This is about as alluring as it gets aromatically, with singed alder, juniper, bay and charcoal notes out front, hinting at power but turning beguiling as they flow into the core of steeped red currant, dried currant and black tea. The charcoal note makes an encore, with a lovely twinge of old-school character holding the finish. Always a great debate vis-à-vis the '90, but the slightly darker profile here gives this wine a lovely bit of extra drama. Non-blind Château Margaux vertical (December 2013). Drink now through 2025. Score - 97. (James Molesworth, winespectator.com, 2014)
Château Margaux 1989
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