1990 Haut-Bailly, Pessac-Léognan

SKU #951500 93 points Wine Spectator

 Serious wine. Dark ruby color, with blackberry, earth and truffle character. Full-bodied and very polished, with fine tannins and a long, rich, fruity finish. I underrated this years ago. (JS)  (8/2000)

92 points John Gilman

 The 1990 Haut Bailly is an excellent example of the vintage, but at the present time the wine remains still quite closed and in need of a few more years in the cellar to really reach its zenith. The nose is already offering up a lovely nose of cassis, dark berries, Cuban cigar smoke, gravel, fresh herbs and a touch of blood orange in the upper register. On the palate the wine is deep, full-bodied and just beginning to blossom, with a lovely core of fruit, perfect focus, seamless balance, still a bit of ripe tannin to resolve and excellent length and grip on the very classy finish. (Drink between 2015-2045)  (7/2012)

90 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The complex 1990 offers up subtle yet persistent aromas of red currants, tobacco leaf, spice box, and smoke. This medium-bodied, fully mature wine exhibits sweetness as well as lushness, and is capable of lasting another decade. (RP)  (6/2009)

Jancis Robinson

 Much fresher than many 1990s with polish and a minerally edge. Racy and very fresh. Refined. A really good 1990! Long and complex. 18/20  (3/2017)

Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Modestly saturated medium color. Minerally. blackcurrant aromas with notes or brick, leather and cigar ash. Lovely, subtle flavor, but wrapped tight by sound acids; not yet showing its richness. Finishes quite firm. This would appear to have good aging potential and may be a sleeper. (ST)  (11/1993)

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By: Steve Bearden | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 12/29/2018 | Send Email
The only way to get this taste experience is through a perfectly stored, mature bottle from a great vintage and a fantastic producer-there is simply no other way to replicate it. This wine hits all those parameters and more. This is long, gentle, elegant and wonderfully dry with hints of ceder and leather to go with the burnished dark fruit flavors and smoke tinged mineral on the fine finish. A sophisticated wine for discerning connoisseurs.

By: Clyde Beffa Jr. | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 10/12/2018 | Send Email
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This wine is right there with their magnificent 1989. Dark ruby color, with blackberry aromas. Full-bodied and very polished, with fine tannins and a long, rich, fruity finish. This wine can be enjoyed tonight with one hour decanting and a prime rib roast. Plenty of cellar life ahead for that 30 year birthday in 2020.
Drink from 2018 to 2028

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Cabernet Sauvignon and Blends

- Cabernet Sauvignon has come a long way from its role as a blending varietal, however dominant, in the wines of Bordeaux. Today it is the most planted red varietal in the world. Identified as a descendent of Cabernet Franc and Sauvignon Blanc, the late-ripening Cabernet Sauvignon needs to be planted in warmer climates to fully ripen. Its small berries can easily be identified for their distinctive blue color, thick skins and high tannins. And while the varietal has its own definitive characteristics: green pepper-like aromas and black currant flavors among them, it is perhaps most prized for its ability to convey terroir, vintage and winemaking. A relatively new varietal, Cabernet Sauvignon started making inroads into the wines of the M├ędoc and Graves in the late-18th century. Today it is also dominant in the up-and-coming Entre-Deux-Mers region of Bordeaux and can also be found in Southwest France. It is the companion varietal to Sangiovese in Italy's Super Tuscans and is planted all over Europe, stretching to lesser-known winegrowing regions like Russia and Lebanon. In the Americas Cabernet Sauvignon has found champions in every nook and cranny of California and among winemakers in Washington, where it complements plantings of Merlot. In South America, Cab thrives in Chile, but can also be found in smaller amounts in Argentina and even in Mexico.


- When it comes to wine, France stands alone. No other country can beat it in terms of quality and diversity. And while many of its Region, Bordeaux, Burgundy and Champagne most obviously, produce wine as rare, as sought-after and nearly as expensive as gold, there are just as many obscurities and values to be had from little known appellations throughout the country. To learn everything there is to know about French wine would take a lifetime. To understand and appreciate French wine, one only has to begin tasting them.


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- Graves is the large red and white wine region located to the southeast of the city of Bordeaux along the Garonne River. Cabernet Sauvignon dominates the red wines from the area, while the whites are mixtures of Sauvignon Blanc and Semillon. The most important area within the Graves is the village of Pessac-Leognan. Most of the great chateaux, including Haut Brion, a premier cru and the only wine outside of the Medoc to be included in the 1855 Classification, are located in this small appellation. Graves derives its name from the rocky, stony terrain of the region. Many people believe that the stony soil radiates the day's heat at night and thus makes the grapes ripen earlier than the other regions in Bordeaux.