CHÂTEAU HAUT-BRION 1990 (1) WA 98 CHÂTEAU MARGAUX 1990 (1) WA 100
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CHÂTEAU HAUT-BRION 1990 (1)
Pessac-Léognan. 1er Cru Classé
u. 2 cm. scraped & marked label.
1990: In terms of the brilliant complexity and nobility of the aromatics, scorched earth, black currants, plums, charcoal, cedar, and spices, the 1990 offers an aromatic explosion that is unparalleled. It is always fascinating to taste this wine next to the 1989, which is a monumental effort, but much more backward and denser, without the aromatic complexity of the 1990. The 1990 put on weight after bottling, and is currently rich, full-bodied, opulent, even flamboyant by Haut Brion’s standards. It is an incredible expression of a noble terroir in a top vintage. While it has been fully mature for a number of years, it does not reveal any bricking at the edge, and I suspect it will stay at this level for another 10-15 years ... but why wait? It is irresistible now. June 2009 Drink: 2009-2024 WA 98
CHÂTEAU MARGAUX 1990 (1)
Margaux. 1er Cru Classé
u. vts. scraped, soiled & marked label. scuffed capsule.
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. Reviewed by Robert Parker. October 2016 WA 100