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  • Country ranking ?

    58
  • Producer ranking ?

    3
  • Decanting time

    3h
  • When to drink

    now to 2040
  • Food Pairing

    Lamb Stew with Spring Vegetables

The Story

La Mission-Haut-Brion's vineyards (Cabernet Sauvignon 48%, Merlot 45%, Cabernet Franc 7%) lie on a large (up to 18 metres deep in places) gravel bank interspersed with clay. The wine is fermented in temperature-controlled, stainless steel vats and then matured in oak barriques (100% new) for 18 months. The wines of La Mission Haut Brion are rich, oaky and powerful and need at least 10 years of bottle ageing before they should be broached.

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Vintage 1989

Created by the noble Lestonnac family in the early years of the sixteenth century, the vineyard of La Mission Haut-Brion owes its name and its reputation to the Prêcheurs de la Mission, the Bordeaux branch of the Congrégation de la Mission de Sainte-Lazare, who held the property from 1682 until the French Revolution. The estate was first time awarded with the Gold Medal at the 1862 International Exhibition in London.

The signature of the estate wines are complex flavours of mixture of red fruits, cigar. dark chocolate, roasting and cedar wood. On palate, wine shows always fine and silky tannins.

Vineyard: 26.6 hectares (65.7 acres)

Varietals: 42.7% Merlot, 47% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10.3% Cabernet Franc

Average time spend in oak: 18-22 months (80% new oak)

Annual Production: 6,000-7,000 cases


VINTAGE 1989

Sum of temperature: 3408°C
Rain: 355mm
Days of temperature above 30°C: 24 days

Harvest: 29/08/1989 to 20/09/1989

Historically an early vintage. The growing season was particularly hot, sunny, and dry providing ideal conditions for budding, flowering, veraison, maturity and harvest. An exceptional year produced an exceptionel wine.


TASTING NOTES

The wine has a handsome color deep and mature. The nose finds that the perfect maturity of the fruit is dominating the tasting. One even finds the softness of the wine in the nose. In the mouth the subtleties of the aromas evolve bit by bit. THe ripe tannins make up a taut and fleshy base. Nevertheless all is harmoniously melded together. One notes the scent of cigar, cedar wood, an unusually exotic touch of vanilla, cloves and orange peel, ending with a storng whiff of truffle. All these evolve together and give a sensation of silky unctuosity. This is a legendary wine.

To taste rather between now and 2030.



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Latest Pro-tasting notes

18 tasting notes

Tasting note

color

Deep and Ruby red

ending

Long, Lingering and Pure

flavors

Smoky, Blackcurrant, Violet, Toasty, Tobacco and Mineral

nose

Intense, Ripe, Generous and Refined

recommend

Yes

taste

Average in Acidity, Medium tannin, Well-structured, Balanced, Concentrated, Youthful, Medium-bodied, One-dimensional, Firm, Fresh, Rich and Silky tannins

Verdict

Intelligent and Sophisticated

Written Notes

Its sibling, the 1989 La Mission Haut Brion, is also a rock star wine, and this bottle didn’t disappoint.  It was deeper and more decadent than the HB, with its usual thick chocolaty style.  Motor oil and black fruits rounded out this spectacular La Miss.  I’m not sure if Tom Terrific was asking or telling, but there was some question or comment about the 1990 being even better (98).

  • 98p
8 Great Bordeaux 1.Flight Latour 1990 MG vs Lynch Bages 1989 MG 2 Flight La Mission Haut Brion 1989 vs Haut Brion 1989 3.Flight Mouton 1982 vs Latour 1982 MG 4 Flight Mouton 1986 vs Lafite 1986 opened one day before, dark chocolate, extract sweetness, espresso, concentration, some cassis and dark berries, too young, velvety tannins, great acidity, very long finish, a little bit softer than HB
  • 99p

Information

Origin

Pessac-Leognan, Bordeaux

Vintage Quality

Outstanding

Value For Money

Best buy

Investment potential

Good

Fake factory

None

Glass time

2h

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 John Kapon / CEO / Ackerr Merrall & Condit, Pro (United States)  tasted  La Mission Haut Brion 1989  ( Château La Mission Haut-Brion )

Its sibling, the 1989 La Mission Haut Brion, is also a rock star wine, and this bottle didn’t disappoint.  It was deeper and more decadent than the HB, with its usual thick chocolaty style.  Motor oil and black fruits rounded out this spectacular La Miss.  I’m not sure if Tom Terrific was asking or telling, but there was some question or comment about the 1990 being even better (98).

28d 3h ago

99p
 Alper Alpaslan, Pro (Germany)  tasted  La Mission Haut Brion 1989  ( Château La Mission Haut-Brion )

"8 Great Bordeaux

1.Flight Latour 1990 MG vs Lynch Bages 1989 MG
2 Flight La Mission Haut Brion 1989 vs Haut Brion 1989
3.Flight Mouton 1982 vs Latour 1982 MG
4 Flight Mouton 1986 vs Lafite 1986

opened one day before, dark chocolate, extract sweetness, espresso, concentration, some cassis and dark berries, too young, velvety tannins, great acidity, very long finish, a little bit softer than HB"

1y 7m ago

96p
 Georg Linde, Wine Writer (Germany)  tasted  La Mission Haut Brion 1989  ( Château La Mission Haut-Brion )

""Nose of black tea, raisins, tobacco, tar. Still some cassis, truffles, more black tea.""

2y 5m ago

97p
 John Kapon / CEO / Ackerr Merrall & Condit, Pro (United States)  tasted  La Mission Haut Brion 1989  ( Château La Mission Haut-Brion )

"There was a Pomerol kink to the second La Mission, leading a guest or two in the Lafleur direction. If there ever were an overripe, Pomerol impostor of a La Miss, it would certainly be the 1989 La Mission Haut Brion. This was an open and plummy wine with lots of iron, musk, wheat and cedar. Rich and long, its fleshy and plummy flavors lingered regally. Great stuff (97+)."

4y 7d ago

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