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  • Country ranking ?

    1 004
  • Producer ranking ?

    56
  • Decanting time

    3h
  • When to drink

    now to 2030
  • Food Pairing

    fennel-Scented Duck Breasts with Pinot Noir Sauce

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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 tan...

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Wine Information

1999/ Practically the same scenario as in 1998 was produced in 1999: an exceptional spell of fine weather during August, followed by a beginning of September which took the grapes to near-perfect ripeness levels, then heavy rain at the end of September which, by a few days, prevented the grapes from reaching the ripeness levels of great vintages and, like in 1998, caused a slight dilution. That was the case in 1999. In both cases, the wines we...

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Vintage 1999

Bordeaux 1999/ The last year of the millennium was strange. The entire Bordeaux region had very good water reserves after a wet winter. Then, budburst in May under warm temperatures indicated a huge harvest. The weather became even warmer towards summer with some humidity. After early flowering at the end of May, storms made it difficult to pick berries. Then the heat wave followed with humidity and mildew problems in August. The weather chang...

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Tasting note

color

Deep and Cherry Red

ending

Long, Smooth and Vibrant

flavors

Blackberry, Blackcurrant, Blueberry, Licorice and Cherry

nose

Closed

taste

Average in Acidity, Medium tannin, Balanced, Well-Integrated, Well-structured, Developing and Fresh

Verdict

Excellent

Written Notes

The 1999 Margaux was ‘leaner and not at the level of the previous two,’ per Gil, and I couldn’t disagree. It was more along the lines of ’01 than ’04, if I had to say, with that lean and pungent side where the acidity and ‘cleaner’ came out first. Nut, smoke, smokehouse, tree bark, flint and fireplace joined the aroma party. There were cedary and spicy flavors, but they were thinner and not as long as the others; this was the leanest of the three. There were still good black fruit flavors, and Paul said that the ’99 ‘ has always been one of my favorite vintages to drink and has been good to drink from the day it was born,’ admiring how it just ‘melts in the mouth’.
  • 91p

The 1999 vintage is a delicious wine with intense ruby colour and purple hue, displaying the great finesse of Château Margaux. The nose is complex with elegance and depth, releasing hints of mild gingerbread spices and ripe dark berries complemented by fresh cherries and a whiff of minerality. Very subtle toasting aroma. In the background there is a slightly balmy touch as well as a hint of wet tobacco leaf and iron. On the palate sophisticated character with noble flavour, mild tannins, discreet acidity, very good depth and excellent length showing freshness, finesse and stunning persistence. 

  • 98p

Ruby. Scented, cassis, blueberries, floral, some herbs, nuanced, detailed, tight even after two hours, lilacs, touch of mint. Fresh acidity, ripe tannins, red fruits, cassis, blueberries and spices, detailed and layered, long finish. 94

  • 94p
Had a flight of 1997 and 1999 vintages for the Christmas dinner. Expected more from 1999 than from 1997 but the result was opposite. 1997 showed good early maturity and great overall balance while 1999 was still to young, firm, and also close and at the same time too malolactic on the nose.
  • 90p
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Origin

Margaux, Bordeaux

Vintage Quality

Above Average

Value For Money

Good

Investment potential

No Potential

Fake factory

None

Glass time

2h

Drinking temperature

16
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