1990 Margaux, Margaux
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
I had this wine both in Seoul, Korea in February, and from my cellar in December, 2008, and it was remarkable how identical the wines smelled and tasted. It offers an extraordinary aromatic display of spring flowers, camphor, sweet red and black fruits, a hint of licorice, and no evidence of its 100% new oak cask aging. Round and generous with low acidity, but an opulent, full-bodied richness that is fresh with laser-like precision, this stunning wine is just beginning to reach its plateau of full maturity, where it should remain for another three decades. A sensational effort, it is one of the legendary wines made at Chateau Margaux. (RP)
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
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. (ST)
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. (JM, Web-2014)
Dark ruby. Very sweet, perfumed and surely at its apogee but with impressive follow-through and completeness. Really very scrummy. 18/20 points
98 points Neal Martin's Wine Journal: "Tasted at Bordeaux Index Chateau Margaux dinner at The Square. It has been some time since I last tasted this Chateau Margaux. But what a stellar performance! Youthful in colour, the glycerine-rich nose is brilliantly defined and showing none of the alcohol and volatility that some ’90 clarets are beginning to show. Very intense bouquet: blackberry, cassis, warm gravels, violets and a hint of roasting chestnut. The palate is full-bodied, broad-shouldered with intense black fruits, sinewy, layers of cassis and black plum, a hint of damson leading to a vice-like grip on the fig and raisin-tinged finish. Voluptuous, but this is no harlot, this is far more intellectual and refined. Drink now-2030+ Tasted October 2009."