Haut Brion 1990

Graves, First Growth

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Tasting Notes

Light crimson. Minerally nose. Very classic Haut-Brion. No sign of age on the rim. Fragrant. Light and lifted and not as concentrated as the 1989 but very valiant. A good expression of both Haut-Brion's delicacy and 1990's richness. Attractively sweet and long but easy to overlook as it is fairly transparent in every way. Just lightly dusty tannins on the end.

Score: 18

Jancis Robinson MW, JancisRobinson.com Maturity: 2000-2020 25 November 2010

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)

Score: 98

Robert Parker, Wine Advocate, RobertParker.com Maturity: 2009-2024 30 June 2009

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.

Score: 98

Robert Parker, Wine Advocate, RobertParker.com Maturity: 2009-2024 30 June 2009

Tasted alongside the almighty La Mission ’89, the Haut-Brion ’90 is not to be outdone. It has a scintillating bouquet of blackberry, dark plum, warm gravel verging on terracotta aromas that are wonderfully defined. There is immense concentration on the palate that is controlled and supremely well focused with brambly black fruit, graphite, a cheeky saline notes towards the finish that fans out in inhibited fashion. This is utterly sublime and drinking perfectly now. Tasted November 2012.

Score: 98

Robert Parker, Wine Advocate, RobertParker.com Maturity: 2009-2024 01 June 2009

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.

Score: 96

Robert Parker, Wine Advocate, RobertParker.com Maturity: 2001-2022 28 February 1997

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.

Score: 96

Robert Parker, Wine Advocate, RobertParker.com Maturity: 2001-2022 01 February 1997

The 1990 is an outstanding effort. While it does not have the sheer weight or awesome richness of the 1989, it is filled with wonderfully sweet, roasted, spicy fruit, as well as enticing fatness and glycerin, all packaged in a medium to full-bodied format. The superb, fragrant bouquet of cassis, tobacco, new oak, and minerals already reveals great complexity. Despite the fact that the wine does not make as powerful an impact on the palate as the 1989, it is an exceptionally fine, archetypical Haut-Brion. More forward than the 1988, it most closely resembles a hypothetical blend of the 1985 and 1983. I have noticed that it improves and expands considerably with 60-70 minutes of airing.

Score: 94

Robert Parker, Wine Advocate, RobertParker.com Maturity: 1996-2010 01 August 1993

Racy and refined, with firm, silky tannins and a long finish. Full-bodied. Mushrooms and ripe fruit on the palate. Needs some bottle age to open. '89/'90 Bordeaux non-blind horizontal. Best after 2006.

Score: 94

James Suckling, Wine Spectator Maturity: 2006+ 28 February 2005