Six of the best Bordeaux Left Bank Wines

By Gavin Smith

1. Chateau Haut Brion 1989

Average Score: 100pts.

"Consistently prodigious and almost a sure bet to top the scoring card of any blind tasting of this vintage as well as other years, the 1989 Haut-Brion is a seamless, majestic classic, and a tribute to this phenomenal terroir and its singular characteristics."

Robert Parker (100pts)

Amongst some of the best of Haut Brion's vintages: 2016, 2015, 2010, 2009, 2005.

2. Chateau La Mission Haut Brion 2016

Average Score: 97.14pts.

the smoothness and harmony that takes your breath away. Every atom is infused with life-affirming freshness"

Neal Martin (98-100pts)

Other La Mission Haut Brion's top vintages: 2009, 2005, 2000, 1989

3. Chateau Latour 2009

Average Score: 99pts.

"It's the quality of the tannins that are magic. It is the famous 1959 all over again. Amazing. Try in 2022."

James Suckling (100pts)

Latour's other vintages of note: 2016, 2010, 2009, 2005

4. Chateau Margaux 2015

Average Score: 98.5pts.

"Perfect Margaux... but it could be described as beautiful."

Jancis Robinson (19pts)

Margaux's top vintages: 1996, 1990, 2010, 2009, 2000, 2016, 2005

5. Chateau Lafite Rothschild 2010

Average Score: 98.38pts.

"It starts off slowly and then finishes with a bang. This is really layered and wonderful. It goes on and on."

James Suckling (100pts)

Lafite top vintages: 2018, 2017, 2016, 2010, 2003

6. Chateau Mouton Rothschild 2009

Average Score: 97.33pts.

"Warm and voluptuous wine. 88% Cabernet Sauvignon and 12% Merlot. Try in 2020."

James Suckling (98pts)

Other vintages: 2018, 2016, 2015, 2010

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