1990 Chateau Haut-Brion Pessac Leognan Bordeaux - 750ml

1990 Chateau Haut-Brion Pessac Leognan Bordeaux - 750ml

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1990 Chateau Haut-Brion Bordeaux - 96 pts!

Château Haut-Brion is the oldest of Bordeaux's five first growths, and one of the most famous wines in the world. Located in Pessac-Léognan, south of the city of Bordeaux, the château is rather far removed from its counterparts, all of which are found in the Médoc.

The vineyards were established in the 1530s by the Pontac family, changing hands several times throughout the ensuing centuries. Historical evidence shows that Haut-Brion was drunk by King Charles II and Thomas Jefferson, and the famous London diarist Samuel Pepys was also a fan of the wine. The estate was acquired by American Francophile Clarence Dillon in 1935 and has been managed by the family since.

Haut-Brion is notable as being the only first growth in Graves – Lafite Rothschild, Mouton Rothschild and Latour are all in Pauillac, while Château Margaux is – perhaps not surprisingly – in Margaux. Haut-Brion's red wine is its key line, comprising most of the château's output, but it is also unusual in that it has a corresponding white wine that shares the simple "Haut-Brion" name. The château's second wine has been known as La Clarence de Haut-Brion since 2007.


Product Details

Varietal Bordeaux Blend
Vintage 1990
Rating RP96/WS94
Bottle Size 750 ml
Bottle Quantity 1
Country France
Region Bordeaux
Location Pessac Leognan
Producer Haut Brion
Color Red
Wine Type Table

Robert Parker

Rating RP96 - Haut-Brion has been the most consistent first-growth over the last decade producing top-notch wines even in such tough years as 1987 1993 and 1994. I have had a tendency to forget just how exceptional the 1990 Haut-Brion is because of the huge shadow cast by the 1989. However in this blind tasting the 1990 proved itself to be a great wine. Its price has not risen nearly as much as one might expect given its quality. The 1990 is a decadently ripe wine with much more evolution to its fragrant cassis mineral smoked-herb hot rocks tobacco sweet toasty nose. Fat rich and medium to full-bodied this superbly-concentrated forward awesomely-endowed wine requires 4-6 years of cellaring; it is capable of lasting for 20-25+ years. It is an unheralded underrated 1990 that deserves more attention.RP

Wine Spectator

Wine Spectator WS94

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Winery Details

Varietal Bordeaux Blend
Vintage 1990
Rating RP96/WS94
Bottle Size 750 ml
Bottle Quantity 1
Country France
Region Bordeaux
Location Pessac Leognan
Producer Haut Brion
Color Red
Wine Type Table

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