Red

1990 Château Margaux

Red Bordeaux Blend

  • France
  • Bordeaux
  • Médoc
  • Margaux
Drink between 2004 - 2029 (Edit)
CT96.5 366 reviews

Community Tasting Notes 339

  • chatters wrote:

    April 26, 2022 - En-Primeur campaign for the 2021 vintage; 4/25/2022-4/29/2022 (Bordeaux): Perfumed, sweet spice, not really any tertiary characteristics, plums, black fruit compote (blackcurrant, a little black cherry, and touches of cassis), very slight saline notes. Incredibly enticing nose. Juicy, savoury but with a sweet fruit core, talc textured drying tannins persist with the fruit long. Incredible on the palate as well. Marvellous

  • Cailles wrote: 92 points

    April 24, 2022 - 48x 1990 (37x Bdx, 6x Napa, 5x others): I was looking forward to revisit this legend as my previous bottle seemed in an awkward stage, not showing much. Unfortunately, this bottle was similar. Little expression, little excitement. Better just wait a few years.

    TN: Not very expressive nose. Ripe dark fruits, slightly too ripe probably for my taste. On the palate much more open, fine dark berries, red berries, herbs, minerality. This Margaux is in this rather dumb phase, with the fruit retracted, not really open, no tertiary aromas showing. Hard to judge the potential on this. I hope to catch an open and singing bottle, this one is not one. Just based on the pleasure it delivered today, it was at best a 91/92 pts experience.

    Decanting: Quick double decant three+ hours prior to the tasting to remove sediment. I‘m not sure if a long decanting would have helped as with the last bottle no amount of decanting changed anything.

  • Eric Becker Likes this wine: 95 points

    April 9, 2022 - Bordeaux masterclass at Summa 2022 (Weingut Alois Lageder, Margreid, South Tyrol): A wine with a personality, which is not easy to pin down. On the one hand this is authoritative with dark fruits, stemmy and spicy, earth, some flinty notes and (surprisingly) still a discernible amount of burnt oak. On the other hand this is also charming with its sweetness and pronounced florality. In the mouth the wine is more intense and creamier textured than the Sociando Mallet. However, it feels not as energetic and there is already considerable tertiary development (licorice, caramel) on the finish, which makes me wonder, if its drinking-window is slowly beginning to close, very slowly. Nonetheless, as it stands now this is a marvelous drink.

  • VoteferPedro wrote:

    March 5, 2022 - As others have said
    this flirts with perfectio
    Quintessential bordeaux style cabernet notes
    ripe fruit and fine tannins
    impeccable balance

    what is not to love?
    I gave 90 minutes in the decanter and it was at its peak 2 hours after that

    1 person found this helpful Comment
  • djhammond Likes this wine: 97 points

    March 5, 2022 - This went from a very good 95 point wine to near perfection over 3 hours of drinking. This is well into four figures a bottle at present and it is wasted without letting it have sufficient time to come alive. The nose warrants a 100 points, with plum, blackcurrant, cedar and violet prominent. Tobacco is prominent on the palate with the fruit with impeccable depth and balance. The finish pushes 60 seconds with the only thing impeding the perfect score is a slightly over harsh tannic edge towards the end. 97+

    2 people found this helpful Comment
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  • By Jane Anson
    Bordeaux 1990s vintages, 5/1/2021 (link)

    (Château Margaux, Margaux, Bordeaux, France, Red) Subscribe to see review text.

  • By Jane Anson
    Bordeaux first growths 1990 vintage, 2/9/2021 (link)

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  • By Jancis Robinson, MW
    4/21/2016 (link)

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  • By Jancis Robinson, MW
    7/11/2015 (link)

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View From the Cellar

  • By John Gilman
    Jul/Aug 2012, Issue #40, The Annual Champagne and Sparkling Wine Report

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Vintage Tastings

  • By John Kapon
    The Cardinal, 9/15/2011

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JancisRobinson.com

  • By Jancis Robinson, MW
    10/15/2010 (link)

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Vintage Tastings

  • By John Kapon
    From the East, 9/16/2010

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  • By John Kapon
    Hong Kong Killers, 2/5/2010

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  • By John Kapon
    Hong Kong Killers November, 2/5/2010

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The World of Fine Wine

  • March 2008, Issue #19 (link)

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JancisRobinson.com

  • By Jancis Robinson, MW
    10/16/2007 (link)

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Vintage Tastings

  • By John Kapon
    A Mega 1990 Bordeaux Tasting with Clive, 3/21/2005

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  • By John Kapon
    A Double Dose of Angry Man Action, 3/7/2005

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  • By John Kapon
    Hanging with Mr. Parker and Mr. Squires in Baltimore and D.C, 2/21/2005

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  • By John Kapon
    The 2002 Romanee Contis and a Mt. Sinai Hospital Charity Event, 2/13/2005

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  • By John Kapon
    The European Grand Jury, Vegas Style, 1/16/2005

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Vinous

  • By Stephen Tanzer
    July/August 2002, IWC Issue #103 (link)

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  • By Jancis Robinson, MW
    6/28/2002 (link)

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Vinous

  • By Stephen Tanzer
    The 1990 Clarets...To Have and To Hold (Nov 1993), 11/1/1993 (link)

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RJonWine.com

  • By Richard Jennings
    7/21/2007 (link) 95 points

    (Château Margaux) Lovely cassis and spice nose; tasty, cassis, mint and leather palate with depth; long finish 95+ pts.

  • By Richard Jennings
    11/30/2006 (link) 99 points

    (Château Margaux) Gorgeous mushroom, sauteed portabello and dark cherry nose; gorgeous, perfect, sweet and elegant fruit; long finish

  • By Richard Jennings
    1/16/2004 (link) 100 points

    (Château Margaux) Very, very tasty, cherries jubilee and violets nose; gorgeous body, cherries jubilee, violets; long finish

Wine Definition

  • Vintage 1990
  • Type Red
  • Producer Château Margaux
  • Varietal Red Bordeaux Blend
  • Designation n/a
  • Vineyard n/a
  • Country France
  • Region Bordeaux
  • SubRegion Médoc
  • Appellation Margaux
  • UPC Codes 002134000093, 011986100000, 041333214016, 071570017521, 400002623786, 607921009039, 607921015368, 714153134733

Community Holdings

  • Pending Delivery 129 (1%)
  • In Cellars 7,786 (74%)
  • Consumed 2,636 (25%)

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