Chateau Magdelaine dates back to at least the 18th century when it was owned by the Chatonnet family.Chateau Magdelaine is an old school styled, traditionally made Bordeaux wine is located just outside of the village St. Emilion. The 11.3 hectare St. Emilion vineyard of Chateau Magdelaine is planted to 90% Merlot and 10% Cabernet Franc. The terroir is limestone and clay soil. Even though the vineyard is one large parcel, the terroir is in two sections with 6 hectares located on the Saint Emilion limestone plateau while the remainder of the vines are planted on the slopes.
Tasted in Burgundy from a magnum acquired on release, the 1990 Château Magdelaine is what you describe as “classic” Saint Emilion—the kind produced in smaller and smaller quantities (and in this particular case, not at all). It has a clear, dark garnet color. The nose is forward with black fruit, cedar, wet woodland and tobacco aromas that actually give it a Left Bank allure. The palate is very well balanced with fine tannins. For a 1990 Right Bank, it shows surprising structure and reserve, to the point where you would justifiably argue that it actually needs more time. Don’t be afraid to open bottles of this lovely Saint Emilion now, but don’t feel afraid to store larger formats for many more years. Tasted August 2015. [92 points, Neal Martin – July 2016, www.robertparker.com]