1989 Haut-Brion 750ml

France - Bordeaux - Pessac Leognan | First Growth/ Red / Bordeaux Blend
1989 Haut-Brion
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International Wine Cellar | 97

($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.

Drink Dates: 2005-2030
Author: Stephen Tanzer
Issue: Issue 103

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Jancis Robinson | 19.5

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.

Drink Dates: 2000-2030
Author: Jancis Robinson


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Wine Advocate | 100

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.

Drink Dates: 2003-2028


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Wine Spectator | 100

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.

Drink Dates: 2005+
Author: James Suckling


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Bordeaux Book(2003) | 100

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.

Drink Dates: 2003-2030
Author: Robert Parker


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JamesSuckling.com | 100

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.

Author: James Suckling
Issue: August 14th, 2013

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Score: 100
Author: marv
Trust Rating: 98
Tasted On: 06/25/2014
Mature
Score: 99
Author: 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.
Score: 98
Author: 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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Score: 93
Author: 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
Score: 100
Author: gd10102
Trust Rating: 81
Tasted On: 09/30/2009

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About This Producer


Since its founding in 1525, Chateau Haut-Brion has passed between many illustrious owners, including admirals, archbishops, and mayors of Bordeaux. In recent years, the estate has come under the ownership of Clarence Douglas Dillon, Ambassador of the United States in Paris and Minister of Finance under President John F. Kennedy, making it the only American-owned First Growth property. Currently, Dillon's granddaughter, the Duchesse de Mouchy, oversees Haut-Brion, among many others, under the public limited company of "Domaine Clarence Dillon."

Chateau Haut-Brion is also the only First Growth property from the 1855 Classification that lies outside of the Medoc and Sauternes. Located in Pessac, within the Graves region, just one mile from the city of Bordeaux, the wine of Chateau Haut-Brion is highly sought-after, landing it among the most expensive and prestigious wines in France. The estate vineyards, dominated by gravel and clay, are planted to both red and white varietals: Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc; and Semillon and Sauvignon Blanc. Haut-Brion is characterized by earthy scents, ripe fruit, tobacco and mineral, revealing aromas of chocolate and smoke and creating an elegant and harmonious wine that is highly structured, allowing it to age seamlessly.


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