1990 Margaux- 750 ml
Wine Critic Reviews:
| 100 RP
The 1990 Chateau Margaux has turned into a sensational wine that eclipses both the 1988 and 1989...and then some. It has a gorgeous, ethereal bouquet with sumptuous red berry fruit, leather, camphor and licorice—it is the kind of nose in which you just immerse yourself. Is there a hint of brettanomyces here? If there is, I don't really care. The palate is soft and sensual with incredible depth. Fleshy and corpulent for Chateau Margaux, and yet surfeit with breeding and finesse, there are layers or red fruit, kirsch, sage and fig, later tobacco and cloves. I feel that this 1990 Château Margaux is at its peak and yet the harmony, the sheer swagger of this wine just wins you over. Magnificent. Tasted May 2016.
Robert Parker Neal Martin | 100 RP-NM
Full ruby-red. Wonderfully perfumed nose combines redcurrant, plum, mocha, minerals and rose petal. Plush, fat and rich, with great sweetness and class. This has utterly compelling mouthfilling richness. Finishes smooth and endless, with great breadth. This wine showed fabulous potential from barrel, but this is the first truly outstanding bottle I've had. Drink 2005 through 2035.
Vinous Media | 98 VM
A stunner, with a glorious aromatic display of mulled plum, blackberry and cherry notes seamlessly melded with rooibos tea, singed balsa wood and ground vanilla bean accents. The structure is so fine-grained that it's almost hard to find, but the marathonesque length shows it's there. As gorgeous as it is, this remains a hair behind the modern greats in terms of concentration. Still, it should hold at this peak for some time. Awfully close to the '89, but sometimes we have to split hairs.--Non-blind Château Margaux vertical (December 2013). Drink now through 2025. 25,000 cases made.
Wine Spectator | 96 WS
Sokolin 1990 Margaux Tasting Notes:
This is a wine that should be taken seriously. It's pure delight and you'll see how obvious it is as soon as you pour yourself a glass - the intense red color and the enticing bouquet of beautiful black fruits and cassis aromatics with some earthy tones and dashes of lavender announce an outstanding palate. The magnificent flavors of blackberries, blueberries and lovely caramel slowly streaming into the astonishing texture and silky full body of this incredible wine will make you understand why all your wishes came true with opening this bottle
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The 1990 Margaux represents a unique combination of different aromas and flavors, all mixed so impeccably to obtain such a delightful drink you simply can never get enough of it. The inviting nose comes as a spectacular mix of cassis, dark fruits, lavender and earthy tones in the background. On the palate, it will sweep you off your feet with the wonderfully blended caramel notes with more obvious blueberry and blackberry flavors, noticeable in the finish as well.
|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.|
classy and delicious, like an expensive dessert at the RitzA classic vintage for the producer, although your personal preference may lie elsewhere. I ordered a bottle for my sister's wedding, and she came back with the highest praise! The wine certainly boasts high power and a fat, rich mouthfeel. It's classy and delicious, like an expensive dessert at the Ritz. The combination of ripe red fruit and smokey tobacco is as classic as it gets, with some fig thrown in for good measure.<br/>It's not the most affordable wine, but it's worth every penny. You can't say you know Margaux if you haven't tasted this one. A warm recommendation from me.
It's as complex as they come with stunning accessibility and flavor - a masterpiece.Most of you have probably heard legends about this Margaux vintage, but let me squash rumors and give a quick verdict - all of those legends are true. This is one of the best wines anyone I know has ever tasted, and I don't say that lightly. It's thick, rich, and powerful, but quite playful on the palate. The fruits are brought to a level of ripeness that I would otherwise deem impossible.<br/>If there were ever a Margaux year to recommend, it would undoubtedly be the 1990. It's as complex as they come with stunning accessibility and flavor - a masterpiece.
High quality, with a price to match.High quality, with a price to match. I can't say it was easy to slot this wine into my budget plans, but it was well worth it. Some friends of mine claim this to be the ultimate vintage when it comes to Margaux, and I see where they're coming from, even if it's not my personal favorite. Expect a red fruit carpet rollout followed by intense dark fruits and a vibrant, almost seductive floral perfume.<br/>The low acidity is where the wine loses me, but it's hardly enough to call it anything less than superb. Maybe another bottle is needed to excite me the same way it did all my friends.
I can't wait to get my hands on more of these.I can't remember a single vintage in Margaux's rich history that outclasses the batch from 1990. Aged in 100% new oak barrels, but you could be forgiven for assuming it wasn't. It's not very acidic, but the intensity and richness of flavor caught me off-guard as I casually took a sip during a conversation with a friend. It's such a precisely concocted drink, a masterpiece among Bordeaux's many. I can't find words powerful enough to describe it. A fragrant spring flower aroma approaches you, hiding some very powerful notes of red and dark fruit. The finish is long and absolutely mouth-watering. I can't wait to get my hands on more of these.