Red

1989 Château Haut-Brion

Red Bordeaux Blend

  • France
  • Bordeaux
  • Graves
  • Pessac-Léognan
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Community Tasting Notes 363

  • wineismylife wrote: 100 points

    June 27, 2022 - WIML100

    Tasted non blind. Opened for I'm guessing about 5 hours before served and followed over 2-3 hours during the tasting.

    Beautiful garnet to dark garnet color in the glass, clear looking throughout. Wonderful nose of saddle leather, rose petals, white pepper up front followed later by added notes of tobacco and dark chocolate. Rich luscious flavors of red currants, plums, cherries and raspberries followed by added notes of strawberries. Medium to bright acidity, medium to firm tannin, full bodied. Drink or hold.

    A perfect wine in tribute to a kind and generous friend.

    Jose Rodriguez Memorial Dinner

    1 person found this helpful Comment
  • sdr Likes this wine: 94 points

    June 25, 2022 - Seemingly impervious to the passage of time, the ‘89 Haut-Brion remains an intensely concentrated bruiser that still need considerable time to soften attractively. Majorly tannic. This bottle did not display much of the characteristic warm smoke and red fruit of more mature vintages of Haut-Brion, so bound up was it in its structure. I purchased this bottle on or near release and some other bottles have been more advanced. Still, I can see why it is considered a legendary vintage for the Château.

  • Nanda wrote: 100 points

    June 3, 2022 - Wow, perfection. Haunting perfume that is intense with florals, sweet cedar and tobacco, and herb-filled plums. Decadent palate with so much richness and power, in an ethereal package, and mile-long finish.

    4 people found this helpful Comment
  • graemeg wrote:

    June 1, 2022 - NobleRottersSydney - top 80s Bdx with Rhone ringers (Fix, St James, Sydney): {cork, 13%} [Gordon] Perfection. Will that do? Honestly, this is about a perfect as a wine gets. It may be getting a little unreliable at thirty-three now, as the last couple of exemplars demonstrated. But on this occasion, it’s flawless, transcendent. I wrote about tobacco and herbs and mature cassis and cigars in an attempt to capture it, but it can’t be satisfactorily done. We were really just ten stunned-mullet faces sitting around the table staring in wonderment at our glasses. Doesn’t seem more than medium-weight, though I guess it must be, but the balance is so impeccable, and the finish is endless; sweet and savoury all at once. And the flavours live up to the aromas, which it staggering in itself. Polished palate, with everything in perfect harmony. If you could impregnate face-masks with this, people would never take them off! What a triumph. Gloriously perfect, savoury, mature cabernet at its absolute peak.

    2 people found this helpful Comment
  • Oskiwawa wrote:

    May 20, 2022 - Wow wow wow. This was opened and let breather for several hours and then enjoyed over the next 2-3. No discernible bricking. Beautiful garnet red color. Silky mouthfeel. Palate continued to change throughout the evening. Dark fruits, brush, etc…. Really good length on the finish. A real treat. This should easily last another 20+ years. Fantastic.

    2 people found this helpful Comment
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  • By Neal Martin
    A Century of Bordeaux: The Nines (Sep 2019), 9/1/2019 (link)

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  • By Jancis Robinson, MW
    1/26/2019 (link)

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  • By James Suckling
    6/12/2016 (link)

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  • By Antonio Galloni
    Le Miracle de Haut-Brion (Dec 2014), 12/1/2014 (link)

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  • By Jancis Robinson, MW
    11/25/2014 (link)

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View From the Cellar

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

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The World of Fine Wine

  • June 2011, Issue #32 (link)

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Vintage Tastings

  • By John Kapon
    From the East, 9/16/2010

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  • By Jancis Robinson, MW
    7/6/2010 (link)

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  • By John Kapon
    Hong Kong Killers, 2/5/2010

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  • By John Kapon
    '24' in Bordeaux, 1/31/2010

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  • By John Kapon
    Hong Kong Diaries, 10/4/2009

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View From the Cellar

  • By John Gilman
    May/Jun 2007, Issue #9, Château Haut Brion :Some Are More Equal Than Others

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Vintage Tastings

  • By John Kapon
    A Double Dose of Angry Man Action, 3/7/2005

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  • By John Kapon
    Hanging with Mr. Parker and Mr. Squires in Baltimore and D.C, 2/21/2005

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

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    10/21/2002 (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
    11/25/2011 (link) 96 points

    (Château Haut-Brion) From 375 ml - bricking dark red violet color; maturing, tart cassis, dried currant, mushroom nose; delicious, balanced and beautiful, dried currant, pencil lead palate; long finish

  • By Richard Jennings
    6/19/2009 (link)

    (Château Haut-Brion) I was so looking forward to this bottle, as I've long loved this vintage of HB. Unfortunately this particular bottle had both brett and TCA. Dark red violet color; brett, TCA and roast beef nose; tasty, tart black fruit, graphite and brett on palate, so not showing at all what this wine is capable of when not TCA afflicted; medium-plus finish

  • By Richard Jennings
    4/18/2008 (link) 96 points

    (Château Haut-Brion) Medium red violet color with pale to clear meniscus; mature, redolent, berry and cassis nose; lovely, thoughtful, profound, tart cassis, beef jus, tart plum palate with herbal notes and great structure; long finish

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  • By Lyle Fass
    3/20/2007 (link)

    (Chateau Haut Brion) This was just amazing wine and one of the best Bordeaux I have ever had. My first time with this legendary wine. I was expecting to be hit over the head but instead I got a back massage. Delmas' masterpiece as Dave so aptly put it. Defines the whole cerebral element of Haut-Brion with one sniff. Just a cacophany of Haut-Brion goodness seamlessly presented. Tobacco, spice, gravel, mineral, cassis, cherries, cedar, tweed but in such a refined package. Palate had an amazing texture and wonderful acidity which made it come alive on your palate. So elegant and ripe but the harmony here is what separates it from the pack. The finish is brillant and lip-smacking and soooooo long. A masterpiece no matter how you look at it.

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  • By Richard Jennings
    12/27/2003 (link) 97 points

    (Château Haut-Brion) Big espresso nose; tight, espresso, mocha palate; long finish (decanted almost 2 hours)

  • By Richard Jennings
    7/18/2003 (link) 98 points

    (Château Haut-Brion) Nose of blackberry, mushrooms and Asian spice; rich, plush, sexy fruit and espresso; 35 second finish

  • By Richard Jennings
    6/25/2003 (link) 96 points

    (Château Haut-Brion) Reticent nose; good balanced fruit, cherry, herbs, pepper and leather palate; long finish

Wine Definition

  • Vintage 1989
  • Type Red
  • Producer Château Haut-Brion
  • Varietal Red Bordeaux Blend
  • Designation n/a
  • Vineyard n/a
  • Country France
  • Region Bordeaux
  • SubRegion Graves
  • Appellation Pessac-Léognan
  • UPC Codes 031259016368, 3419466118452, 802236002519

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  • Pending Delivery 242 (2%)
  • In Cellars 10,124 (73%)
  • Consumed 3,436 (25%)

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Beaufort d'ete, Food would be highly overrated with this to drink!

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