Intense notes of camphor and mint on the nose give way to a range of highly refined aromas reminiscent of cocoa, brown tobacco and humus.
On the palate, the texture builds on powerful, patrician tannins complemented by a lovely minty freshness and a very substantial body. Attractive minerality and fresh humus notes accompany the dense and flavourful finish.
Weather conditions in 1989 were exceptional, almost ideal. The winter, sunny and dry but as cold as the average over the last 28 years, enabled the vines to rest.
Spring was warm and humid, and the vegetation cycle begin around 8 April, eight days earlier than the average. Flowering took place evenly from 20 May to 7 June, 15 days sooner than the average and the earliest for 45 years.
A warm and dry June was followed by equally warm but wetter weather in July. August continued hot and sunny, but a few welcome stormy showers ensured that the vines were well watered. Veraison took place evenly across each variety and each parcel. Under these conditions, the 1989 harvest was the century’s earliest.
6 September for Merlot - 16 to 25 September for Cabernet
The wine is a dark ruby red with a slightly orange hue.
A classic Pauillac which shows how well this magnificent vintage is ageing.