x
  • Country ranking ?

    48
  • Producer ranking ?

    1
  • Decanting time

    3h
  • When to drink

    now to 2040
  • Food Pairing

    Lamb Stew with Spring Vegetables

The Tb points given to this wine are the world’s most valid and most up-to-date evaluation of the quality of the wine. Tastingbook points are formed by the Tastingbook algorithm which takes into account the wine ratings of the world's 50 best-known professional wine critics, wine ratings by thousands of tastingbook’s professionals and users, the generally recognised vintage quality and reputation of the vineyard and winery. Wine needs at least five professional ratings to get the Tb score. Tastingbook.com is the world's largest wine information service which is an unbiased, non-commercial and free for everyone.

Read more
Close

The Story

La Mission Haut Brion is situated in Bordeaux' southern suburb, Talence. From 1919 and until 1983, it was Woltner family, who had owned this property. Under Woltner's reign, La Mission Haut Brion experienced one of its greatest period with string of fine vintages and was considered then as fully on the level with First Growths and sometimes even better than these. In 1983, owners of Haut Brion purchased La Mission Haut Brion and today its Jean Philippe Delmas, who's responsible for this property.

 

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.

Read more
Close

Wine Information

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.



Read more
Close

Latest Pro-tasting notes

35 tasting notes

Tasting note

color

Deep and Ruby red

ending

Long, Lingering and Pure

flavors

Smoky, Blackcurrant, Voluptuous, 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

The 1989 La Mission Haut Brion was not as opulent as usual.  It had some tootsie pop, chocolatey flavors, but it was a touch cooked and off (95+A).

  • 95p

Ruby. Scented, red berries, floral, nuanced, layered, superb nose, bright and detailed. Exceptional nose. Fresh acidity, ripe tannins, dark berries, anise, some spices, nuanced, detailed, layered, spices, some anise, layered, superb length. 100

  • 100p
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
Load more notes

Information

Origin

Pessac-Leognan, Bordeaux

Vintage Quality

Outstanding

Value For Money

Best buy

Investment potential

Good

Fake factory

None

Glass time

2h

Highlights

Latest news

TASTINGBOOK WINE NEWS Boom times for fine wine / The Liv-ex 1000 shows that interest in wines from Burgundy, Champagne, the Rhône, Italy and the US has grown rapidly—and unexpectedly.
TASTINGBOOK WINE NEWS 2021 Henschke “A Congregation of Ancients” Release / A Timeless Quality
TASTINGBOOK WINE NEWS Austrian 2020 vintage  / A challenging, yet rewarding year
TASTINGBOOK WINE NEWS ORNELLAIA ANNOUNCES NEW NAPA PROJECT / Tuscan estate Ornellaia has announced a new venture in California in partnership with Dalla Valle Vineyards, called ‘DVO’.
WINERY NEWS Promontory / BWW 2021 - Best New Winery of the World have been selected – Promontory! BWW – Best W  more ...
TASTINGBOOK WINE NEWS BWW 2021 – Top 10 Champagnes of the World have been selected / Rare Champagne 2008 is the Winner!
TASTINGBOOK WINE NEWS The Bordeaux 2020 Vintage / by Angelus
WINERY NEWS Piper-Heidsieck /    CHAMPAGNE PIPER-HEIDSIECK APPOINTS NEW CELLAR MASTER Champagne house Piper-Heidsiec  more ...
TASTINGBOOK WINE NEWS BWW- Best Wine of the World 2021 Competition's Winners have been selected! / - the Best wine in the world is Château Mouton-Rothschild 2018
WINERY NEWS Stony Hill / HEITZ CELLAR OWNER BUYS STONY HILL Gaylon Lawrence, the owner of Heitz, and Carlton McCoy MS, Hei  more ...
WINERY NEWS Domaine Leflaive / Legendary California winery Williams Selyem will hand over control to a French producer One of th  more ...
VINTAGE NEWS: 1985 / Bordeaux / The year 1985 was a tremendous vintage. Extremely cold winter followed by extremely   more ...
VINTAGE NEWS: 1945 / Tastingbook’s TOP 10 wines from 1947&1945 tasting  (66 wines tasted) 1. Chât  more ...
WINERY NEWS Château Mouton-Rothschild / Xu Bing illustrates the label of Château Mouton Rothschild 2018 Each year since 1945, a fam  more ...
TASTINGBOOK WINE NEWS Champagne Magazine's 100 Best Champagnes for 2021! / The world's only Champagne magazine and tastingbook.com select the World's Best Champagnes – The winner is Taittinger Comtes de Champagne 2008
VINTAGE NEWS: 1990 / 1982 versus 1990 Bordeaux When you receive an invitation to a comparative tasting of all Premier   more ...
WINERY NEWS Tyrrell's Wines / 2020 Vintage: A Statement from Bruce Tyrrell Tyrrell’s has made the decision to have a seve  more ...
TASTINGBOOK WINE NEWS BWW2020 received over 3 million votes! / The most voted wine is Penfolds Grange 2015
VINTAGE NEWS: 2010 / Vintage Reports by Château Latour and Lafite:  After a mild and rainy autumn 2009, r  more ...
TASTINGBOOK WINE NEWS MOST FAKED WINE / TOP 30 LIST

Wine Moments

Here you can see wine moments from tastingbook users. or to see wine moments from your world.
Incorrect Information
If you found some information that is wrong, let us know
Are you sure you want do delete this wine? All information will be lost.
Are you sure you want to recommend this wine?
Are you sure you want hide this written note ?
Are you sure you want show this written note ?

HOW TO USE TASTINGBOOK?

We recommend you to share few minutes for watching the following video instructions of how to use the Tastingbook. This can provide you a comprehensive understanding of all the features you can find from this unique service platform.

This video will help you get started



Taste wines with the Tastingbook


Create Your wine cellar on 'My Wines'



Explore Your tasted wines library



Administrate Your wine world in Your Profile



Type a message ...
Register to Tastingbook
Register now, it's fast, easy and totally free. No commitments, only enjoyments.
  Register