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  • Country ranking ?

    260
  • Producer ranking ?

    14
  • Decanting time

    2h
  • When to drink

    now-2040
  • Food Pairing

    Beef Tenderloin with Shitake Mushrooms and Crisp Rosemary Potatoes

The Story

There is an amazing dual hit of black fruit and fine-grained tannins here, which is rounded off with a wonderful creaminess. The fruit is encased in a huge structure, which is not always easy to assess when tasting en primeur, but it has a lovely fleshiness to it and the wine is multi-layered with flavours evolving in the mouth. Notes of cocoa, vanilla and tar show towards the finish and it all ends completely seamlessly. The tannins are extremely ripe and well-integrated. Ch. Haut-Brion is often understated at this stage, which serves to underline how fine this wine will be.

 

Château Haut-Brion Thomas Jefferson, the american ambassador to Paris and later President of the United States of America, visited Haut Brion on May 25th 1787 commenting in his journals about the soils of the vineyards as well as mentioning that there were four vineyards of first quality Château Margaux, Château Latour Ségur, Château Haut Brion and Château La Fite. He also wrote:"Haut Brion is a wine of the first rank and seems to please the American palate more than all the others that I have been able to taste in France.“ Jean de Pontac began constituting the Haut-Brion vineyard, in the Graves region, in 1525.

 

His descendants went on to produce "New French Claret," the precursor of today's great wines. Their efforts enabled Arnaud III de Pontac to sell his wine under the estate's name as early as 1660. Called “vin de Pontac”, then Haut-Brion, it gained a fine reputation and enormous success in London. The first of the Bordeaux great growths was born. Through the centuries, the owners and managers of Haut-Brion have been obsessed with perpetuating the château's reputation for quality. Classified a First Growth in 1855, Haut-Brion has done everything possible ever since then to maintain its standing. To perpetuate its Grand Cru status, an estate and its constituent parts have to be maintained over the centuries, suitable grape varieties for each plot have to be chosen, and a relentless selection process carried out. Today, a great American family, the Dillons, has been continuing this tradition for seventy years.

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Vintage 1990

1990 AN EXCEPTIONAL YEAR
The wine is not as supple and velvety as the 89. Its structure is, more of a classic vintage. Comparable to the 88, showing complexity, finess and elegance which define Haut-Brion's great years.

Weather conditions
Sum of temperatures : 3438 °C
Rain : 291 mm
Days where temperature above 30 °C : 32
Harvest : from 04/09/1990 to 28/09/1990

Current vintage notes
A warm winter so an exceptionally earlym budding. The start of spring was cold but summer was exceptionally hot and dry. Littlerain in September allowed an abundant and very healthy crop.


 

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Average Bottle Price

2016 2015 2014 2013 2012 2011 2010 2005 2000
622€ +1.8% 611€ +1.5% 602€ +1.7% 592€ +0.9% 587€ -10.5% 656€ -6.2% 699€ +124.8% 311€ +114.5% 145€

This data comes from the FINE Auction Index, a composite of average prices for wines sold at commercial auctions in 20 countries. The average prices from each year have been collected since 1990. This chart plots the index value of the average price of the wines.

Latest Pro-tasting notes

13 tasting notes

Tasting note

color

Full

ending

Long, Extensive and Pure

flavors

Tobacco, Mineral, Nutty, Cassis, Chocolate and Spice

nose

Refined, Closed and Youthful

recommend

Yes

taste

Average in Acidity, Warming, High tannin, Balanced, Concentrated, Multi-dimensional, Developing, Full-bodied, Rich, Focused, Vigor, Dry and Silky tannins

Verdict

Impressive and Outstanding

Written Notes

Deep purple red with garnet red hue. A brillant wine with opulence and elegance, balmy notes in the nose, hints of fine leather , spicy cuban tobaco, cedarwood and ripe berries. Blackcurrants and mulberries in the background. On the palate powerful with spicy notes, mature tannins, feine acidity, excellent depth and length with hints of floral flavours in the finish.
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Ruby. Scented, red and darker berries, nuanced, floral, intense and layered, leaping out of the glass. Fresh acidity, ripe tannins, fresh and fruity, lively and detailed, nuanced, elegant and long. 97
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The 1990 vintage is beautifully poised between its primary and secondary life. It showed intense sweet mushroom/vellum and red currant aromas and flavours with a touch of cedar oak. The palate is astonishingly well balanced with plenty of sweet fruit intertwined with fine lacey tannins (100/100 points).
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Information

Origin

Pessac-Leognan, Bordeaux

Vintage Quality

Outstanding

Value For Money

Good

Investment potential

Average

Fake factory

Be Cautious

Glass time

2h

Inside Information

Wine Advocate #183
Jun 2009
Robert M. Parker, Jr. 98 Drink: 2009 - 2024 $656-$1323
1990: In terms of the brilliant complexity and nobility of the aromatics, scorched earth, black currants, plums, charcoal, cedar, and spices, the 1990 offers an aromatic explosion that is unparalleled. It is always fascinating to taste this wine next to the 1989, which is a monumental effort, but much more backward and denser, without the aromatic complexity of the 1990. The 1990 put on weight after bottling, and is currently rich, full-bodied, opulent, even flamboyant by Haut Brion’s standards. It is an incredible expression of a noble terroir in a top vintage. While it has been fully mature for a number of years, it does not reveal any bricking at the edge, and I suspect it will stay at this level for another 10-15 years ... but why wait? It is irresistible now. Release price: ($1200.00/case)
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98p
 Markus Del Monego MW / Best Sommelier in the World 1998, MW (Germany)  tasted  Château Haut-Brion 1990  ( Château Haut-Brion )

"Deep purple red with garnet red hue. A brillant wine with opulence and elegance, balmy notes in the nose, hints of fine leather , spicy cuban tobaco, cedarwood and ripe berries. Blackcurrants and mulberries in the background. On the palate powerful with spicy notes, mature tannins, feine acidity, excellent depth and length with hints of floral flavours in the finish. "

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97p
 Christer Byklum / Leading Scandinavian wine blogger, Wine Writer (Norway)  tasted  Château Haut-Brion 1990  ( Château Haut-Brion )

"Ruby. Scented, red and darker berries, nuanced, floral, intense and layered, leaping out of the glass. Fresh acidity, ripe tannins, fresh and fruity, lively and detailed, nuanced, elegant and long. 97"

1y 10m ago

100p
 Andrew Caillard MW, Wine Writer (Australia)  tasted  Château Haut-Brion 1990  ( Château Haut-Brion )

"The 1990 vintage is beautifully poised between its primary and secondary life. It showed intense sweet mushroom/vellum and red currant aromas and flavours with a touch of cedar oak. The palate is astonishingly well balanced with plenty of sweet fruit intertwined with fine lacey tannins (100/100 points). "

2y 2m ago

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 Juha Lihtonen, Sommelier (Finland)  tasted  Château Haut-Brion 1990  ( Château Haut-Brion )

"A big, energetic yet elegant wine with great potential. Reaching its peak in 2020-2025.

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4y 7m ago

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 Chef dalTony, Wine Lover (Finland)  tasted  Château Haut-Brion 1990  ( Château Haut-Brion )

"One of the best Bordeaux I've had, definetely no hurry with this.."

4y 8m ago

95p
 Pekka Nuikki / Founder of the Fine Wine Magazines, Pro (Finland)  tasted  Château Haut-Brion 1990  ( Château Haut-Brion )

"Excellent event- Dom Perignon 1975 rose mg surprisingly fresh and vivid, at the end of the day, the best Haut Brion were 1989, 1961, 1945, 1982, ....36 vintages:)"

5y 9m ago

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