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La Mission Haut Brion Premier 1990

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Château La Mission Haut-brion:
When the wine is young, the initial sensation is its unctuousness, the softness of a very ripe grape, the freshness of aromas and at the same time the texture of very special tanins. These meld with a trace of mineral in the wine. It is as if the land was in the glass, comprising notes of roasted coffee beans, cocoa and tobacco. This delicate bitterness is somewhat reminiscent of crystallized c... Read more
When the wine is young, the initial sensation is its unctuousness, the softness of a very ripe grape, the freshness of aromas and at the same time the texture of very special tanins. These meld with a trace of mineral in the wine. It is as if the land was in the glass, comprising notes of roasted coffee beans, cocoa and tobacco. This delicate bitterness is somewhat reminiscent of crystallized cherry-stones seeped in spirit. It is certainly a penchant for revealing all its qualities at once that distinguishes the wines of La Mission and pleases a lot of tasters. It is also the consummate expression of the land of the Graves of Pessac. When maturing, this wine is still generous, openly proffering all its qualities. This hedonistic side is one of its most attractive particularities. Read less

Member Reviews for La Mission Haut Brion Premier

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Snooth User: scruzer
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2.00 5
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 La Mission Haut Brion Premier

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Source: SoDivin
05/06/2009

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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.


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Source: SoDivin
07/10/2009

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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


External Review
01/17/2009

Wine Advocate ReviewSurprisingly, the 1990 La Mission-Haut-Brion performed nearly as well as the 1989. Three of the tasters in the group of seven who participated in this blind tasting rated it higher than the 1989. I make this point because I think the 1990 is improving in the bottle, similar to the evolution of the 1990 Haut-Brion. The 1990 La Mission performed well-above my original score of 92. The wine is ostentatious, with a sweet, spicy, cedary, fruitcake, roasted black fruit-scented nose, admirable richness, a juicy, succulent, voluptuous texture, gobs of fruit and glycerin, low acidity, and a full-bodied, layered finish. This splendidly chewy, intense La Mission-Haut-Brion will come close to matching the quality of the legendary 1989. It will continue to drink well for another two decades.


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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.


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