1989 Margaux- 750 ml
Wine Critic Reviews:
Wine Spectator | 97 WS
Dwarfed by its younger sibling, the 1990, the 1989 Chateau Margaux has a dark plum/garnet color and a big, sweet nose of new saddle leather, toasty oak, and weedy black cherry and cassis fruit. The wine is medium-bodied, with relatively elevated tannins, outstanding concentration and purity, but a somewhat clipped as well as compressed finish. This certainly outstanding wine has put on a bit of weight in its evolution in the bottle, but it is hardly one of the most profound efforts from Chateau Margaux. Anticipated maturity: 2006-2025. Last tasted, 10/02.
Robert M. Parker, Jr. | 90 RP
Sokolin 1989 Margaux Tasting Notes:
This spectacular vintage presents itself with an enjoyable bouquet of classic Bordeaux notes, elegant violets, cassis and some sweet fruits, coming right out of a glass filled with this lovely mid ruby liquid. On the palate, it goes from perfect to better than perfect. The full-bodied drink that melts away as you’re enjoying the mouthfeel, with great density and well-balanced acidity, ends with a brilliant, long aftertaste and makes you crave for more right away.
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|Country||France: Words fail us when trying to adequately portray France's place in the world of wine. It's downright impossible to imagine what wine would feel and taste like had it not been for France's many, many viticultural pioneers. Fine wine is the blood of France's vigorously beating heart, and it finds itself in many aspects of French culture. With a viticultural history that dates all the way back to the 6th century BC, France now enjoys its position as the most famous and reputable wine region on the planet. If you have a burning passion for masterfully crafted, mouth-watering, mind-expanding wines, then regular visits to France are probably already in your schedule, and for a good reason.|
|Producer||Margaux: Margaux was one of five wines to achieve First Growth status in the Bordeaux Classification of 1855. These wines marry masculine power with elegance, velvety tannins, and sensual textures. Flavorful aromas and perfumes of ripe dark berries, tobacco, truffles, cassis, and violets are the signature of these Grand Vin. The Chateau Margaux vineyard consists of 75% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Merlot, 3% Petit Verdot and 2% Cabernet Franc for the red wine grapes. The final blend on average usually contains close to 85% Cabernet Sauvignon in most vintages. The wine is characterized by great purity of fruit with silky textures and unique floral characteristics. The best vintages of Chateau Margaux are: 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2012, 2010, 2009, 2008, 2006, 2005, 2004, 2003, 2000, 1999, 1996, 1995, 1990, 1989, 1986, 1985, 1983, 1982, 1959, 1953, 1929, 1928, 1921 and 1900.|
|Region||Bordeaux: Even among the greatest and most reputable wine regions on the planet, Bordeaux stands above the rest. The winemakers of this region have a single-minded dedication to the fine art of viticulture and their efforts never fail to show. If you consider yourself a fine wine enthusiast, you owe it to yourself to visit Bordeaux - life changing. Whether you wish to drink some inspirational and gripping wine as soon as possible, or you want to add some masterpieces to your collection, no region on Earth is a more obvious choice. The noble and beautiful Garonne and Dordogne rivers surge through southwestern France, enriching the soil in a way very few other places can boast. The limestone-based earth is rich in calcium, and the almost oceanic climate conditions give the staple Bordeaux grape varietals vigor and flavor like nowhere else. For their illustrious reds, Bordeaux winemakers rely on a proven combination of Cabernet Sauvignon, Malbec, Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot. Meanwhile, a sip of their excellent white wine hints at the use of Semillon, Muscadelle and Sauvignon Blanc.Each of these varietals carries a unique identity, making every quality wine a character piece to rival Citizen Kane. It can be incredibly hard to choose only a few wines to collect for your cellar!|
|Type of Wine||Bordeaux Red: Picture in your mind a combination of cedar, lead pencil, blackcurrant, plum and mineral aromatics, and texture that caresses your palate like a playful lover. The experience is thrilling from the first whiff to the final seconds of a tannic, generous finish - that is what you'll get from a Bordeaux Red|
|Varietal||Bordeaux Blend: Since its birth in France, the art of Bordeaux-inspired blends has been brought to regions like California, and Washington, where New World visionaries add their own unique spin to the formula, creating mouth-watering tributes to Bordeaux's viticultural greatness. Today, with a compelling cultural mixture, sampling Bordeaux blends is more excited than ever.|
tastes like an emotional roller-coaster rideI'm siding with Robert Parker on this one, in that I consider the 1990 vintage to be superior to this one, but that doesn't mean this wine is really lacking in any aspect. It's a great Margaux in an ocean of good ones, and the concentration and depth of flavor really sell the experience. Whether you're sniffing, sloshing, or swallowing, your body gets to experience a layered and potent elixir, and an emotional roller-coaster ride. The finish is slightly shorter than one would hope, but it's still enthralling in its own way.<br/>Price-wise, this wine punches a bit above its weight, being an affordable yet mesmerizing example of Chateau Margaux's brilliance.
Everything about this bottle was perfect for my tasteThe only word that could adequately describe my first experience with this little gem is “Wow.” The garnet color and an opulent nose of leather, tar, and black cherry carried me into outer space. The tannins feel very airy and elegant, like a playful summer breeze. Everything about this bottle was perfect for my taste, to the point where I can't think of anything negative to say.<br/>I can imagine it being even more beautiful in a couple of years - a tough test of patience if I get more bottles. The price isn't super-steep, so most people reading this review can probably afford a bottle or two.