A rich, complex and opulent Margaux red wine
Château Margaux is a 1er Cru classified in 1855, produced in the Margaux appellation. The vineyard benefits notably from a terroir characteristic of the appellation. It is planted with Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot. 1989 was an exceptionally early vintage and truly a must-try of the 80’s. Flowering, ripening and maturation all took place under optimal circumstances. This was a particularly dry year, without any rainy days during the harvest, which took place on September 11th.
The exceptional 1989 vintage has enabled all of its grape varieties to reach an exceptional level of maturity, similar to that of the very famous 1982, although still higher in sugar than the latter. This Château Margaux 1989 is splendid. Rich, complex, and opulent, this wine offers exceptionally soft tannins, due to the great maturity of the grapes and their tannins.
The organoleptic qualities described here are only valid for the year in which this wine was tasted. Naturally, the wine is subject to evolution in the bottle throughout its life, and certain characteristics described in this commentary will no longer apply.
Wine Advocate-Parker :
As prodigious as the 1990 is, the 1989 seems to typify so many of the Medoc first-growths in this vintage - excellent, but undistinguished for its reputation. The wine possesses a leathery, oaky nose, medium body, and good ripeness, but next to the 1990, the 1989 is dwarfed by that wine's richness, intensity, and length. The tannins come across as more elevated, as well as slightly greener and tougher. The 1989 may put on more weight and come together, much like the 1985 did after 4-6 years in the bottle, but for now, this wine seems to follow the pattern of many 1989 Medoc first-growths, revealing an unexciting level of quality. Give it 5-6 more years of cellaring, and drink it over the following 20.