Château Haut-Brion 1989

Pessac-Léognan, Bordeaux, France

Château Haut-Brion 1989

Pessac-Léognan, Bordeaux, France



  • Bottle
  • Case of 6
  • Case of 12


Grape Varietes: Merlot 46%, Cabernet Sauvignon 40%, Cabernet Franc 14% Wine Style: Right Bank Bordeaux Winemaker: Jean-Philippe Delmas Optimum Drinking: 2019-2040 Reviewer Rating: 100 Reviewer: Robert Parker Code: 100464
Estate Notes

Château Haut-Brion's 1989 Bordeaux is one of Haut-Brion's finest ever wines, earning a 100 point rating from the Wine Spectator.

Château Haut-Brion's intensely aromatic, rich and concentrated wines are often viewed as some of the very best in the entire Bordeaux region, including its fellow first growths of the Médoc.

Haut-Brion is the least well-known of Bordeaux's first growths (and is the only château outside of the Médoc to be awarded growth status in the 1855 classification), and so it rarely achieves a higher price than its contemporaries, which is good news for astute buyers. But the real key to Haut-Brion's steadfast position amongst Bordeaux's elite has been the long, stable tenure of winemakers, particularly the legendary Jean-Bernard Delmas.


"The Haut-Brion ‘09 plays the idiot savant at first and deceptively seems to miss the complexity of its peers, then voila! It opens gloriously with blackberry, wild hedgerow and crushed stone. The palate is full-bodied with an opulent rounded entry. It is slightly low in acidity, making this forward and approachable. But it remains beautifully balanced with a sumptuous finish to die for."

"This enormous young wine is among the most backward of the vintage at this early stage, with iron-clad grip holding the broad, deep core of blackberry, cassis and roasted fig notes in check for now. The finish is a torrent of dense, almost compressed layers of tobacco leaf, hot paving stone, singed bay leaf and tar that will take at least a decade to massage together fully." Wine Spectator