1989 and 1990 Top Claret Pairs

18th Mar 2014 6:30pm to 8:30pm

Of fine back to back claret vintages, 1989 and 1990 is by some way the most seductive fully mature pair currently.  There is no real consensus as to which, if either, is 'better', it is very much a question of two different hot year styles. Many 1989's were more muscularly tannic in youth, whilst the 1990's were mostly relatively supple and delicious from early on. My 'general' view is that 1990 was always much more consistent, and accessible, but that the greatest wines will eventually (have) come from 1989. Of the four pairs we have here, the two La Conseillante have performed very closely, with the market, as distinct from the critics, awarding the palm to 1990. Léoville Poyferré's great 1990 always topped its 1989 over the first ten to fifteen years, but more recently the 1989 has also shown very well. Both the Pichon Barons have consistently tasted wonderful, and very close in quality, frequently surpassing Médoc First Growths. Similarly the two La Mission Haut Brion have regularly been in the top handful of 89 / 90 clarets for both bibbers and critics.

 

1989 & 1990 Ch. La Conseillante; Pomerol

 

1989 & 1990 Ch. Léoville Poyferré; St Julien

 

1989 & 1990 Ch. Pichon Baron; Pauillac

 

1989 & 1990 Ch. La Mission Haut Brion; Pessac Léognan

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8 Wines, plus Cheeses ...... £239

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