Château Haut-Brion Pessac-Léognan Red Bordeaux Blend 1989

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I’ve been following this wine since I first tasted it from barrel in the summer of 1990, and it has always been an amazing wine and one of the best examples of this remarkable vintage. This particular bottle, which I helped to drink alongside a superb, dry-aged prime porterhouse at one of the New York City area’s best steakhouses, Rothmann’s on Long Island, might have been the best I’ve ever had. The textbook iron, tobacco and cigar box Haut-Brion character was there in abundance, but this time there was also an almost Burgundian laciness and buoyancy to the wine that I’ve not experienced before. Even at almost 30 years old, it still has a long life ahead of it, but based on this bottle I wouldn’t begrudge anyone opting to drink it right now. (Josh Raynolds, Vinous, January 219)

I’ve been following this wine since I first tasted it from barrel in the summer of 1990, and it has always been an amazing wine and one of the best examples of this remarkable vintage. This particular bottle, which I helped to drink alongside a superb, dry-aged prime porterhouse at one of the New York City area’s best steakhouses, Rothmann’s on Long Island, might have been the best I’ve ever had. The textbook iron, tobacco and cigar box Haut-Brion character was there in abundance, but this time there was also an almost Burgundian laciness and buoyancy to the wine that I’ve not experienced before. Even at almost 30 years old, it still has a long life ahead of it, but based on this bottle I wouldn’t begrudge anyone opting to drink it right now. (Josh Raynolds, Vinous, January 219)

9.8

Mark Royer Delectable Pro

Classic pencil, slight cedar, hint of bell pepper . Still going strong

Classic pencil, slight cedar, hint of bell pepper . Still going strong

9.7

Matt Duncan Delectable Pro

Much better than the last bottle. Cork was ideal and maintained round quality last bottle lacked. Still not quite as defined as the 1990 at this point, but a real treat all the same.

Much better than the last bottle. Cork was ideal and maintained round quality last bottle lacked. Still not quite as defined as the 1990 at this point, but a real treat all the same.

9.3

George Chen Delectable Pro

Wait a few more years...sleeping now.

Wait a few more years...sleeping now.

9.2

Yoon Ha Delectable Pro

Master Sommelier/Wine Director Benu

A perfect Bordeaux. And not another word#ohtobetwentyfiveagain

A perfect Bordeaux. And not another word#ohtobetwentyfiveagain

9.9

Davis Smith Delectable Pro

Sommelier Acquerello

Tobacco, leather, smoke

Tobacco, leather, smoke

9.0

Yoon Ha Delectable Pro

Master Sommelier/Wine Director Benu

This particular bottle had everything: color, fruit, complexity, balance, authority and ageability. Still young with 20 years of life easy.

This particular bottle had everything: color, fruit, complexity, balance, authority and ageability. Still young with 20 years of life easy.

9.6

Michael Meagher MS Delectable Pro

Chairman/Founder Boston Sommelier Society, Beverage Director Cafe Escadrille

Legendary!

Legendary!

9.8

James Parker Huston, CWE Delectable Pro

Sommelier Charlie Palmer

Life is beautiful!

Life is beautiful!

10

Jennifer DiDomizio Delectable Pro

No words.

No words.

9.9

Location

  • 606A West 28th Street
    New York, NY 10001

  • Hours:
    Monday-Friday: 11am-8pm
    Saturday: 12pm-6pm

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