90-94 / 100
90-94 / 100
The climatic conditions of the 1994 vintage are quite similar to 1993. However, the heavy rains which marked the harvest came too late to really hinder the ripening of the grapes.
Château Margaux 1994 is of good quality, both subtle and powerful. Today, the bouquet is developing well, charm is slowly beginning to replace power. This Premier Cru Classé becomes interesting on tasting, but can still be kept in the cellar for several years.
DOMAINE DE MARCOUX Vieilles Vignes 1994
Châteauneuf du Pape
CHATEAU BEL ORME TRONQUOY DE LALANDE 1994
Chambertin Grand Cru
TAITTINGER Comtes de Champagne 1994
CHÂTEAU LEOVILLE LAS CASES 1994
CHÂTEAU BEAU SEJOUR BECOT 1994
(01-2003) This largely forgotten vintage seems to have turned the corner in the last year or two. Because of strict selections made at the top chateaux, the wines always had density, but the level of tannin was frequently too high, and the type of tannin was more green and astringent. Chateau Margaux’s 1994 has always been one of the candidates for the “wine of the vintage.” The wine still has a dense plum/purple color and a big, sweet nose of black fruits intermixed with licorice, camphor, vanilla, and a hint of flowers. The wine is dense and powerful, but the tannins have softened and do not seem as hard and intrusive as they did in the late nineties. This wine will last for decades and hopefully become even more seamless, although it is hard to believe all the tannin will gradually dissipate. Anticipated maturity: 2008-2025. Last tasted, 10/02.
(01-1997) Not a big Margaux, this is all in refinement. Pretty aromas of berries, raspberries and toasted oak and warm flavors that build on your palate. Medium-bodied, with fine, well-integrated tannins and a caressing finish.