From the outstanding 1990 vintage and scoring 99/100 Parker points, "One of the hottest years in Bordeaux, 1990, a vintage of enormous yields, even dwarfing yields in '85 and '82, produced a fabulously open-knit, seemingly fast track La Mission that, at age 22, shows no signs of fading or losing its grip. The color is slightly more mature and evolved than the '89s, exhibiting a lighter rim and a less dark blue/ruby/purple hue. Classic La Mission-Haut-Brion aromatics of camphor, licorice, scorched earth, hot bricks, barbecue, cassis, blueberry and kirsch are well displayed. Broad, expansive, velvety-textured and opulent with high glycerin and perhaps slightly higher alcohol (I dont have the statistics to verify that), the 1990 is as delicious and open-knit as the '89, with less density and possibly less potential longevity. Most 1990s have been quick to reach full maturity, and as brilliant as they can be, they need to be monitored carefully by owners. Currently in late adolescence, but close to full maturity, the 1990 should hold in a cold cellar for another 15-20 years. However, it is a fabulous wine to inspect, taste and consume, so why wait?". Drink now - 2027.
This vintage wine is shipped in a deluxe silk lined wooden presentation box with four wine accessories (corkscrew, wine pourer, drip stopper & wine thermometer) [worth £17.99]
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The 1990 vintage in Bordeaux was outstanding and started with a very mild winter, a cool spring and a warm May, leading to early flowering. July and August were the hot and dry and showers in September helped the grapes ripen. The weather produced an outstanding vintage in 1990 and the wines from all the regions In Bordeaux are fantastic with great ageing potential.
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