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  • Country ranking ?

    1 243
  • Producer ranking ?

    19
  • Decanting time

    3h
  • When to drink

    now to 2030
  • Food Pairing

    Lamb Porterhouse Chops

The Story

Since the 17th Century, the first wine of Château Margaux has been recognised as being one of the greatest wines in the entire world. It owes its unique qualities to the genius of its terroir as well as to the passionate work of a succession of generations. It’s a remarkable wine that comes from a combination of characteristics that are only rarely found: finesse, elegance, complexity, density, intensity, length and freshness. Although its tannic concentration may be exceptional, it’s rare to detect astringency.  

The great vintages are distinguished by their formidable ability to move us. The lesser vintages give pleasure to wise enthusiasts. They offer the advantage of evolving very rapidly and, reveal, after a few years, instead of power, this subtlety that is the prerogative of great terroirs.  Château Margaux has an extraordinary ability to evolve. Over the years, it has developed a finesse, an aromatic complexity and a remarkable presence on the palate.

Château Margaux has sought to achieve excellence in its wines for over 400 years now through painstaking and necessarily long studies of its terroir, through a constant desire to learn and innovate, by remaining sensitive to demanding markets, and above all through a passionate commitment that has been shared by the families that have succeeded each other at the estate. At the end of the 17th century, it became part of the nascent elite “First Growths” – long before being established officially by the Classification of 1855. Since then, Château Margaux has known fame and fortune, seeing by experience how ephemeral both are.

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Vintage 1989

The harvest in 1989 was the earliest since 1893, when it started on August 17th at Château Margaux… Merlot, Cabernets, and Petit Verdot reached an exceptional level of ripeness, which brought back memories of the legendary 1982; the sugar levels were even higher in 1989. The development of the wine in bottle has confirmed the great expectations we immediately had at the harvest. Richness, complexity and opulence could be the key words to describe this outstanding wine. We felt it was a wine which was already nice to drink from the day it was made; it was actually the great ripeness of the grapes which gave the tannins that smoothness which is only normally acquired after a long period in bottle. (May 2011)

Weather
1989 will long be remembered as an exceptionally early vintage and a very easy one, from a vine-growing point of view. The flowering, then the colour-change and the ripening all took place in perfect weather, which was particularly hot and dry. Finally, there was not one single day of rain during the harvest. From beginning to end, then, 1989 was a dream year. (The picking began 11th September)

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Average Bottle Price

2014 2013 2012 2011 2010 2005 2000
388€ +10.2% 352€ -5.9% 374€ -11.2% 421€ -5.2% 444€ +113.5% 208€ +50.7% 138€

This data comes from the FINE Auction Index, a composite of average prices for wines sold at commercial auctions in 20 countries. The average prices from each year have been collected since 1990. This chart plots the index value of the average price of the wines.

Latest Pro-tasting notes

16 tasting notes

Tasting note

color

Medium, Ruby red and Bright

ending

Long, Smooth and Flavorful

flavors

Blackberry, Blackcurrant, Licorice, Plum, Smoky and Mineral

nose

Intense, Seductive, Generous and Refined

recommend

Yes

taste

Medium tannin, Perfectly balanced, Developing, Medium-bodied, Harmonious, Elegant and Silky tannins

Verdict

Sexy and Impressive

Written Notes

The 1989 Margaux had a tender nose with hints of semi-sweet fruit, both black and purple. The palate was a bit watery for lack of a better word, and its flavors were pleasant but not great (92).

  • 92p
Harvesting began on 11 September, with just one day of rain. The earliest harvest since 1893 (which begun on 17 August!), with ripeness levels reminiscent of 1982. On the 200th anniversary of the French Revolution, Margaux crafted a masterpiece that “combines power and subtlety,” said Pontallier. The 1989 was approachable from a young age, due to its ripeness. This is astonishingly concentrated, and almost too much of a good thing. Almost cloyingly charming, like an international playboy. A little kick of acidity on the finish suggests many years ahead for this. Nearly 20 years old but still so young. It is becoming involved, and currently shows a slightly unnerving combination of ripe opulence and more typical savoury Margaux character. Monolithic. Finish not quite as fine or persistent as 1996. Becoming evolved. So voluptuous. Drinking well, with a long life ahead of it.
  • 96p
"Still young, but it was so cheap, we had to drink it off that wine list. Nose of red fruit, vanilla, moccha. Tannic and slightly dry on the palate, initially with some burnt aromas, but then gave way to wonderful aromas of cedar, spices, flower petals, dried fruit, cassis. has lots of life left."
  • 95p

Information

Origin

Margaux, Bordeaux

Vintage Quality

Excellent

Value For Money

Satisfactory

Investment potential

Below Average

Fake factory

None

Glass Time

1h

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92p
 John Kapon / CEO / Ackerr Merrall & Condit, Pro (United States)  tasted  Château Margaux 1989  ( Château Margaux )

The 1989 Margaux had a tender nose with hints of semi-sweet fruit, both black and purple. The palate was a bit watery for lack of a better word, and its flavors were pleasant but not great (92).

7m 17d ago

94p
 John Kapon / CEO / Ackerr Merrall & Condit, Pro (United States)  tasted  Château Margaux 1989  ( Château Margaux )

"It had a delightful nose that was forward and ripe in a nutty way. The nose had carob, nut, meat and vanilla. The palate was beautiful with lots of finesse and drinking very well. It was silky, soft and very Margaux-like and had nice earth and light grit. A little lime and cola developed, and its finish was dusty, soft and pretty"

10m 12d ago

96p
 Stuart George, Wine Writer (United Kingdom)  tasted  Château Margaux 1989  ( Château Margaux )

"Harvesting began on 11 September, with just one day of rain. The earliest harvest since 1893 (which begun on 17 August!), with ripeness levels reminiscent of 1982.

On the 200th anniversary of the French Revolution, Margaux crafted a masterpiece that “combines power and subtlety,” said Pontallier. The 1989 was approachable from a young age, due to its ripeness. This is astonishingly concentrated, and almost too much of a good thing. Almost cloyingly charming, like an international playboy. A little kick of acidity on the finish suggests many years ahead for this. Nearly 20 years old but still so young. It is becoming involved, and currently shows a slightly unnerving combination of ripe opulence and more typical savoury Margaux character. Monolithic. Finish not quite as fine or persistent as 1996. Becoming evolved. So voluptuous. Drinking well, with a long life ahead of it.
"

1y 10m ago

95p
 Georg Linde, Wine Writer (Germany)  tasted  Château Margaux 1989  ( Château Margaux )

""Still young, but it was so cheap, we had to drink it off that wine list. Nose of red fruit, vanilla, moccha. Tannic and slightly dry on the palate, initially with some burnt aromas, but then gave way to wonderful aromas of cedar, spices, flower petals, dried fruit, cassis. has lots of life left.""

1y 11m ago

96p
 Stuart George, Wine Writer (United Kingdom)  tasted  Château Margaux 1989  ( Château Margaux )

"Harvesting began on 11 September, with just one day of rain. The earliest harvest since 1893 (which begun on 17 August!), with ripeness levels reminiscent of 1982.

On the 200th anniversary of the French Revolution, Margaux crafted a masterpiece that “combines power and subtlety,” said Pontallier. The 1989 was approachable from a young age, due to its ripeness. This is astonishingly concentrated, and almost too much of a good thing. Almost cloyingly charming, like an international playboy. A little kick of acidity on the finish suggests many years ahead for this. Nearly 20 years old but still so young. It is becoming involved, and currently shows a slightly unnerving combination of ripe opulence and more typical savoury Margaux character. Monolithic. Finish not quite as fine or persistent as 1996. Becoming evolved. So voluptuous. Drinking well, with a long life ahead of it. 96"

2y 1m ago

97p
 Christer Byklum / Leading Scandinavian wine blogger, Wine Writer (Norway)  tasted  Château Margaux 1989  ( Château Margaux )

"Decanted for two hours.
Ruby, thin brick rim, pure joy, floral, tobacco, leather, maturing beautifully, so complex it's impossible to describe, "-Nothing jumps out." as Mr. Pontallier said. Texture is perfection, so fresh, mouthwatering with ripe tannins, layer upon layer, starting to drink really beautifully now, but will age another twenty years easily, gorgeous length. "

4y 19d ago

97p
 Christer Byklum / Leading Scandinavian wine blogger, Wine Writer (Norway)  tasted  Château Margaux 1989  ( Château Margaux )

"Ruby, garnet rim. Layered, stunning, floral, violets and something quite impossible to describe. Stunning texture, fresh acidity, ripe tannins, superb balance, feels youthful and lacks the very ripe feel of the vintage, or it's just perfectly covering it up, superb length. Venus of Milo in silk draping. "

4y 19d ago

94p
 John Kapon / CEO / Ackerr Merrall & Condit, Pro (United States)  tasted  Château Margaux 1989  ( Château Margaux )

"The Ornellaia was challenged by a 1989 Margaux, and as good a bottle of this as I can remember. It was nutty with aromas of carob, smoke, pencil and meat. This was elegant with stuffing. It was a tasty, pure and high class wine, but the Ornellaia won the matchup (94)."

4y 2m ago

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