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1990 Palmer, Margaux

SKU #950530 96 points Decanter

Outer quote mark The last in a series of three stellar vintages with the 1988-1989-1990, with this one delivering concentrated wines in its early years that took their time to develop but are now at the peak of their pleasure. At 30 years old it is not the power that immediately strikes but the aromatic complexity, and the gentle dance that it performs between finessed fruit and soft saffron-laced spices. The concentration comes in slowly, in waves, gathering cedar, menthol and finely spun tannins. It has been at this plateau for at least 10 years now, and there is no reason to think it is going anywhere for another decade or two. (JA) Inner quote mark (6/2020)

92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

Outer quote mark The nose is complex with red cherries, allspice and sous-bois, tertiary scents developing as it opens in the glass. The palate is medium-bodied with fine balance, not the most complex 1990 and not a patch on say Château Margaux 1990, yet there is precision here and a pleasant savory finish that maintains precision. (NM) Inner quote mark (5/2016)

92 points Wine Spectator

Outer quote mark A beauty. Seductive, with currant, berry, tobacco, cedar and flowers on the nose. Full-bodied, with silky tannins and a long, caressing finish. A joyous Palmer. (JS) Inner quote mark (8/2000)

90 points John Gilman

Outer quote mark The 1990 Palmer is a very good example of the vintage, but it does not possess the purity and precision that are the hallmarks of the very top vintages of this château in this era. That said, I would gladly take this wine over the tough and broad-shouldered Palmers in the 1996 to 2000 stretch of vintages. The bouquet of the 1990 is blossoming beautifully (particularly in half bottle), as it offers up a classy blend of cassis, mulberry, a touch of mint, tobacco and a discreet framing of cedary wood. On the palate the wine is medium-full and only moderately concentrated at the core, but with lovely focus and length, and an almost exotic note of allspice perking up the long, meltingly tannic finish. The 1990 Palmer is a very lovely bottle that just misses a bit of precision and reserve to be truly extraordinary. Inner quote mark (7/2012)

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