Mission Codename Pom-pom
This one HAD TO have a WIA.
But we had no idea there were a few more cases, till we asked. No, make it BEGGED. This is the first, the only, and without a doubt the LAST 1990 Pomerol to be had at this ABSURD price.
James Suckling is right when he says, “Bordeaux lovers often overlook Château Lagrange, it offers excellent Pomerol character and quality for the money in most vintages.”
Bordeaux lovers, hear that?! Collectors of not just wine, but anything really! Anyone who knows someone born in or has any kind of fond memories of 1990! That’s when we were bumping “Pump up the jam” on our boombox. Seinfeld debuted. The Berlin wall came down. And this 94-point wine was born.
Today is your LAST CALL to snag this vinous snapshot from what would ultimately become one of the greatest decades ever.
Just don’t expect to see a wine like this on Wine Spies ever again. Here’s why. Lagrange is owned by Christian Moueix. In Pomerol, he owns many a Château including Petrus, La Fleur-Pétrus, Trotanoy, Hosanna, Latour à Pomerol, Lafleur-Gazin… the man practically owns Pomerol! Oh, Napa Valley icon Dominus is also his.
The 1990 Petrus is a legend. It got 98 points from Wine Spectator and a pristine bottle can cost you a mortgage payment or three. A retailer in our town is listing one for $7414.89. Same ownership, same vintage, same appellation. It’s like a 5-minute drive between them. So how on earth can this be had 32 years after the harvest? In pristine condition, via a direct allocation from the Château, at about 1/100th of what you are looking at here today?
Unfathomable… but there it is!
When James Suckling penned the review below in 2000 for Wine Spectator, he wrote “The wines from Bordeaux’s 1990 vintage have always been great… benchmark wines from a great modern vintage for Bordeaux… most should improve or continue to be enjoyable for decades thereafter… Anyone who bought the 1990s has obtained some of the greatest wines produced over the last five decades.”
Well, he was right! Just one look and you’re thrown off by the youthful appearance. Sure, it’s got some garnet and the mildest of bricking on the rim, but for 32 years old, its core is freakishly vibrant and ruby. The nose offers up that ever-so-classic pedigreed claret perfume, with dried cherries, cassis, laurel, cigar box, sandalwood, and chanterelles. The palate is even younger than the color, believe it or not, with a seamless balance of ultrafine tannins against a juicy backdrop of blackberry liqueur and a cool menthol edge, it finishes long, and dare we say with even a few more years of age-worthiness to spare!
Enjoy this one-of-a-kind gem with a feast Julia Child would have cooked up. In 1990 she famously said “We should enjoy food and have fun. It is one of the simplest and nicest pleasures in life.”
Don’t you let this pleasure get away - again - if you are amongst lucky the few who had already grabbed some last January when it sold out in a matter of hours.
94 Points – Wine Spectator
“#21 in Top-100 of 1993, 1990 Bordeaux Retrospective: Big, rustic and chewy red. Dark garnet color. Aromas of berries, leaves, and wet earth. Full-bodied, with big, velvety tannins and a long coffee, ripe fruit aftertaste. Best after 2003.”
Dried cherries, cassis, laurel, cigar box, sandalwood
Garnet with the mildest of bricking on the rim, vibrant and ruby core
Dried cherries, cassis, laurel, cigar box, sandalwood, and chanterelles
A seamless balance of ultrafine tannins, juicy with blackberry liqueur and menthol
Long, and dare we say with even a few more years of age-worthiness to spare
Enjoy this one-of-a-kind gem with a feast Julia Child would have cooked up
What the Winery Says
- Jean-Pierre Moueix (in 1990, Christian Moueix today)
- 95% Merlot and 5% Cabernet Franc
- Pomerol, Libourne
- Vineyard size
- 5 hectares (in 1990, 11 hectares today)
- Gravel on clay and old, deep, blue clay
- 16 months
- 40% new French oak