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    Lamb Porterhouse Chops

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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.

The estate has 200 acres under vine. Each plot and each variety are treated differently from pruning throughout the growing season. Chateau Margaux’ goal is to nurture and maintain vines for as long as possible, as they believe vines need to reach 20 years of age to produce great wine. The estate is constantly trying to understand through experimentation how to improve soil health and fruit quality. Today, no insecticides are used, there is an important balance of healthy insects to counter pests, and any number of experiments with ploughing, organic farming, and biodynamic applications are ongoing. A final key point to note, Margaux has for the last 30+ years had among the lowest yields in the Medoc.

The wine was aged for 15 months, in 10% new oak and 90% second use barrels. Because of the particularities of the vintage, Cabernet Sauvignon made up an extremely high 88% of the blend, with Merlot only 12% of the blend. Importantly, the wine is held in bottle until ready to drink, which may not mean that vintages are released sequentially.

 

 

 

 

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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

23 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

nice but not special 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

Ruby, garnet rim. Scented, detailed, cassis, violets, highly seductive nose, gorgeous nose, ripe, touch of figs, cedar, rich tobacco but mostly beautiful and intense fruit. Fresh acidity, ripe tannins, mouthwatering, detailed, superb balance, elegant and nuanced, dark berries, such intensity, very long. 98

  • 98p

This wine flourished with the lamb porterhouse and showed far greater depth and appeal than in past showings. Cassis, violets and smoke are alluring on the bouquet. Red cherry and red fruit emerge on the palate, evolved and seductive, with a nice tannic backbone. The gracious composition of mature fruit and acidity is deeply impressive just past the mid palate. This was silky, soft, quintessential Margaux that at times has given the impression of under-ripeness due to early picked Cabernet that year, but has now marshaled its resources for a somewhat creamy, long, and elegantly rich finish. I prefer the ’90, unusually for me in the ‘battle’ between these two vintages, but this is flourishing beautifully. 96 Points

  • 96p
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
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Origin

Margaux, Bordeaux

Vintage Quality

Excellent

Value For Money

Satisfactory

Investment potential

Below Average

Fake factory

None

Glass time

1h

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