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Château Haut-Brion Blanc Cave de l'Elysée Pessac-Léognan 1990

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Berry Bros & Rudd review: Deep red colour with hints of tawny at the rim. Very expressive bouquet, typical Graves earthy, warm tobacco leaf and cigar box. On the palate a real kernel of sweetness on the mid-palate, lovely texture in the mouth, very well balanced, fresh, with a long, exemplary finish. Ready to drink now with great pleasure but not in any way tiring.

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Chateau Haut Brion:
Although by all accounts the vine has been rampant in these parts since at least Roman times, the earliest written mention that our archivist has discovered, citing a parcel of vines being cultivated at Haut-Brion dates back to only 1423. In the early days wines were known by the name of the parishes from whence they came. Later they became known as clarets. In the case of Haut-Brion, under t... Read more
Although by all accounts the vine has been rampant in these parts since at least Roman times, the earliest written mention that our archivist has discovered, citing a parcel of vines being cultivated at Haut-Brion dates back to only 1423. In the early days wines were known by the name of the parishes from whence they came. Later they became known as clarets. In the case of Haut-Brion, under the great stewardship of the Pontac family the wine's reputation was for years represented by the name of this enlightened and well respected family-- Pontac wine. Eventually as its renown grew, the name of the Estate came to replace that of its owners. The notion of a Great Growth was born! We find the first written mention of the wine in the Diaries of Samuel Pepys. While visiting the Royal Oak Tavern in London on April 10, 1663 Pepys wrote "There I drank a sort of French wine called Ho-Bryan (sic) which hath a good and most particular taste which I never before encountered....." Read less

Member Reviews for Château Haut-Brion Blanc Cave de l'Elysée Pessac-Léognan

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Snooth User: scruzer
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12/30/2010

I bought just one lonesome bottle of this 1990 la mission haut brion back when i first started accumulating fine wines in the early 1990s, and alas when i opened it, it had been consumed by the action of brettanomyces, hollowing out the body of the wine, and turning it into a sweaty horse blanket of funk. Still one could tell it was a fine wine, but alas this bottle (and likely much of the vintage) has been ravaged by the action of this nefarious yeast which adores new French oak and feeds on cellulose among other sugars. Big disappointment.Watch out!


External Reviews for Château Haut-Brion Blanc Cave de l'Elysée Pessac-Léognan

External Review
Source: SoDivin
05/06/2009

Cru Classé


External Review
Source: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
10/20/2010

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... Robert Parker's Wine Advocate. A Bordeaux Blend wine from Bordeaux in France. 1990 Haut Brion 750ml


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Source: WineGlobe.com
01/29/2009

Michael Jackson:Whisky Magazine Nose:Fragrant. Menthol. Markedly Vegetal. Vanilla pod. Creamy;Palate: Firmer. Much bigger. Much more expressive. Sweeter. Leafy sweetness. Spring greens. Crushed almonds. Rooty, cedary; Finish:Some peaty bitterness.


External Review
Source: SoDivin
07/10/2009

Cru ClassŽ


External Review
Source: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
11/14/2013

Much more linear and firm than the 1989. Full- to medium-bodied with firm tannins and a racy finish. A fine wine. 89/ 90 Bordeaux non-blind horizontal. Drink now. (JS) Wine Spectator.


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Source: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
11/14/2013

Racy and refined with firm silky tannins and a long finish. Full-bodied. Mushrooms and ripe fruit on the palate... Wine Spectator.


External Review
Source: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
01/16/2009

Much more linear and firm than the 1989. Full- to medium-bodied, with firm tannins and a racy finish. A fine wine. '89/'90 Bordeaux non-blind horizontal. Drink now. (JS) Wine Spectator. A Bordeaux Blend wine from Bordeaux in France. 1990 Mission Haut Brion, La 750ml


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Berry Bros & Rudd review: Deep red colour with hints of tawny at the rim. Very expressive bouquet, typical Graves earthy, warm tobacco leaf and cigar box. On the palate a real kernel of sweetness on the mid-palate, lovely texture in the mouth, very well balanced, fresh, with a long, exemplary finish. Ready to drink now with great pleasure but not in any way tiring.

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