1989 Dauzac, Margaux

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 Not as big as I remember, but delicious. An aromatic '89 of rose petal, berry character. Medium-bodied, with medium-chewy tannins and a medium finish. (JS)  (5/1999)

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Staff Image By: David Othenin-Girard | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 9/21/2016 | Send Email
Love this old-school style with tons of perfumed fruit and deep mineral quality. Extreme elegance and stupendous depth with the tiniest hint of earthy brett. This wine easily bests several more renowned chateaux at multiples of the price.

Staff Image By: Jacques Moreira | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 9/19/2016 | Send Email
Incredibly alive and well, and very impressive as well. Beautiful sweet floral notes on the nose, followed on the palate by appealing notes of leather and truffles and exotics spices. Still have plenty of fruit and life ahead of it.

Staff Image By: Jeff Garneau | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 9/17/2016 | Send Email
From the great '89 vintage and now at the peak of maturity, this is one of the best deals in an older Bordeaux we currently offer. A perfect marriage of youthful fruit and aged character developed slowly over time in bottle. Sweet cherry notes combine with more savory "sous bois" character and hints of exotic spice - sandalwood and cinnamon. Fine tannins, now nearly fully resolved, frame the finish. A lovely, older Margaux that you should enjoy with beef or lamb and plenty of good company.

Staff Image By: Steve Bearden | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 9/7/2016 | Send Email
This little known 5th Growth Margaux was a hit at my recent tasting in San Francisco and deserves some respect for being such a great value. The quality of the '89 vintage shines through here and a quarter century of age lands this at perfect maturity. This is elegant, soft and floral with hints of truffle, balsom, cedar, dried flowers and brown sugar drifting through the silky, sweet fruit.

Staff Image By: Clyde Beffa Jr. | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 9/7/2016 | Send Email
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Old school Margaux wine from the great 1989 vintage for under $100. We tasted it in April and bought all we could find on the spot. If you like old school Bordeaux without all the oak and extract, try this one. Some violets on the nose and palate. A food wine for sure--try it with a piece of prime rib. Update-just tasted it on Sept 5th with famous Bordeaux negociant and we loved it. So sweet up front and a lingering finish. perfect with my duck confit and his salmon.
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Cabernet Sauvignon and Blends

- Cabernet Sauvignon has come a long way from its role as a blending varietal, however dominant, in the wines of Bordeaux. Today it is the most planted red varietal in the world. Identified as a descendent of Cabernet Franc and Sauvignon Blanc, the late-ripening Cabernet Sauvignon needs to be planted in warmer climates to fully ripen. Its small berries can easily be identified for their distinctive blue color, thick skins and high tannins. And while the varietal has its own definitive characteristics: green pepper-like aromas and black currant flavors among them, it is perhaps most prized for its ability to convey terroir, vintage and winemaking. A relatively new varietal, Cabernet Sauvignon started making inroads into the wines of the MĂ©doc and Graves in the late-18th century. Today it is also dominant in the up-and-coming Entre-Deux-Mers region of Bordeaux and can also be found in Southwest France. It is the companion varietal to Sangiovese in Italy's Super Tuscans and is planted all over Europe, stretching to lesser-known winegrowing regions like Russia and Lebanon. In the Americas Cabernet Sauvignon has found champions in every nook and cranny of California and among winemakers in Washington, where it complements plantings of Merlot. In South America, Cab thrives in Chile, but can also be found in smaller amounts in Argentina and even in Mexico.


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- Margaux is the southern most of all of the appellations of the Haut Medoc. Located near St. Julien, it has more cru classe producers than the other four villages of the area. In addition to the legendary Chateau Margaux, there are five second-growths: Rauzan Gassies, Rauzan Seglas, Dufort-Vivens, Lascombes, and Brane Cantenac. While more people are probably familiar with the third growth Chateau Palmer, there are nine other wineries with the same ranking in addition to a trio of fourth growths and a pair of fifth growths. Because Margaux is comprised of five communes… Margaux, Cantenac, Soussans, Labardes and Arsac, the wines styles are diverse throughout the region with the more masculine tannic wines coming from the Cantenac side of the appellation. Because of a high percentage of Merlot planted in the region, many wines from Margaux are more round, feminine, and exotic that the other appellations of the Haut Medoc.