1990s Bordeaux: The Top Wines

Nicholas Jackson | November 2018 

Drinking Bordeaux from the 1990s offers huge pleasure today. The youngest are twenty years old, and almost all wines at classed growth level are ready to enjoy today. And if you enjoy a combination of vibrant fruit with tertiary, developed notes, many of them are at their peak. 

We are pleased to offer an excellent range of some of the best propperties in the region from 1990 to 1998. You can view all 1990s Bordeaux here or view the list below for my highlights. 

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1995
Cheval Blanc, Saint Emilion
Bordeaux: Saint Emilion: 1ER GRAND CRU A
In Stock (12 Available)

packaged in original wooden case

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93
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95

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1990
Clerc Milon, Pauillac
Bordeaux: Pauillac: 5TH GROWTH
LIMITED In Stock (1 Available)
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90
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87

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1998
Evangile, Pomerol
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97
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92

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1998
Figeac, Saint Emilion
Bordeaux: Saint Emilion: 1ER GRAND CRU B
In Stock (4 Available)
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91
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90

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1996
Gruaud Larose, Saint Julien
In Stock (4 Available) SEE MORE SIZES
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90
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89

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1995
Haut Bailly, Pessac-Leognan
In Stock (15 Available)
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93
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92
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90

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1998
Haut Bailly, Pessac-Leognan
In Stock (24+) SEE MORE SIZES
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94
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88

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1995
Haut Brion, Pessac-Leognan
In Stock (17 Available)

Serena Sutcliffe, MW: Innate breed, intense perfume and absolute First Growth impact on the nose. Terrifically luscious in the mouth and so full of black fruit depth. A simply marvellous wine, silky and magnificent. Hedonistic heaven. Another bottle was all spice box, liquorice and cigars - tremendous. Then, at 18 years old, in Cambridge for the 350th anniversary of Pepys mentioning Haut Brion in his diary, still young and vibrant, with an incredibly spicy, peaty nose. Roses, smoke and sandalwood. Smouldering richness and concentration. This could go for 50 years. 05/13

Jamie Ritchie: Drinking superbly right now. Savory, spicy and supple. Tobacco. Great richness and length, balanced by lovely acidity. Very good. 01/14

Representative blend: 45% Merlot, 44% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Cabernet Franc, 1% Petit Verdot. The second wine is Clarence de Haut Brion (previously Bahans Haut Brion).

Haut Brion is sited across the road from its sister property, La Mission Haut Brion. Both are within the southern suburbs of the city of Bordeaux, and surrounded by development on all sides. It is in part this very specific (and quite warm) microclimate which gives Haut Brion its unique taste - Havana tobacco, earth and spice. It can also be the most velvety and seductive of all the first growths, and to some extent remains underappreciated for its myriad subtleties and beauties.

Haut Brion has been owned by the American Clarence Dillon family since the 1930s.

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95
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96

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1995
Lynch Bages, Pauillac
Bordeaux: Pauillac: 5TH GROWTH
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91
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91

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1990
Margaux, Margaux
Bordeaux: Margaux: 1ST GROWTH
LIMITED In Stock (3 Available)

Representative blend: 75% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Merlot, 5% Petit Verdot and Cabernet Franc

Annual production: 29,000 cases of Grand Vin and Pavillon Rouge (the second label) and around 3000 cases of Pavillon Blanc, a 100% Sauvignon Blanc

One of the most hallowed names in wine, Margaux has an allure to it which has proved irresistible to drinkers for centuries. Sited on arguably the most perfect terroir for Cabernet Sauvignon in Bordeaux, the sheer first growth nobility of the property comes across on the nose every time: a perfume of stunning complexity and beauty. The neo-classical building, perhaps the definitive image of Bordeaux to outsiders, also helps the cause. But ultimately, this is wine lovers` wine, exemplary year by year and just more beautiful with age. Under winemaker Paul Pontallier and the ownership of the Mentzelopoulos family since the late 1970s, the property has gone from strength to strength.

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1998
Mission Haut Brion, Pessac-Leognan
In Stock (17 Available) SEE MORE SIZES

Serena Sutcliffe, MW: In 2011, a great cigary nose of huge, deep intensity – monumental La Mission and a classic of the genre. A fantastic burst of flavour on the palate – leather and tobacco. Tremendous nostalgia here for great La Missions of history – this wine is in this vein. It will keep for half a century at least. The giant structure is matched by the massive fruit and the aromatic spices at the end are fascinating. 05/13

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96
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98

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1995
Mouton Rothschild, Pauillac
Bordeaux: Pauillac: 1ST GROWTH
In Stock (24+)

Label artist: Antoni Tapies

Representative blend: 85% Cabernet Sauvignon, 8% Merlot, 7% Cabernet Franc

Annual production: 17,000 cases and 3,000 cases of the second wine, Petit Mouton. There is also a small amount of white produced: Aile d`Argent.

The only wine ever to have moved up the 1855 classification - from second to first growth in 1973 - `Mouton`, as it is universally known, is a profoundly unique wine in Bordeaux. While the vineyards lie adjacent to those of Lafite, the wine could scarcely be more different. Mouton has a unique nose of spice, cedarwood and cassis and always has greater weight than Lafite. Since the Second World War, Mouton`s singularity has only been enhanced by its artists labels - a different artist for each vintage. This makes it a particular favourite of collectors.

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93
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94
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95

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1993
Mouton Rothschild, Pauillac (Balthus label)
Bordeaux: Pauillac: 1ST GROWTH
In Stock (21 Available)

Label artist: Balthus

Representative blend: 85% Cabernet Sauvignon, 8% Merlot, 7% Cabernet Franc

Annual production: 17,000 cases and 3,000 cases of the second wine, Petit Mouton. There is also a small amount of white produced: Aile d`Argent.

The only wine ever to have moved up the 1855 classification - from second to first growth in 1973 - `Mouton`, as it is universally known, is a profoundly unique wine in Bordeaux. While the vineyards lie adjacent to those of Lafite, the wine could scarcely be more different. Mouton has a unique nose of spice, cedarwood and cassis and always has greater weight than Lafite. Since the Second World War, Mouton`s singularity has only been enhanced by its artists labels - a different artist for each vintage. This makes it a particular favourite of collectors.

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90
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90

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1990
Pichon Baron, Pauillac
Bordeaux: Pauillac: 2ND GROWTH
In Stock (14 Available)
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94
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97

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1995
Pichon Lalande, Pauillac
Bordeaux: Pauillac: 2ND GROWTH
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94
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96

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