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1990 Haut-Brion Bordeaux Blend - France - Bordeaux - Pessac Leognan - Red - First Growth

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France - Bordeaux - Pessac Leognan

Red Bordeaux Blend - First Growth
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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,... More »

JR 18
WA 98
WS 94
Drink Dates
Comm: 2007-2015 WA: 2009-2024 WS: 2006+
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JR 18
Source Jancis Robinson
Drink Dates 2000-2020

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.

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WA 98
Source Wine Advocate
Issue 183
Drink Dates 2009-2024

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.

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WS 94
Source Wine Spectator
Drink Dates 2006+

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.

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Author johnswu
Site / Blog   Trust Rating 93.827%
Tasted On 04/12/2014

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.

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Author marv
Site / Blog   Trust Rating 97.095%
Tasted On 06/25/2014


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Site / Blog   Trust Rating 92.228%
Tasted On 03/03/2013

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

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botro commented (2 years ago)
A great note - much appreciated. I have 1 bottle and based on your evaluation will hold it - if I can resist. Thanks
Author Ricknat1
Site / Blog   Trust Rating 99.332%
Tasted On 10/09/2009
Drink Dates 2009+

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

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Author Will M.
Site / Blog   Trust Rating 98.485%
Tasted On 12/26/2008

Soft, deep earth and mushrooms. velvelty on palette and extra long finish.

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Author dave1161
Site / Blog   Trust Rating 13.399%
Tasted On 12/24/2008
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Author Vicki K846
Site / Blog   Trust Rating 78.947%
Tasted On 02/09/2008
Drink Dates 2005-2015
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Author metlaw
Site / Blog   Trust Rating 78.448%
Tasted On 12/01/1980
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