Celebrated Vintage not Holding Up to Expectations: The 1990 Bordeaux are Dying, says Wine Critic

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Wine critics have widely praised the 1990 Bordeaux wines for their quality and cellaring potential. Unlike what has been written the 1990 Bordeaux are dying.

Wine critics have widely praised the 1990 Bordeaux wines for their quality and cellaring potential. In April 2003, during a tasting of the First Growths and of some Second Growths from the Left Bank, however, wine critic Thierry Paul Leroux was disappointed by the evolution of several of them. At the time, and without excluding a worst-case scenario, it was thought that the wines were in a "dumb" phase, he wrote on http://www.EliteWine.com.

Based on the thirteen 1990 First, Second and Third Growths from Saint-Estèphe, Pauillac, Saint-Julien and Margaux appellations that Thierry Paul Leroux tasted recently, it is now certain that the worst has happened. The 1990 Bordeaux wines from the Left Bank, including those known for their great cellaring potential, are dying.

Since only one Saint-Emilion was tasted, unfortunately with the same result, Thierry Paul Leroux contacted world-famous Bordeaux-based wine consultant Stéphane Derenoncourt to see if the catastrophic findings also applied to the wines from the Right Bank. Derenoncourt’s exact answer was: "For the Right Bank, it's even worse!"

“Today, it does not matter what are the factors responsible for this very disturbing result; the possible explanations will be examined later. What matters is that wine enthusiasts must know that the 1990 Bordeaux, including the very best of them, should be drunk rapidly, unlike what wine critics said” wrote Leroux on EliteWine.com. “The 1990 vintage does not have the cellaring potential of the great vintages in Bordeaux. Either from the Left Bank or from the Right Bank, the 1990 Bordeaux are dying” he added.

These findings have implications for wine lovers, wine collectors and wine auctioneers worldwide as the 1990 vintage in Bordeaux is considered to be one of the best of the 1990s as is reflected in prices, often reaching several hundred dollars per bottle.

EliteWine.com is an online magazine for the world’s most discriminating wine lovers. Thierry Paul Leroux, wine critic and wine consultant with over 30 years experience, can be reached at (512) 470-5944 or by fax: (512) 386-8987.

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