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1989 Château La Mission Haut-Brion

Red Bordeaux Blend

  • France
  • Bordeaux
  • Graves
  • Pessac-Léognan
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Community Tasting Notes 227

  • MicklethePickle Likes this wine: 97 points

    December 31, 2021 - Strong, strong ruby, with no orange at the rim. Actually sticks to the glass after 32 years. Rich core of ripe red fruit, surrounded by iron and minerals. Super expressive and impressive in the mouth, quite opulent and velvety smooth, but at the same time massive in weight and richness, and the finish goes on forever. Has some beautiful mocha, cocoa and chocolate, as well as creme de cassis, menthol and even a bit medicinal. It is the massive weight and the never-ending finish that puts this in a league of its own. First time I remember tasting this, and worth the wait. 5-14-19-9: 97/100.

  • Ozen Likes this wine: 98 points

    December 28, 2021 - First and foremost: let it breath for at least 4 hours. When popping the cork it both nose and mouth are muted at first, closed. Its after 3-4 hours that it starts to open up, slowly and majestically, like royalty taking its time at its own pace.

    Fully mature and in its drinking window but full of life and years ahead of it, while fully at its peak now. While the nose of this bottle is not as exuberant, the tasting is spectacular. Its actually kind of hard to capture the experience in individual elements as it is so incredibly well integrated and harmonious. It's intense but subdued at the same time, its smooth and seducive, silky and sweet but always classy, impeccably balanced in its senses and sweet rich flavors. This is like trying to parse a great dish in its ingredients but not being able to as it is made to perfection and no single element stands out: magnificent balance and long after taste. The standard 750ml bottle in this case is unavoidably leading to deception and disappointment as it leaves you utter for one more sip. Stellar wine.

  • dream Likes this wine: 97 points

    December 19, 2021 - A stunning two bottles of this showing just a ton of material with voluminous flavors of dark fruits, road tar and oriental spices. The texture is now so well layered and velvety although the tannins remain firm yet supple and there is a wonderful smokiness that pervades throughout the wine. The finish just rolls over the tongue in waves with great complexity and mature notes just emerging. Wonderful and still on the upswing. 97+

  • cos65 Likes this wine: 99 points

    December 3, 2021 - From a pristinely stored magnum
    Double decanted about 2 hours prior to service
    Deep ruby black, crystal clear.
    Some smoky cherry flavors, hugely wafting aromatics, structure resolved, yet perfect balance and seeming immortal. More complete than a recent 1989 HB
    Perfect wine? 99+

  • The Vines That Bind wrote: 96 points

    November 3, 2021 - A pristine example and youthful showing. Classic side-by-side with the ‘89 Haut Brion. The La Mission was the ‘technically’ stronger with more red and black fruit power, but the Haut Brion had the beautiful and highly expressive aromatics with huge projection from the glass. The Burgundy-focused crowd tonight preferred the HB to the La Mission for its terrific aromatics. 95 - 96.

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  • By Neal Martin
    Mission Complete: La Mission Haut-Brion 1928–2011 (Sep 2021), 9/1/2021 (link)

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  • By Neal Martin
    A Century of Bordeaux: The Nines (Sep 2019), 9/1/2019 (link)

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  • By John Gilman
    Mar/Apr 2019, Issue #80, Another Look At the 1989 and 1990 Bordeaux - Twin Vintages Have Taken Different Paths With Age

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  • By John Gilman
    Jan/Feb 2015, Issue #55, Château La Mission Haut-Brion One of the Graves’ Greatest Estates- Changing For the Better?

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  • By Jancis Robinson, MW
    11/13/2013 (link)

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  • By Jancis Robinson, MW
    5/24/2013 (link)

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  • By John Gilman
    Jul/Aug 2012, Issue #40, The Annual Champagne and Sparkling Wine Report

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  • By John Kapon
    Chicago Recap, 11/2/2011

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The World of Fine Wine

  • June 2011, Issue #32 (link)

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  • By Jancis Robinson, MW
    9/11/2010 (link)

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The World of Fine Wine

  • December 2008, Issue #22 (link)

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  • By Jancis Robinson, MW
    6/23/2008 (link)

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  • By John Kapon
    Results & Tasting Notes from Evening Auction, 5/11/2007

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  • By John Kapon
    Chicago, Chicago, 2/16/2007

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  • By John Kapon
    Kickoff Classic, 9/17/2005

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  • By John Kapon
    Dinner with Jay and Anne, 9/15/2005

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  • By Jancis Robinson, MW
    3/23/2003 (link)

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  • By Stephen Tanzer
    July/August 2002, IWC Issue #103 (link)

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  • By Jancis Robinson, MW
    6/28/2002 (link)

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  • By Richard Jennings
    4/18/2008 (link) 97 points

    (Château La Mission Haut-Brion) Dark brick red color, with floating sediment; a little VA, roasted lamb and berry nose; tasty, deep, tart black fruit palate with sage note mid-palate and great acidity, reminiscent both of mature Rhone and mature Barolo; medium-plus finish 97+ pts.

  • By Richard Jennings
    6/25/2003 (link) 98 points

    (Château La Mission Haut-Brion) Reticent, chocolaty nose; rich, wonderful, cherry and chocolate palate; long finish

Wine Definition

  • Vintage 1989
  • Type Red
  • Producer Château La Mission Haut-Brion
  • Varietal Red Bordeaux Blend
  • Designation n/a
  • Vineyard n/a
  • Country France
  • Region Bordeaux
  • SubRegion Graves
  • Appellation Pessac-Léognan
  • UPC Codes 0649944020868, 099992781448

Community Holdings

  • Pending Delivery 74 (1%)
  • In Cellars 5,024 (73%)
  • Consumed 1,819 (26%)

Food Pairing

Community Recommendations

Boneless lamb w herbs, followed by various cow & sheep cheeses

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