1990 Haut-Brion, Pessac-Léognan
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
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. (RP)
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.
Gorgeous, lifted, nervy - just right for current drinking, though I'm sure it will last beautifully too. Absolutely unmistakably Haut-Brion with warm bricks in abundance. Not heavy. Tannins well melded. Quite a contrast to the youthful Latour 1990 served alongside. (18.5/20 points)
This gorgeous, voluptuous 1990 Haut-Brion was tasted alongside 1989 and the flavour profile of the 2 wines were very different. While the 1989 is more layered with exotic spices, the 1990 is rounder, with riper flavours and velvety tannins. For those who prefer a sweeter, rounder style, the 1990 may be their preferred vintage over the 1989. I appreciate both, however the 1989 has more complexity and depth. The 1990 is just reaching its peak and has a long life ahead. Tasted in: Tianjin, China. Maturity: Drink. (Jeannie Cho Lee, 02/2013)