1999 Chateau Margaux, Margaux (750ml)

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1999 Chateau Margaux
Region: Bordeaux
Sub-Region: Margaux
Grape Varietal: Cabernet Sauvignon
Review Score: 94WA, 93V, 93WS
Alcohol By Volume: 12.5%

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The sexy, dark plum/purple-colored 1999 Margaux is already revealing complex aromatics. This surprisingly charming and round offering is reminiscent of a vintage such as 1985. Although neither a blockbuster nor a heavyweight, it grows in the mouth revealing tremendous length as well as purity. Administrator Paul Pontallier prefers it to the more austere 1998, as do I. This is an archetypical Chateau Margaux of richness, finesse, balance, and symmetry. It can be drunk young, but promises to age nicely for two decades. Extrapolating backwards, it would probably have something in common with the underrated 1962 Medocs.

94 points, Robert Parker's Wine Advocate (Issue # 140 - Apr 2002)

Medium ruby. Expressive aromas of black raspberry, Cuban tobacco and grilled nuts; a bit more red fruit in character than either the 2000 or the 2001. Silky, seamless and enveloping, but the wine's excellent vinosity gives its creamy fruit very good definition. Consistent from start to finish. Tannins are substantial but fine, allowing the fruit and floral flavors to linger impressively. Along with Latour, an early candidate for the wine of the vintage.

93 points, Stephen Tanzer, Vinous (May 2002)

Offers decadent aromas of walnut, raspberry and mulberry. Very complex. Full-bodied, with an earthy, lightly vanilla, berry, coffee bean and floral flavor. Refined and caressing. Very, very subtle. Why wait? '89/'99 Bordeaux blind retrospective (2009). Drink now. 16,665 cases made.

93 points, Wine Spectator (2010)