1990 Haut-Brion

FRANCE / BORDEAUX / PESSAC-LEOGNAN
  • 98 WA
  • 94 WS
  • 90 JR
  • Variety
    Red Bordeaux Blend
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SKU: 51621-1990-750-3A
  • Wine Advocate | Rating: 98

    In terms of the brilliant complexity and nobility of the aromatics, scorched earth, black currants, plums, charcoal, cedar, and spices, the 1990 offers an aromatic explosion that is unparalleled. It is always fascinating to taste this wine next to the 1989, which is a monumental effort, but much more backward and denser, without the aromatic complexity of the 1990. The 1990 put on weight after bottling, and is currently rich, full-bodied, opulent, even flamboyant by Haut Brion's standards. It is an incredible expression of a noble terroir in a top vintage. While it has been fully mature for a number of years, it does not reveal any bricking at the edge, and I suspect it will stay at this level for another 10-15 years ... but why wait? It is irresistible now.
    Author: Robert Parker
  • Jancis Robinson | Rating: 18

    Light crimson. Minerally nose. Very classic Haut-Brion. No sign of age on the rim. Fragrant. Light and lifted and not as concentrated as the 1989 but very valiant. A good expression of both Haut-Brion's delicacy and 1990's richness. Attractively sweet and long but easy to overlook as it is fairly transparent in every way. Just lightly dusty tannins on the end.
    Author: Jancis Robinson
  • Wine Spectator | Rating: 94

    Racy and refined, with firm, silky tannins and a long finish. Full-bodied. Mushrooms and ripe fruit on the palate. Needs some bottle age to open. '89/'90 Bordeaux non-blind horizontal.
    Author: James Suckling
  • Self | Rating:

    Author: metlaw
  • Self | Rating: 96

    Author: dave1161
  • Self | Rating: 97

    This is much lighter in color than I would have imagined, barely opaque fading considerably towards the rim after 2 hours in the decanter. The nose is intense, violets, blackberry, blueberry and very ripe blackcurrant, pen ink, clove, slightly tertiary showing pine needle and wood. The first impression on the palate is of balance, it's perfect. Very ripe fruit which gives this wine a sweet note followed by gentle oak influence, medium-bodied, velvety tannin and medium+ acidity. This wine leaves an impression of perfection on the palate, elegant, this bottle has entered maturity and will probably dink well 2013- 2023, good length on the finish. Superb
    Author: BORDEAUXLICIOUS
  • Self | Rating: 94

    Drink Dates: 2005-2015
    Author: Vicki K846
  • Self | Rating: 94

    Consumed at The Little Door with HJ. Tastes like liquid smoke, smooth tannins, very long and lingering finish. Very one of a kind wine, but I don't know if I like the overpowering smokey flavor. I wouldn't pay $650 for it.
    Author: johnswu
  • Self | Rating: 98

    Early
    Author: marv
  • Self | Rating: 98

    One of the best Haut Brion's we have had yet. Better then the 79 or 82 (so far). The nose is incredibly complex and smacks you in the face with leather, spices, dark fruits and other earthy, smoky ingredients. in the mouth it is full bodied, rich, luxurious and ultimately extremely classy. It is the finest expression of HB yet and I think it is at its apex with no sign of letting up anytime soon
    Drink Dates: 2009+
    Author: Ricknat1
  • Self | Rating: 97

    Soft, deep earth and mushrooms. velvelty on palette and extra long finish.
    Author: Will M.
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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Located in the southwest of France, Bordeaux is the single largest fine-wine-producing region in the world, with more than 15,000 growers spread over 57 appellations and more than 700 million bottles produced annually. The region boasts a two-thousand-year winemaking history and some of the wine world's most recognized and highly sought-after names. Red Bordeaux blends comprise eighty percent of production, but dry and sweet whites are also well-known. The region is divided into the Left and Right Banks (of the Dordogne River); Cabernet Sauvignon prevails in the former and Merlot in the latter.

Collector Data For This Wine

  • 2648 bottles owned
  • 389 collectors
  • Average collector rating: 96
    (Out of 389 collectors)