1989 Haut Brion Bordeaux Blend

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  • Bordeaux Blend
  • 1.5L
  • WA 100
  • WS 100
  • IWC 97

Reviews for 1989 Haut Brion Bordeaux Blend

WA 100
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, January 2003
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... 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.
WS 100
Wine Spectator - Wine Spectator, February 2010
What a gorgeous seductive and beautiful wine as always. I can't get over the perfumed aromas of subtle milk chocolate cedar and sweet tobacco. Full-bodied yet so refined and silky lasting for minutes on the palate... What a gorgeous seductive and beautiful wine as always. I can't get over the perfumed aromas of subtle milk chocolate cedar and sweet tobacco. Full-bodied yet so refined and silky lasting for minutes on the palate. Everything is in just the right proportion. This is a wine that will go on forever. I love it. One of my great loves in the wine world.-'89/'99 Bordeaux blind retrospective (2009). Drink now. 12000 cases made. -JS
IWC 97
Stephen Tanzer's IWC - Stephen Tanzer's IWC, July 2002
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... 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 2005 through 2030.