1990 Château Magdelaine (France, Bordeaux, Libournais, St. Émilion Grand Cru)

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Bordeaux, France, Libournais, Merlot, Red Wine, St. Émilion Grand Cru

This wine was stunningly good. Opened this with Valentine’s Day dinner of 30-day dry aged Ribeye. Dark color for its age, a nose to die for that screams black truffle and tertiary earth notes. Incredible precision, focus, elegance, but also richness on the palate with plum sauce, black currants and blackberries, a touch of sweet cigar and a cured smoky taste. Finish goes on forever. It’s as good as the 1990 Montrose, the 1990 Tertre Roteboeuf, and 1990 Jaboulet La Chapelle I’ve had in the last few years. An epiphany wine for me that reminded me of two things…one, I love this hobby…and two…aged Bordeaux can be magical. If I had a case of this, it still wouldn’t be enough. Nowhere near decline.

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I am not a professional wine taster, nor do I have any professional training in the wine trade. I am a wine enthusiast who has spent countless hours tasting wines of many different styles. My palate is not aligned with a single wine critic, and I call all wines "as I taste them". My site is a source of tasting notes and wine recommendations as well as warnings without conflict of interest. You'll just have to figure out how your palate aligns with mine. My palate generally tends to veer towards Old-World wines that put a premium on terroir and lovely balance and finesse, rather than raw power...please keep that in mind as you read my notes.

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