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1989 Haut-Brion 750ml
1989 Haut-Brion
France - Bordeaux - Pessac Leognan / First Growth
Red / Bordeaux Blend
1989 Haut-Brion
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Professional Reviews

IWC
97

International Wine Cellar Author: Stephen Tanzer Issue: Issue 103

($425-$675) Medium red. Highly nuanced, roasted aroma dominated by tobacco, grilled nuts, smoke and vanillin oak. Densely packed, but also juicy and penetrating, with great thrust and superb vinosity. A very powerful wine with a robust tannic structure. Finishes very long and strong. This and La Mission really transcend the vintage.

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JR
19.5

Jancis Robinson Author: Jancis Robinson

Deep ruby and beautifully shaded at the rim.  Intensely ripe with strong lead pencil aromas.  Very meaty.  Lovely balance and succulence.  Just gorgeous stuff and very intense and long without being at all burnt.  It gets better and better on the finish.  Just a hint of tar but such subtle fruit beforehand.  Realy reverberant on the mid palate,.  Great combination of richness and energy.

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WA
100

Wine Advocate

Haut-Brion has been the most consistent first-growth over the last decade, producing top-notch wines, even in such tough years as 1987, 1993, and 1994. The 1989 is one of a handful of truly profound wines from a vintage that tends to be overrated, save for the Pomerols, a few St.-Emilions, and some overachievers in the Medoc. However, 1989 was an extraordinary success for Jean Delmas, the administrator of Haut-Brion and La Mission-Haut-Brion. The prodigious 1989 Haut-Brion is one of the greatest first-growths I have ever tasted. It has always reminded me of what the 1959 must have tasted like in its youth, but it is even richer and more compelling aromatically. The wine exhibits an opaque ruby/purple color, as well as a sweet nose of jammy fruit, tobacco, spicy oak, minerals, and smoke. Fabulously concentrated, with huge levels of fruit, extract, and glycerin, this wine is nearly viscous because of its thickness and richness. Low acidity gives the wine even more appeal and adds to its precociousness. The wine has not budged in development since it was first bottled, although it has always provided thrilling drinking because of its voluptuous texture. It needs another 5-6 years of bottle age before it will begin to develop Haut-Brion's fabulous fragrance. Expect it to hit its plateau of maturity around 2003-2005 and drink well for 15-25 years.

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WS
100

Wine Spectator Author: James Suckling

Fabulous aromas of raspberries, minerals, tobaccco, chocolate. Complex. Full-bodied, with big velvety tannins but elegant and fabulous. Wonderful sweetness. Goes on and on. This has been 100 points since I first tasted it in barrel. It may age forever, but so good now. Love it. '89/'90 Bordeaux non-blind horizontal. Drink now.

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RP
100

Bordeaux Book(2003) Author: Robert Parker

This continues to be one of the immortal wines and one of the greatest young Bordeaux wines of the last half-century. Consistently prodigious and almost a sure bet to top the scoring card of any blind tasting of this vintage as well as other years, the 1989 Haut-Brion is a seamless, majestic classic, and a tribute to this phenomenal terroir and its singular characteristics. The wine still has a very thick, viscous-looking ruby/purple color, a spectacular, young but awesome smorgasbord of aromas ranging from scorched earth, liquid minerals, graphite, blackberry and black currant jam to toast, licorice, and spice box. The levels of fruit, extract, and glycerin in this viscous, full-bodied, low-acid wine are awe-inspiring. The brilliant symmetry of the wine, extraordinary purity, and seamlessness are the hallmarks of a modern-day legend. It is still in its pre-adolescent stage of development, and I would not expect it to hit its full plateau of maturity for another 3-5 years, but this should be an Haut-Brion that rivals the greatest ever made at this estate. Life is too short not to drink this wine as many times as possible! A modern day clone of the 1959? Anticipated maturity: 2005-2030. Last tasted, 1/03.

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JS
100

JamesSuckling.com Author: James Suckling Issue: August 14th, 2013

This continues to be a perfect wine with a beautiful, dense character of tobacco and sweet fruits. Chocolate, toasted walnuts and flowers here too. It's full-bodied with velvety tannins. Lasts for minutes on the palate.

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Community Reviews

100

marv Trust Rating: 99 Tasted On: 06/25/2014

Mature

99

Anthony D526 Trust Rating: 99 Tasted On: 12/23/2010 Drink Dates: 2008-2035

Still youthful dark ruby color. Initially closed nose, opening up in the glass to a lovely classy bouquet of casis, black fruit, spice, tobacco & leather. A big wine, backward, needs lots of time; yet very very concentrated - atypically so for Haut Brion - w/silky well-integrated tannins; brooding; very long, complex finish. A great Bordeaux still early in its maturity and will continue to develop.

98

Butler wan Trust Rating: 100 Tasted On: 10/09/2010 Drink Dates: 2007-2035

This powerful, complex perfume grabs you with smoke, tar, tobacco, cassis, Cuban cigar, leather, spice and cherry pipe tobacco aromatics. This is rich, dense and full bodied, yet light on its feet and perfectly in balance. The wine feels graceful in your mouth. The finish is long, clean, pure, seamless and silky. Still young this will only continue getting better over the next several decades

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93

Ricknat1 Trust Rating: 99 Tasted On: 12/17/2009 Drink Dates: 2009+

Jon brought this over to the table joking it was a rebottled Lafite. The group consensus was an 85 HB. When he told us later it was the legendary 89, no one was sure whether he was joking or not. It was nice but did not bowl me over as I would expect if it was the 89. 93

100

gd10102 Trust Rating: 81 Tasted On: 09/30/2009

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