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Jan 1, 2007 02:36 PM

1989 Chateau Haut Brion

I have never had a bottle of wine this old before. We opened it last night and wanted a ballpark figure of price on it. Red Bordeaux, outstanding and smooth. Does anyone have any info?

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  1. $1,200, I hope it was worth it.

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    1. re: TonyO

      Actually $750-900 is more like it.

      1. re: TonyO

        Actually, $750-900 is more like it.

      2. It was a gift from a client. You think the case he bought at the time was less than one bottle is worth now? What is your reference source for pricing? Is there anything else that would be interesting to know about this wine?

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        1. re: personalcheffie

          That is (or should be) ONE special client. I'd add a few additonal amuse bouches to the next meal, or whatever.

          Do share your observations with the client, re the wine. They will greatly appreciate your joy.


          1. re: Bill Hunt

            His assistant called me last nite about heating instructions. I asked her if his whole collection was like this, she said yes. He's very generous, although I did not name the wine, she had an idea which one it was. He apparently has many different ones. I told her one day I'd like to see his collection.

        2. I would go online and do a search. 1989 was a stellar year for Bordeaux. I'm not sure of the original cost for a case but I'm sure there are other CH'ers that are ! Give it time, I'm sure they will chime in on this one.

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          1. re: TonyO

            I paid $60/bottle as a futures purchase - sold it a few years later (only because I really needed the money) for $400/bottle. It was thought of as the best 1989 upon release. The couple of times I had it did nothing to dispel me of that notion.

          2. 1989 Haut Brion ... hmm, just to be sure: can you please confirm which one of these? (It should be easy by reading carefully what's on the label)

            La Mission Haut Brion
            Haut Brion
            Haut Brion Blanc
            La Tour Haut-Brion
            Les Carmes Haut Brion
            Larrivet Haut Brion

            1. Right under the pix of the Chateau, here's what the entire label reads:

              Chateau Haut Brion
              Cru Classe de Graves
              Premier Grand Cru Classe en 1855
              Appellation Pessac Leognan Controlee