1989 Haut Brion Bordeaux Blend
Bordeaux Blend - 750ML

  • WA 100
  • WS 100
  • JS 100
  • IWC 97
  • JR 96

$1,395.00

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$1,395.00

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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
JS 100
James Suckling - jamessuckling.com, August 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.
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.
JR 96
Jancis Robinson - Jancis Robinson's Purple Pages, November 2014
Impressively racy and lively. Great balance with rather sumptuous fruit but overall delicate and very pretty now (late 2014). 19/20
Color & Type Red
Varietal Bordeaux Blend
Country France
Region Bordeaux
Sub-region Pessac Leognan
Vintage 1989

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Haut-Brion’s grand vin is the embodiment of five centuries of tradition and plays a pivotal role in the worldwide history of wine. It is the oldest of the Bordeaux classed growths, the inventor of a new style of wine fashioned in the seventeenth century, and considered the world’s first luxury brand.

Typically more Merlot dominant than other Left Bank wines, the terroir of Haut-Brion is expressed through its empyreumatic bouquet (Havana cigars, chocolate, roasting, cedar wood, and so on). The attack is restrained, with precise yet exceedingly soft tannins. But the power of this wine is revealed in the surprising long mid-palate and even longer finish.

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Haut Brion

The oldest of Bordeaux’s five first growths and the only property outside the Medoc to be included in the 1855 Classification, Chateau Haut-Brion was founded by Jean de Pontac in 1533. The name derives from the Celtic word briga, meaning “hill” or “high place”, and refers to the gravelly elevated terrain situated between the Le Peuge and Le Serpent streams.

History shows that as early as 1660, Haut-Brion wines were already appreciated at royal tables as evidenced by the purchase of 169 bottles by King Charles II of England, noted in the royal cellar book. Among the wine’s admirers are the famous London diarist Samuel Pepys, and Thomas Jefferson, who had distinguished the wine’s quality long before the 1855 Classification.

Arnaud III de Pontac was responsible for building the estate’s international reputation and for creating a new style of wine that is the basis for all currently classified growths - an era which historians have described as a revolution in winemaking.

Chateau Haut-Brion was acquired by the American financier Clarence Dillon on May 13, 1935 and has been managed by the same family since. Much of the estate’s success is also credited to the Delmas family, who have worked the estate for three generations. Nearly five centuries after the creation of its vineyard and 350 years after the first published mention under its current name, Chateau Haut-Brion remains one of the finest wines in the world today.