Two 20th Century Icons

Vivian Liang | December 1, 2020

Haut Brion– 1989 – La Mission Haut Brion
The 1989 Bordeaux vintage saw a warm and dry growing season, which led to one of the earliest harvests of the region. The wines are ripe, rich and succulent, with freshness and precision, and receive the highest praise. Along with 1982, this year is considered by many to be the finest in the 1980s and the second in a golden trio of great Bordeaux vintages of the decade. At the very top of the class in 1989 are the sibling Pessac estates of Haut Brion and La Mission Haut Brion. Not only are they both contenders for wine of the vintage, they are widely acknowledged as two of the finest wines ever crafted at the Chateaux and some of the greatest Bordeaux produced in the 20th century!   

With three decades in bottle, they are both hitting full maturity, with tannins, flavors and acidity dancing perfectly in harmony. It is almost impossible to describe the kaleidoscope of fruit that Haut Brion offers, which suggest it will only improve further. It shows astonishing intensity and density with layers of blackberry, licorice, spices and scents of wild mushrooms grown on the forest floor. La Mission in one word is seamless, with a wonderful texture of fruit, a wide spectrum of fragrances such as blueberry, truffles and graphite, all wrapped in a voluptuous texture. These siblings are truly once-in-a-life-time wines and I urge you to try them both, compare for yourself, and share your experiences with us, if you wish!