it would merit a higher score. Still, this is really fine and not far from the 1986.

      94 points - Tasted
    6. Tobacco, cassis, earth, smoke, spice, truffle and blackberry scents are revealed in the perfume. Powerful, concentrated and still tannic, this traditionally styled Margaux wine is masculine in nature and will benefit from more age. After 90 minutes in the glass, this concentrated wine developed additional complexities and softened a bit in the fresh, spicy, bright, cassis filled finish, but it might always remain slightly brawny in character. I'm giving my next bottle more air and time.

      93 points - Tasted
    7. Spice, flowers, licorice, cassis, tobacco and a faint hint of truffle make up the perfume. In the mouth, the wine is full bodied, chewy and almost round in texture. The wine ends in cassis and black cherry flavors with a hint of spicy kirsch in the 35/40 second finish. At 20 years of age, most of the tannin's have faded away. The wine fleshed out after an hour in the decanter.

      94 points - Tasted
    8. Notes of spice, flowers, blueberries & blackberries. The palate displays an elegant texture. This is still very young with tannins to resolve. The finish is slightly chalky.

      90 points - Tasted
    9. Cassis, earth, coffee, licorice and leather are easy to find. Full bodied and balanced. Great palate presence. Still young.

      93 points - Tasted
    10. Perfumed with notes of cassis, blackberries, tobacco, allspice and earthy aromas. On the palate, a nice opulent feel of Cabernet fruit. Concentrated and full bodied. Better in the entry, a little short on the middle and finish. Still a bit tight and tannic.

      92 points - Tasted