For Bordeaux, 2009 and 2010 sit in our recent memory as two of the best 21st century vintages to date. It’s not unusual for greatness to come paired like this. 1899 and 1900 were two such vintages vying for the upper hand a century ago. 1928 and 1929 followed. As I got into wine in the 1990s, the pair in question was 1989 and 1990. I made a point in verticals I organised during the 2000s always to include an ’89 ’90 pair, and in 2009 organised a retrospective of the best of the ‘89s, confirming their status. In my view, while 1990 showed better during the 1990s and 2000s (because they were typically more open and soft, while the 1989s were closed and firm), as the 1989s opened up, they ultimately edged out into the lead.

Well, here we are in 2019, at the 30 year mark. This is the point in the evolution of even the best of Bordeaux vintages where true greatness shines, and any weaknesses become all the more evident. Over the past year we have quietly assembled the best selection we think possible for our task, entering the front runners from the key districts, including all the first growths, from both banks, not to mention Le Pin, etc. You get the idea!

Of course this is not an evening for lab coats and microscopes! This is an evening of shared exploration and fun, and not to mention a great dinner. We’ll get a good sense of the style and expression of the vintage overall, its quality, and from a region that has changed a great deal since 1989, the style of the wines being made back then. This is a good chance too for us to work out our own favourites for further drinking. This is Bordeaux, remember, with some exceptions, it’s still quite possible to buy and to drink well-stored 30-year-old examples of the best without necessarily selling a car, a company or a kidney.

Wines to be served:
1989 Krug, from magnum
1989 Château Laville Haut-Brion Blanc

1989 Château Petrus (WA100)
1989 Château Le Pin
1989 Château Ausone
1989 Château Lafleur
1989 Château Cheval Blanc
1989 Château Clinet (WA100)
1989 Château Haut-Brion (WA100)
1989 Château Lafite Rothschild
1989 Château Latour
1989 Château Margaux
1989 Château Mouton Rothschild
1989 La Mission Haut-Brion (WA100)

1989 Joh. Jos. Prüm Wehlener Sonnenuhr Beerenauslese

Dinner Menu

Chef Appetizer Selection 
(Roasted Goose Liver, Pork Belly, Mushroom 
Crispy Frog Legs, Ginger  
 Amber Jelly Fungus, Chinese Chive, Sesame Oil)


Braised Tofu, Bamboo Pith, Morel Mushroom


Wok-Fried Lobster, Termite Mushroom


Wok-Fried Chicken Fillet


Deep-Fried Spicy Beef, Nuts


Wok-Fried Lamb Loin, Bean Sprout, Fermented Bean Sauce


Chilled Mango Pudding

The Best of 1989 Bordeaux: 30 Years On Dinner
Wine Luncheons and Dinners
Date Saturday 28 September 2019
Time 19:00
Venue The Legacy House, Private Room, Rosewood Hotel (No. 18, Salisbury Rd, Tsim Sha Tsui)
Ticket HKD 14,800 per person
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Event wine list

Vintage Wine Bottle size Score
1989 Krug 1.5L -
1989 Château Laville Haut-Brion Blanc 750ml WA96
1989 Château Petrus 750ml WA100
1989 Château Le Pin 750ml WA96
1989 Château Ausone 750ml WA87
1989 Château Lafleur 750ml WA95
1989 Château Cheval Blanc 750ml WA89
1989 Château Clinet 750ml WA100
1989 Château Haut-Brion 750ml WA100
1989 Château Lafite Rothschild 750ml WA92
1989 Château Latour 750ml WA92
1989 Château Margaux 750ml WA90
1989 Château Mouton Rothschild 750ml WA93
1989 La Mission Haut-Brion 750ml WA100
1989 Joh. Jos. Prüm Wehlener Sonnenuhr Beerenauslese 750ml -

Wines available for sale

Vintage Wine Bottle Size Unit of sale Qty of unit Qty of btl Btl price (HKD) Score Location
1989 Weingut Joh. Jos. Prum - Wehlener Sonnenuhr Beerenauslese 375 Bottle 6 6 5,000 - HK
1989 Weingut Joh. Jos. Prum - Wehlener Sonnenuhr Beerenauslese 750 Bottle 4 4 9,500 - HK
1989 Weingut Joh. Jos. Prum - Wehlener Sonnenuhr Beerenauslese
375 ml Bottle HK HKD 5,000 / BTL 6 case available
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1989 Weingut Joh. Jos. Prum - Wehlener Sonnenuhr Beerenauslese
750 ml Bottle HK HKD 9,500 / BTL 4 case available
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