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Chateau Haut Brion Graves, Pessac Leognan, First Growth, Bordeaux wine producer profile, with wine tasting notes, wine ratings, a history of the property, information on wine making and terroir, along with wine tasting reviews. If you want to read about other important, Bordeaux Chateaux: Links to all Bordeaux Wine Producer Profiles

Chateau Haut-Brion has one of the longest and most interesting histories of any Bordeaux wine chateau. The property derives its name from an ancient Celtic term “Briga.” Loosely translated, this means a rise or mount in the land. This unique terroir was prized for growing grapes to produce Bordeaux wine close to 600 years ago!

Documents are available showing that Johanna Faure grew vines at Haut Mont near Haut-Brion. These ancient records are dated September 6, 1426! This was for a local chapel that was founded in Bordeaux by the Menuts Monks to remember the recently deceased Johan d’Artiguemale. This makes Haut Brion the oldest, continuously working winery in Bordeaux.

A little more than a century later, April 23, 1525 to be exact, Jeanne de Bellon, the daughter of the Mayor of Libourne was to be married. Like many wealthy women of the time, she came with dowry. This dowry consisted of Bordeaux wine property from Pessac Leognan called Haut Brion. Once the couple was married, her husband, Jean de Pontac bought the mansion of Haut-Brion from Jean Duhalde in 1533, for the sum of 2,650 Tournois pounds. This was the official birth of one of the most famous Bordeaux wine estates, Château Haut-Brion. 16 years later, in 1549, Jean de Pontac began constructing a new and much more imposing chateau on the gounds of what would become Chateau Haut Brion.

Moving forward about one hundred years, official records for the wine cellar ledger of English king Charles II state, in 1660 and 1661, at least 169 bottles of the wine of Hobriono were poured for royal guests.

The first reference to the wine of Chateau Haut Brion is now considered the first official review of any wine was of Chateau Haut Brion. April 10, 1663 Samuel Pepys (The Robert Parker of his day) wrote the following tasting note after tasting the Bordeaux wine at London’s Royal Oak Tavern, “There I drank a sort of French wine called Ho-Bryan that hath a good and most particular taste I never met with.” On that day Chateau Haut Brion entered the history books as being the world’s first wine to have a professional review. In 1666, the owner of Chateau Haut Brion opened a tavern in England for the express purpose of selling and promoting their wines. They were the first Bordeaux chateau to being promoting outside of their appellation. Haut Brion deserves credit for being first in many things we take for granted today. For example, Chateau Haut Brion was the firsr Bordeaux chateau producing, truly age worthy wine. They did this by introducing longer periods of aging in barrel, as well as being aming the first to continuously add wine to top off the barrels, reducing the amount of oxygen exposure. They were also among the first estates to take the wine off its lees and do pumpovers.

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Thomas Jefferson, the third President of the United States traveled to Bordeaux in 1787 as America’s French ambassador. Thomas Jefferson was quite familiar with the quality of wines from Bordeaux. Thomas Jefferson was received at Chateau Haut Brion on May 25, 1787. After his visit, Jefferson wrote, “The soil of Haut-Brion, which I examined in great detail, is made up of sand, in which there is near as much round gravel or small stone and a very little loam like the soils of the Medoc. In the category of red wines,” he wrote, “there are four vineyards of prime quality:

1. Château Margaux, belonging to the Marquis d’Argicourt, who produces around 150 barrels that were sold by contract to a merchant named Jernon.

2. La Tour Ségur, (Chateau Latour ) in Saint-Lambert, belonging to Mister de Miromesnil, who produces 125 barrels.

3. Haut-Brion, two-thirds of which belong to the Count de Fumel who sold the harvest to a merchant called Barton. The other third belongs to the Count of Toulouse; in all, the château produces 75 barrels.

4. Château de la Fite, Chateau Lafite Rothschild) belonging to President Pichard of Bordeaux, which produces 175 barrels”.

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Thomas Jefferson, the eventual President of the United States, had already discovered the four best Bordeaux wines of the day.Similar to what would take place in the official Classification, Jefferson created his own list of what would become First Growths and interestingly, it was exactly the same a the list drawn up almost 75 years later with the official 1855 classification.

Chateau Haut-Brion sold to Charles-Maurice de Talleyrand-Périgord, Prince of Benevento in 1801. Talleyrand did not stay at Haut-Brion often, preferring to spend time on his duties as Minister of Foreign Affairs to Emperor Napoleon I. In 1836, once again, Chateau Haut Brion was sold, only this time it was an auction. The buyer was a banker from Paris, Joseph-Eugène Larrieu. At this time, the Bordeaux wine of Chateau Haut-Brion wine was widely sold in the United States. New Orleans, with its French influence was a popular market for the wine of Chateau Haut Brion.

A great piece of history regarding the Bordeaux wine trade in the 19th century is contained in a letter dated April 6, 1850, written to Joseph-Eugène Larrieu from a Mr. Loreilhe. Loreihle was an American wine merchant. In the letter he complained that he did not receive enough cases of Chateau Haut Brion to satisfy his customers from last year. The letter adds comments that even at that time, the Bordeaux wine of Chateau Haut-Brion was packaged with the greatest of care, “labels and capsules bearing your name, which is also branded onto the cork as well as a glass seal on the bottle’s neck”. Interestingly, labels of 1850 Haut Brion survive that show at least a portion of the production was bottled by the chateau. This could make Chateau Haut Brion the first major Bordeaux estate to bottle their own wine.

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In 1855, Chateau Haut Brion was awarded Premier Grand Cru status. Chateau Haut Brion is the only 1855 First Growth wine not located in the Medoc. In fact, Chateau Haut Brion is the only Bordeaux chateaux not located in the Medoc. That is how special the wines of Chateau Haut Brion were considered. Only Lafite, Latour and Margaux were considered in the same class. Mouton did not become a First Growth until 1973. Amédée Larrieu, son of Joseph-Eugène, took over the management of the property starting in 1859. The property remained in the Larrieu family until 1922.

1935 began a new era for Chateau Haut-Brion. In this period of crisis, the mood was one of astonishment when one of New York’s major financiers, Clarence Dillon, declared his interest in a French vineyard, buying it on the 13th of May 1935. In 1979 at the age of 96, Dillon passed away. He was almost the same age as the founder of Haut Brion, Jean de Pontac. In 1953, his son, C. Douglas Dillon, was appointed ambassador of the United States in Paris during General Eisenhower’s presidency. He went on to become Undersecretary of State for Economic Affairs, then served as Secretary of the Treasury for John F. Kennedy. At the end of his tenure in Paris, his daughter, Joan, remained in France. In 1967, Joan Dillon married His Royal Highness Prince Charles of Luxembourg, Prince of Nassau, Prince of Bourbon-Parme and a direct descendant of Henri IV. In 1975, the Princess, Clarence Dillon’s grand-daughter, succeeded her cousin Seymour Weller as the head of the chateau.

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After the death of Prince Charles of Luxembourg, in 1978 Princess Joan married the Duke de Mouchy. The Duke de Mouchy joined the Management of Domaine Clarence Dillon alongside the Duchess, before retiring in 2003. Today, the continuity and presence of the Dillon family are ensured, for the next generation, by Prince Robert of Luxembourg who took over managing all the properties of Haut Brion in 2008.

The 48 hectare vineyard of Chateau Haut Brion has a terroir of deep gravel over clay and sand with a wide variety of minerals and quartz in the soils. On average, the vines are 36 years of age. However, they have old vines that are close to 90 years of age in some blocks. For the red wine of Chateau Haut Brion, the vineyard is planted to 48.7% Merlot, 39.6% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10.7% Cabernet Franc and 1% Petit Verdot. This shows a small increase of Merlot in the vines. The vineyard is planted to a vineyard density that ranges from 8,000 to 10,000 vines per hectare. The vines are pruned using the double Guyot method. At Chateau Haut Brion, since 1970, they have maintained a clonal massal program to ensure the quality, individuality and uniqueness of their vines. The vineyards are planted with 12 clones per parcel.

2.9 hectares of vines have been reserved for the planting of white Bordeau wine varietals. For the production of Chateau Haut Brion Blanc, the vineyard is planted to 51.5% Semillon and 48.5% Sauvignon Blanc Although there is a small quantity of Sauvignon Gris planted in the vineyard as well. This shows a marked increase in the amount of Sauvignon Blanc in the vineyard. For the white wine grapes of Haut Brion, the vines are planted in a terroir that is gravel over clay soils. In 1977, close to 65% of the vineyard was replanted. Today, the average age of the white wine varietals at Haut Brion are close to 30 year of age. Very little Haut Brion Blanc is produced each year. The production for Haut Brion Blanc has always been historically small. In fact, when the wines of Graves were classified, Haut Brion requested their white wine be removed from the classification. Today, on average, close to 600 cases of Haut Brion Blanc are produced each year.

To produce the red wine of Chateau Haut Brion, vinification takes place in unique, double skinned, stainless steel vats. Interestingly, Chateau Haut Brion was one of the first Bordeaux chateau to begin using stainless steel for vinification. This took place in 1961. The double skinned, stainless steel vats were first introduced at Chateau Haut Brion in 1991. The wine is aged in up to 100% new, French oak for as long as 24 months, depending on the strength and character of the vintage. As much as 70% of the barrels used by Haut Brion are produced at their own onsite cooperage. They do this in cooperation with the Seguin Moreau company.

The blending for Chateau Haut Brion takes place shortly after Malolactic fermentaion is finished and before the aging process in barrel has started. This is because the property feels it’s better to blend the wines before the influence of the wood begins to be felt in the wine.

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Chateau Haut Brion also produces one of the world’s great white wines. It is without peer for a white Bordeaux wine in quality and price. In fact, Haut Brion Blanc is one of the world’s most expensive, dry, white wines. There is a second white wine, La Clarte du Haut Brion Blanc. The second white wine was previously known as Les Plantiers du Haut Brion. La Clarte du Haut Brion Blanc is a combination of white grapes from both Haut Brion and La Mission Haut Brion, and thus is the second white wine for both estates.

For the production of Chateau Haut Brion Blanc, the grapes are harvested in the pre dawn hours. According to Delmas, the cool and often cold night air helps maintain the deseried levels of freshness in the fruit and also slows down oxidation.

After intense sorting, the grapes are pressed using a pneumatic press. There is no contact with the skins. The wines are barrel fermented in 100% new, french oak barrels from Allier. There is no malolactic fermentation and interestingly, there is almost never any stirring of the lees. The white wine is aged in 100% new, French oak barrels for an average of 13-16 months, depending on the vintage and its characteristics.

There is a second red wine, wine, Le Clarence de Haut Brion, which was previously labeled as Bahans Haut Brion. The name was changed to celebrate the 75th anniversary of the Dillon families purchase of Chateau Haut Brion. Production of Chateau Haut Brion averages between 8,000 to 10,000 cases per year. In September, 2012, the property added to their holdings with the purchase of 1.3 hectares of vines when they purchased the holdings of Domaine Allray Haut Brion, which was located inside the vineyards of Haut Brion.

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Chateau Haut Brion and Chateau La Mission Haut Brion are currently managed by Jean-Philippe Delmas. Jean-Philippe Delmas is also in change of Quintus in St. Emilion. Jean Philippe Delmas is the second generation of Delmas to take care of La Mission Haut Brion and the third generation of Delmas to manage Haut Brion, where he followed in the footsteps of his well-known father, Jean-Bernard Delmas and his father before him. The history of Haut Brion and the Delmas family are intertwined for almost 100 years. After working at Chateau Cos d’Estournel, Geroges Delmas became the director of Haut Brion in 1921. Georges Delmas remained in that position until he was replaced by his son, Jean-Bernard Delmas in 1961. It was under the direction of Jean-Bernard Delmas that Haut Brion began using their uniquely shaped, trademarked bottle, which made its debut in 1960, with the 1958 vintage. Jean Bernard Delmas was also responsible for being one of the first estates in Bordeaux to begin vinifying their wine in temperature controlled, stainless steel vats. This was a major change and positive move away from large wood fermenters or cement tanks. Jean Bernard Delmas was replaced by his son, Jean Philippe Delmas in 2003.

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Over the years, things have changed for the better at Chateau Haut Brion. The trend to produce less of the Grand Vin of Chateau Haut Brion by lowering yields, reducing production through severe sorting’s in the vineyards and cellars, placing more wine into the second wine of Chateau Haut Brion and selling a larger percentage off in bulk has one the one hand, greatly reduced the quantity of Chateau Haut Brion to consumers. The results of this trend allow Chateau Haut Brion to produce some of the best wines in the history of the chateau. On the other hand, have prices have escalated to very high levels, as so little wine is being produced these days.

To give you an idea on the changes in production at Chateau Haut Brion, this chart gives you a vivid illustration of the changes in production numbers over the past decades.

1982 – 21,600 cases

1989 – 17.093 cases

1990 – 18,088 cases

2009 – 11,000 cases

2010 – 8,094 cases

Haut Brion is in a class by itself. There is no other Bordeaux wine like it. The complex aromatics with all the earthy, tar, leather, smoke, truffle, cassis and spice are unique to Haut Brion. This is an incredibly, refined, elegant style of wine, that is never heavy or out of balance, There is a purity of fruit found in this stylish Bordeaux wine that is unique to Haut Brion. Compared to the other First Growths, it will usually be ready to drink at a younger age. But that does not mean it doesn’t age as well. Far from it. In fact, for example well stored bottles from 1928, 1929 and 1945 all offer compelling tasting experiences today. Life is too short not to drink Haut Brion as often as possible.

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Wine Tasting Notes

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  1. 2013 Le Clarence de Haut-Brion

    1. Medium bodied with fresh red berries and an open, spicy character, this wine will be best enjoyed on the young side. 87-89 Pts

      88 points - Tasted
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  2. 2013 Château Haut-Brion La Clarte de Haut-Brion Blanc

    1. Blending 61% Semillon with 39% Sauvignon Blanc produced a wine with citrus, grapefruit and lemon notes and ripe, fresh character. 90-92 Pts

      91 points - Tasted
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  3. 2013 Château Haut-Brion Blanc

    1. With 66% Sauvignon Blanc and 34% Semillon, the wine explodes with grapefruit, honeysuckle, honeyed lemon rind, nut, floral and mineral elements in the perfume. In the mouth, the wine is dense, balanced, long and sweet with a finish that carries through from start to finish. Obscenely expensive, but if you have the money, this is a tremendous wine. 97-98 Pts

      98 points - Tasted
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  4. 2013 Château Haut-Brion

    1. With a deep ruby color, the wine opens with a smoky, tobacco, earth, cassis and blackberry nose. Elegant, silky tannins, fresh cherry and cassis are on the palate and carry through to the finish. Blending 50% Merlot, 45.5% Cabernet Sauvignon, and 4.5% Cabernet Franc, the wine reached 13.1% alcohol with a pH of 3.6. From yields of 26.7 hectoliters per hectare, which represents 45% of the crop. Very little Cabernet Franc was added to the blend in 2013 because of the massive amount of rain 24 hours prior to picking. 92-94 Pts

      92 points - Tasted
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  5. 2012 Château Haut-Brion La Clarte de Haut-Brion Blanc

    1. Honeydew, flowers, orange, and lemon wax open to fresh citrus, toast and nuts with an open, fresh personality. 91-93 Pts

      92 points - Tasted
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  6. 2012 Château Haut-Brion Blanc

    1. Honey, beeswax, Midori sour, lemon wax, flowers, spice and fresh Meyer lemons create a complex perfume. Full-bodied, rich and intense, the wine is incredibly, fresh, lively and mouth filling, finishing with serious intensity of flavors. 95-97 Pts

      96 points - Tasted
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  7. 2012 Château Haut-Brion

    1. Deep ruby in color, the wine offers tar, smoke, boysenberry, chocolate, cherry liqueur, smoke and earthy notes. Powerful, rich, concentrated and packed with layers of dense, dark, deep, fresh and pure blackberry, boysenberry and cassis, the wine really makes an impression with its long, expansive, polished, refined finish. This is no wallflower of a wine. Produced from a blend of 65% Merlot, 33% Cabernet Sauvignon and 2% Cabernet Franc, 2012 is perhaps the smallest amount of Cabernet Franc coupled with the highest percentage of Merlot used for Haut Brion. This wine demands and gets attention. 95-98 Pts

      96 points - Tasted
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  8. 2012 Le Clarence de Haut-Brion

    1. With smoky red and dark berries, this wine has medium body with a short and sweet finish. 89-91 Pts

      90 points - Tasted
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  9. 2011 Château Haut-Brion

    1. Smoky dark, red fruits, tobacco, flowers, espresso and caramel scents create the perfume. Refined in style, the wine has soft tannins and a liberal dose of cherry griotte in the elegant finish. Having tasted some lighter vintages of Haut Brion over the past few days, this should develop nicely with 5-10 years of age.

      94 points - Tasted
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    2. From a blend of 46.3% Cabernet Sauvignon, 34.8% Merlot and 18.9% Cabernet Franc, the wine reached13.3% alcohol. With a beautiful ruby hue, the wine offers espresso, burnt earth, boysenberry, floral, cassis and truffle. This polished, classic, fresh, sweet, ripe, cassis loaded wine has the tannins to age and will require time. 94-95 Pts

      95 points - Tasted
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  10. 2011 Château Haut-Brion La Clarte de Haut-Brion Blanc

    1. Grapefruit, cantaloupe and honeysuckle aromas open to a medium/full bodied, sweet citrus peel character that will drink well young, as well as offer aging possibilities.

      91 points - Tasted
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    2. La Clarte de Haut Brion is now the second wine from Haut Brion Blanc and La Mission Haut Brion Blanc. Blending 78% Semillon and 22% Sauvignon Blanc with 13.8% alcohol produced a wine that is fresh, bright and filled with grapefruit and vanilla with a long, zesty lemon wax finish. 90-92 Pts

      91 points - Tasted
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  11. 2011 Château Haut-Brion Blanc

    1. Powerful scents of pineapple, honeysuckle, stone and fresh lemon move to a plush, silky, sweet, mouth coating sensation of lemon velvet frehsness that lingers and expands.

      97 points - Tasted
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    2. Blending 57.9% Semillon and 42.1% Sauvignon Blanc, produced a wine that reached 14.4% alcohol and will be aged in 50% new oak. – Wake up in the morning, grab a plate of ripe citrus and start squeezing grapefruit, lemon, lime and tangerine. Pick fresh flowers, pour it over rocks, add honey and a hint of ginger and you have the perfume. Pack a magnum of wine into a single bottle to obtain incredible viscosity and concentration which gives you the feel. Taste this elixir and allow it to explode in your mouth for well over 60 seconds for the finish! 97-99 Pts

      98 points - Tasted
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  12. 2011 Le Clarence de Haut-Brion

    1. Caramel overtones with tobacco and sweet cherry, leaves you with a soft, easy to drink, red berry dominated wine with a finesse character.

      89 points - Tasted
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    2. From an assemblage of 71.5% Merlot, 22.8% Cabernet Sauvignon, 4.5% Cabernet franc and 1.2% Petit Verdot, this wine features a kiss of oak with earth, smoky black cherry, spice and soft textures. This polished, easy-to-like Pessac Leognan has a red berry finish will drink well young. 88-90 Pts

      89 points - Tasted
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  13. 2010 Le Clarence de Haut-Brion

    1. Cedar wood, forest, cassis and espresso scents open to a fleshy, soft, refined, concentrated wine with real personality that finishes with polished red berries, freshness and spice.

      92 points - Tasted
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    2. Le Clarence de Haut Brion With 52% Merlot 36% Cabernet Sauvignon, 2% Petit Verdot in the blend, the wine opens with smoke, oak, boysenberry, cassis and earthy tones. Soft cassis, flavors and a long finish make this a strong, surprisingly fresh and ample effort for a second wine. 91-93 Pts

      92 points - Tasted
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  14. 2010 Château Haut-Brion Blanc

    1. 2010 Haut Brion Blanc – With its green tinted, straw color, waves of sweet, refined, lemon, pineapple, grapefruit rind and citrus oil coats and lingers in your mouth. The wine is made better with the perfect amount of ripeness and acidity, giving the wine sweet fresh fruit and lift. 97-98 Pts

      98 points - Tasted
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  15. 2010 Château Haut-Brion La Clarte de Haut-Brion Blanc

    1. 2010 La Clarte de Haut Brion is the new second wine from Haut Brion Blanc and La Mission Haut Brion Blanc. Blending 83% Semillon with 17% Sauvignon Blanc, this straw colored wine offers scents of lemon wax, honey dew, tropical fruit and lime zest that opens to a sweet, zesty citrus filled blast of flavor. 91-93 Pts

      92 points - Tasted
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  16. 2010 Château Haut-Brion

    1. Intense, deep aromas of earth, burning wood, truffle, hot bricks, tar, licorice, espresso, smoke and blackberry. There is an incredible sense of purity in the fruit. The wine is rich, concentrated and multifaceted. Each layer of the finish delivers something new, making it one of those rare wines you want to keep going back to. Frightfully expensive, but if you have the money, coupled with the patience to age the wine for more than a decade, and probably closer to 20 years, along with a cold cellar to keep it in, this is a wine for the ages. The finish kept building and expanding for close to one minute.

      100 points - Tasted
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    2. Haut-Brion From a blend of 57% Cabernet Sauvignon, 23% Merlot and 20% Cabernet Franc, this unique blend is made from one of the highest concentrations of Cabernet Sauvignon in the history of the property. In 2010, the wine reached 14.6% alcohol with a pH of 3.63. This combination allows for more ripeness as well as greater freshness. The effective yields are lower in 2010. Only 42% of the crop was included in the Grand Vin. For those that like statistics, 2009 Haut Brion is slightly lower in alcohol at 14.2 % alcohol with a pH of 3.9. . 2010 Chateau Haut Brion is deep ruby with a purple rim that shines in the glass. The wine is filled with smoke, earth, hot stones, spice, blackberry, cassis and hints of licorice. Full bodied and concentrated with multiple layers of spicy, fresh, rich dark fruit and cassis flavors that fill your palate, this elegant, regal wine builds in the mouth. From the first touch on your palate, it’s difficult to imagine the incredible length found in this wine. I timed the finish twice to make sure I had not lost track of the time. I shook my watch to ensure it was running correctly. This incredible wine remains on your palate for close to 80 seconds! Balanced, harmonious and regal, this will be an amazing wine to experience at maturity. 98-100 Pts

      99 points - Tasted
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  17. 2009 Château Haut-Brion Blanc

    1. Blending 62% Sauvignon Blanc with 38% Semillon produced a wine that is close to perfection. With intense aromatics packed with fresh squeezed lemon, grapefruit, minerality and an array of flowers and assorted citrus fruits, this is thick, rich and powerful. The fruit is sweet, ripe and concentrated, but the freshness and acidity give this the perfect sensation of lift and grace.

      98 points - Tasted
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  18. 2009 Château Haut-Brion La Clarte de Haut-Brion Blanc

    1. Previously known as Les Plantiers Haut Brion, this is the second wine for Haut Brion Blanc and La Mission Haut Brion Blanc, which made its debut in 2009. Blending 84% Semillon and 16% Sauvignon Blanc, the wine offers grapefruit, floral, apple and lemon oil aromatics. Medium bodied, fresh and graceful, there is a good concentration of fruit, oily textures and acidity too keep this interesting.

      91 points - Tasted
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  19. 2009 Château Haut-Brion

    1. With serious depth of color, a cornucopia of scents blast from the glass with smoky barbecue, wet earth, truffle, espresso and a variety of liqueur aromatics including plum, blackberry and cassis. Silky, creamy tannins and an intensity of flavor, this wine fills your mouth and coats your palate with layers of opulent, ripe, pure fruit and glycerin. Yet everything is in balance with the structure to age, complexity that builds in the mouth, purity and freshness.

      100 points - Tasted
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    2. 2009 Haut Brion is a strong candidate for wine of the vintage. This wine has it all. And it went back and got more. Produced from 46% merlot, 40% cabernet sauvignon, and 14% cabernet franc, this inky black wine, tinted with purple and blue, explodes with smoke, truffles, cassis, caramel, minerals, crushed rock, spice, and cigar box aromatics. This intense wine is packed and stacked with multiple layers of powerful fruit; it shows intense purity, freshness, harmony, and balance. The seamless finish lasts over sixty seconds. Few wines grab you with a single swirl and sniff. But this wine does. If only I can find friends with enough money to afford it. While it’s high in alcohol, 14.2%, it has no sensation of heat. Another interesting statistic, for those who like stats, is that the 2009 Haut Brion shows a high pH level, 3.9, yet the wine displays ample freshness. Because higher levels of alcohol require more care, Delmas shortened the period of maceration to reduce the potential levels of extraction. According to Delmas, that choice made a big difference in 2009. 99/100 Pts

      100 points - Tasted
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  20. 2009 Le Clarence de Haut-Brion

    1. Oak, smoke, earth and fresh, pure, blackberries offer real depth for a second wine. Rich, long, fresh and clean from start to finish.

      91 points - Tasted
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  21. 2008 Château Haut-Brion

    1. 08 Château Haut Brion shows a good depth of color with dark ruby and purple hues. Fresh black raspberry, oak, tar, and spice are in abundance on the nose. The wine has a rich, opulent character. Multi-layered pure, ripe fruit and elegant tannins fill your mouth as you taste. The polished, balanced wine ends with an elegant, long, rich finish expressing purity in the fruit. In 2008, the merlot at La Mission Haut Brion and Haut Brion was picked over a three week period. According to Jean-Philippe Delmas, the reason for the much longer than usual merlot harvest was that the picking was done berry by berry, ensuring only perfectly ripe fruit was used in the wine. The wine was produced from a blend of 50% Cabernet Sauvignon, 41% Merlot and 9% Cabernet Franc. 95-98 Pts

      97 points - Tasted
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  22. 2008 Le Clarence de Haut-Brion

    1. 08 Clarence Haut Brion is ruby colored and shows fresh black and bright red fruit on the nose. The wine has finesse and finishes with licorice tinted back fruit. 90-92 Pts

      90 points - Tasted
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  23. 2006 Château Haut-Brion

    1. This shows a complex perfume of ripe, black fruit, tar, herbs, cassis and smoke. In the mouth, the wine is plush, rich, opulent and full bodied. This elegant wine ends with a rich mouthful of sweet, spicy, ripe, juicy dark plums, cassis and dark berries.

      95 points - Tasted
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  24. 2005 Château Haut-Brion

    1. Still as young as you might imagine, but that did not stop the sublime character of this wine from shining through. Filled with smoke, flowers, licorice, espresso beans, licorice, burnt embers and extremely ripe black cherries, this wine is rich, lush, soft, polished, fresh and sweet. Everything is in the right place for a long life.

      98 points - Tasted
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  25. 2005 Château Haut-Brion Blanc

    1. This Bordeaux Blanc offers intense floral and mineral notes with hints of lemon and lime. Full bodied and packeed with ripe fruit, the long finish ends with a lemon wax, honey and orange rind component.

      95 points - Tasted
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  26. 2004 Château Haut-Brion

    1. Deeply colored, this opens with a smoke and violet nose that includes earth and cassis scents. Full bodied with a soft, elegant, plush mouth feel, the round styled finish ends with ample fresh, blackberry and spice notes.

      92 points - Tasted
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  27. 2003 Château Haut-Brion

    1. Like many wines from Pessac Leognan in 2003, this has developed at a rapid pace. You can see it in the color, note it in the perfume and feel it on the palate. There is complexity, but the fruit is slowly starting to fade before its time. This should be drunk up before the wine hits 20 years of age, if not a few years sooner.

      93 points - Tasted
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  28. 2002 Château Haut-Brion

    1. Medium/full bodied, the developed nose shows dark berries, olives, smoke, tobacco, herbs and earth. On the firm, masculine side for Haut Brion, you can drink this now, or age it. I doubt it will gain a lot more complexity with time. It's a nice Bordeaux, but not a great Haut Brion.

      90 points - Tasted
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  29. 2001 Château Haut-Brion

    1. Smoky, rich, ripe multiple layers of complex aromatics and an opulent palate presence make this a wine with a great future ahead. It reminded me of a young version of 85 Haut Brion.

      92 points - Tasted
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  30. 2000 Château Haut-Brion

    1. This is all about the potential as this is so young and primary. It's fresh, vibrant, concentrated and deep. Clearly, there is the structure to age for at least 50 years or more! There is length, texture and balance, but it demands another 5-10 more years of age before it shows what it's really made of.

      97 points - Tasted
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    2. If the nose doesn't grab you, you do not like the smell of graet Bordeaux. This is fresh, soft, refined and most importantly, elegant. Still young, the wine demands another decade to continue to soften and develop.

      97 points - Tasted
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    3. With the texture of polished silk and velvet, this elegant, subtle and supple wine is everything a great wine should be. It combines sophistication with elegance to produce what is developing into bottled decadence. Still young, if you are looking for secondary aromas, hold off another decade. This just keeps getting better and better.

      98 points - Tasted
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    4. Filled with tobacco, tar, cassis, black fruit, herbs and caramel scents. Soft, round, elegant, harmonious, concentrated, fresh and refined. The wine is pure silk and velvet with a lot of polish and finesse in the long finish.

      97 points - Tasted
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  31. 2000 Château Bahans Haut-Brion

    1. 1989 Bahans Haut Brion is fully mature. Aromas of BBQ smoke, earth and cassis are mixed with cherry, cranberry and spice flavors. This medium bodied wine needs to be dunk up sooner than later. 89 Pts

      89 points - Tasted
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    2. This opens an earthy, smoke and tobacco nose. Already mature, this light wine ends with some drying sensations.

      87 points - Tasted
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  32. 1999 Château Haut-Brion Blanc

    1. 1999 Haut Brion Blanc, aged in 50% new oak offers scents of honeysuckle, vanilla, orange zest, creme brulee and lemon. Soft, textured fruit ends with sweet citrus flavors. 92 Pts

      92 points - Tasted
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  33. 1999 Château Haut-Brion

    1. Served blind, this was much better than I would have thought, given the vintage. Soft, delicate, medium bodied, with an elegance to the fruit and texture, this is drinking great today. With luck, in a few years, it could be even better.

      93 points - Tasted
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    2. Smoky, spicy, earthy and open, tobacco, truffle, black cherries and 5 spice aromas are easy to find. Polished, and silky, the wine feels great on your palate with its velvet textures. Over the years, this has developed nicely. While there is no hurry to drink it, there is no reason to wait before popping a cork.

      94 points - Tasted
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    3. 1999 Haut Brion is produced in a lighter, early maturing style. Tobacco, herbs, olive tapenade and blackberry aromas introduce a medium bodied wine with cherry, cassis and cranberry flavors in the finish. 91 Pts

      91 points - Tasted
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  34. 1998 Château Haut-Brion

    1. Smoky, with rich layers of ripe, elegant, plush fruits, a tannic backbone to age and a long, stylish finish that does not quit. With about one of decanting, this was rockin'!

      97 points - Tasted
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    2. Still young, but this is a treat at any age with its showy nose of tobacco, cigar box, tar, smoke, cassis, dark berries and earth. Concentrated, pure, refined and fresh, the fruit has a beautiful, pure, silky personality that continues to build in the finish. If you like wines on the young side, with 2 hours of air this is a wonderful tasting experience. If you prefer more secondary aromas, flavors and textures, wait 10-20 years and this will be stunning!

      97 points - Tasted
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    3. This has been a delight to taste the day it was bottled and it keeps getting better and more interesting with each passing year. Strong notes of smoke, cigar box, black raspberry and earth create the perfume. On the palate is where the wine shines with its silky tannins, rich textures and elegant, supple finish

      97 points - Tasted
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    4. Picture smoke, hot stones, pipe tobacco, cassis, oak, forest floor and earthy, truffle scents, and you get an idea of the aromatics starting to make themselves known in this wine. On the palate, purity and elegance, soft textures and refined silky tannins that remind me of a better version of the delicious 1985 Haut Brion. While this is already drinking well today, it's only going to get better over the next few decades.

      97 points - Tasted
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    5. 1998 Haut Brion is filled with pungent spicy blackberry, tobacco, smoke, cedar chest and cigar box aromas. Deep, rich, concentrated with layers of rich, ripe fruit. This wine fills the palate with ripe, sweet, soft textured dark fruit with a purity of flavor and ample freshness to give it lift. Everything is in balance. This great wine can be opened young, or aged for decades. It remains one of the best vintages of Haut Brion to buy in the market place today. 97 Pts

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    6. This perfectly combines liquid silk, elegance and power to make a magic elixir. This is serious wine. The complex nose alone makes it worth the price of admission. Filled with scents of cassis, tobacco, smoke, truffle and spices, it’s a treat for the senses. But the multiple layers of rich, velvet laden, sensuous fruit that cascade over your palate in endless waves prove this Haut Brion is the real deal. I have loved this wine from minute one. This is a great Haut Brion that might turn out almost as good as the majestic 90 in another decade or two. It is much better than the fabulous duo of 95 & 96. I imagine this will mature in 10-15 years and remain at that peak level for decades. Along with the stellar 1985, the 1998 represents the best deal in the market place for a high quality Chateau Haut-Brion.

      97 points - Tasted
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    7. This splendid wine offers a complex smoky, truffle nose with cassis, herbs, and earth. Perfectly balanced on the palate with a wonderful texture. The finish is close to seamless

      96 points - Tasted
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    8. The nose alone with its complexities makes it worth the price of admission. But the multiple layers of rich, silky, sensuous fruit that cascade over your palate in endless waves prove this is the real deal.

      97 points - Tasted
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    9. A deep, complex compelling perfume and layers of rich, ripe, decadent fruit are easy to discern. This will only get better with time.

      95 points - Tasted
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  35. 1998 Château Haut-Brion Blanc

    1. Honeydew melons, flowers, and slight citrus tones are in abundance. This thick, very concentrated wine fills your mouth with fresh, bright citrus flavors.

      94 points - Tasted
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  36. 1996 Château Haut-Brion

    1. A beautiful, classic vintage of Haut Brion here. Still young, with some air, truffle, smoke, cassis, blackberry and chocolate aromas emerge. The wine is full bodied, rich, soft and supple. This is quite nice now and with 5-10 more years, if you can keep your hands off it, it's only going to get better. This is one of the better values for high quality Haut Brion in the marketplace today.

      96 points - Tasted
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    2. 1996 Haut Brion is filled with smoke, tobacco, cigar box, ash, kirsch, blackberry and licorice aromatics. This is a big, chewy, masculine style of Haut Brion. Tannic and tight, this needs time to develop and flesh out. Another 10 years will allow this to mature into something special. 95 Pts

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  37. 1995 Château Haut-Brion

    1. 1995 Haut Brion is showy wine. With a perfume that took time to coax its scents, black cherry, cassis, smoke, tobacco, truffle and earthy notes could be found. This deep wine demands a few more years before revealing all its charms. The juicy, mouth filling finish is filled with rich, dense fruit. 96 Pts

      96 points - Tasted
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  38. 1995 Château Bahans Haut-Brion

    1. 1995 Bahans Haut Brion offers cherry pipe tobacco, earth and berry scents, coupled with soft, easy to like textures and fully mature, light, bright cherry and cranberry flavors. Drink up. 88 Pts

      88 points - Tasted
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  39. 1994 Château Haut-Brion Blanc

    1. 1994 Haut Brion Blanc pops with a perfume filled with honey, smoke, wood, fresh cut grass, citrus oil and lemon wax. This is rich, full bodied, intense and palate filling. The long, fresh, citrus intensive finish feels great while it remains in your mouth. Still young, this should age for decades. 96 Pts

      96 points - Tasted
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  40. 1994 Château Haut-Brion

    1. More interesting on the nose with its smoke, tar, earth, cassis and leaf filled perfume, than on this palate, due to its rustic, old school finish. At 20 years of age, this is what it is. Aging will not improve this wine.

      92 points - Tasted
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    2. 1994 Haut Brion is probably fully mature. Tobacco, licorice, cassis, earth, cherry and green pepper notes are found in the aromatics. Produced in an austere style, this steely wine displays some rustic tannins in the finish. 91 Pts

      91 points - Tasted
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  41. 1993 Château Haut-Brion

    1. 1993 Haut Brion offers a tobacco, leaf, smoke, herb and cassis scented perfume. Medium bodied, with a light, red fruit accented finish, this wine needs to be drunk up. 89 Pts

      89 points - Tasted
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  42. 1992 Château Haut-Brion Blanc

    1. Very citrusy on the nose and palate. Meduim bodied, not as deep or long as the 85 or 89 tasted that day.

      90 points - Tasted
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  43. 1990 Château Haut-Brion

    1. Now we're talking. Edging close to its 25th birthday, the wine is clearly expressive. Smokey, tar, cigar box, forest floor, cassis and blackberry, with hints of dried cherry make up the nose. Sweet, soft and velvety, the wine personifies grace and elegance.

      98 points - Tasted
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    2. A little bit of air or decanting would have added more to the experience. Still, even popped and poured, it was easy to find the smoke, black raspberry, Asian spice, leather, cigar box and plum filled aromatics. On the palate, the wine was rich, silky and alive leaving with a beautiful sense of purity of fruit in the long, graceful finish.

      97 points - Tasted
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    3. 1990 Haut Brion opens with licorice, tobacco leaf, cassis, smoke, fresh herbs and stone. Soft, round, plush and sexy, this hedonistic wine pleases the palate and senses. 97 Pts

      97 points - Tasted
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    4. WOW! This knock out perfume pops with smoke, tar, creme de cassis, leather, earth, tobacco, hot stone, cigar ash, blackberry and spicy aromas. If this does not get you going, Haut Brion is not your thing. Intense, powerful, concentrated and rich, with textures of sillky and velvet, there is not a hard edge to be found. The long, pure, clean, opulent, fresh, pure, spicy finish remains in your mouth for close to sixty seconds. This is not that far off the legendary 1989 Haut Brion. As this sells for half the price, this is the wine to buy.

      98 points - Tasted
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    5. 1990 Haut Brion is the real deal! Cigar box, smoke, earth, truffle, roasted dark berries, plums and tobaccos aromas make up the perfume. In the mouth, this plush, round, opulent, sexy wine coats your palate. The intense, rich, pure finish is loaded with sweet cassis, chocolate covered blackberry and dark cherries. 98 Pts

      98 points - Tasted
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    6. Served blind at Chateau La Mission Haut Brion over dinner - This aromatic delight opens with jammy dark berries, smoke tobacco, hot stones, licorice, cigar box and baked cherries. Sensuous opulence could be the name of a porn star, or the right descriptor for this silky wine which ends with a rich bath of cassis and black cherries.

      98 points - Tasted
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    7. The wine sported a very, dark ruby tint. Smoke, truffles, herbs, cassis and black fruits galore made their way to your nose. This wine is very intense. Stunning levels of concentration coupled with multiple layers of flavor make this a treat for your senses. Layer after layer of flavor fill your mouth with joy. Very classy and elegant as well as rich.

      97 points - Tasted
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    8. Lovers of Haut Brion cannot have enough of this wine in their cellar. This is almost at the level of the legendary 89. But, the 90 is much more fun and open to taste today. This is so packed and stacked with smoky fruit, it's almost unreal. The intoxicating perfume offers black fruit, forest floor, smoke, tobacco and spice notes that roar from the glass! Great concentration. Layer after layer of rich, deep, polished, rich, ripe roasted fruit take over every nook and cranny of your palate. The long finish is seamless and lasts close to a minute. The corpulent texture is pure silk and velvet. This is sublime. Still young, this will improve for decades. I hope the 98, 00 & 05 are this good!

      98 points - Tasted
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    9. Herbs, coffee, cassis, licorice and black fruit entice your senses. Perfectly balanced, but not as concentrated or layered as the 89.

      96 points - Tasted
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  44. 1989 Château Haut-Brion

    1. It does not matter how many times I taste this wine. It remains one of the most exciting wines I've ever tasted. Soaring aromatics, palate staining fruit and an endless finish. This is the real deal.

      100 points - Tasted
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    2. Clearly this is the most consistent, high quality Bordeaux made in the last 50 years. If someone wanted to make the claim it was the most consistent over the last 100 years, they would get no argument from me. Tobacco, cigar box, smoke, campfire and black fruit aromas pop from the glass with an intensity that cannot be ignored. On the palate the wine is powerful, rich, dense, sweet, pure and fresh. The coating on your palate sticks for more than 60 seconds with its sumblime display of fruit, complexity and freshness. Still young, in time, this will be a legend in the decades to come that will be considered the equal of wines like the 1945 Haut Brion.

      100 points - Tasted
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    3. I'm normally a decisive person. But when presented with 1989 Haut Brion and 1989 La Mission Haut Brion in the same flight, I often have problems picking a favorite. It could be one, the other or often the bout comes out in a tie, and for different reasons. Few wines offer this much concentration of flavor and material coupled with pure silky tannins, elegance, refinement, balance and persistence of flavor. With a finish of well over sixty seconds, it's not difficult to understand why many tasters think this is the modern day version of the 1961!

      100 points - Tasted
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    4. By coincidence, this was served at two different, back to back dinners. The first bottle was sadly, ever so slightly corked. The nose was muted, and the flavors, coupled with the intensity were not on full display. That bottle would score in the low 90's, a far cry from the wine can deliver. Bottle number 2 was a completely different story. Tobacco, smoke, earth, tar, leather, Cigar box, cedar, cassis and black berry got the wine going. Power, silk and velvet textures supported the elegant, refined, harmonious character. The wine continued to improve during the night with each taste. Still young, it's greatness can be enjoyed today, but if you want to try this at the start of maturity, give it another decade.

      99 points - Tasted
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    5. Clearly this legendary wine is a strong possibility for wine of the decade. It does not take long for to taster to understand why, with its intense aromas of smoke, hot bricks, cassis, spice, truffle, cigar box and forest floor scents. If that wasn’t enough to get you going, countless layers of powerful, rich, intense, pure, velvet and silk berries are packed into each sip. The wine is expansive, growing better and becoming more interesting and complex with each, sniff, swirl and sip. 1989 Haut Brion deserves to be looked at with the same reverence as the legendary 1945 and 1961. It is that good!

      100 points - Tasted
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    6. Compelling aromatics filled with smoke, tobacco, blackberry, cassis, tar, leather, cigar box and pie tobacco. Tannic, refined, harmonious, mouth coating and attention grabbing, it's hard to believe this wine is close to 22 years old, It tasted at least a decade younger. Complex, pure, supple, polished and intense, the finish remains in your mouth for at least one full minute! Tasted form a half bottle, it did not have the same level of plushness found in 750 Ml bottles.

      98 points - Tasted
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    7. The perfume pops from the glass like a Jack in Box that has been waiting to be released for decades. Cassis, earth, Cuban cigar, hot rocks, truffle, plums, earth, tobacco, smoke, tar and mocha scents take over your nose. Intense purity of fruit, powerful, refined and elegant, this is what great Bordeaux wine is all about. The seamless finish is pure silk and velvet.

      100 points - Tasted
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    8. 1989 Haut Brion explodes with a concoction of spice, truffle, tobacco, leather, smoke, cassis, tar, forest floor and black cherry liqueur aromas. With mouth coating intensity and port like textures, this compelling Bordeaux wine ends with a long, fresh, sensuous, seamless finish. The scary thing is, this will only get better over the next several decades. 99 Pts

      99 points - Tasted
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    9. 1989 Haut Brion remains the quintessential Haut Brion of our time. At 21 years of age, this wine is still young. Tar, incense, smoke, tobacco, truffle, bitter chocolate and crushed stone with forest floor scents make up the perfume. This concentrated, dense, powerful wine fills your palate with multiple layers of dark berries and plums. This intense wine demands another decade before it begins to reveal its secrets. 99 Pts

      99 points - Tasted
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    10. 1989 Haut Brion steals your attention with an impressive display of kirsch, blackberry, minerality, smoke, spice and earthy aromas. The wine coats every nook and cranny of your palate with long, fresh, pure, blackberry and cassis filled flavors that must last close to sixty seconds! This is a remarkable when that is still young. If you are going to spend a lot of money on a wine, this is the wine buy. 99 Pts

      99 points - Tasted
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    11. Served blind at ChateauLa Mission Haut Brion over dinner- This powerful, complex perfume grabs you with smoke, tar, tobacco, cassis, Cuban cigar, leather, spice and cherry pipe tobacco aromatics. This is rich, dense and full bodied, yet light on its feet and perfectly in balance. The wine feels graceful in your mouth. The finish is long, clean, pure, seamless and silky. Still young this will only continue getting better over the next several decades.

      99 points - Tasted
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    12. A definite candidate for wine of the vintage as well as a strong contender for wine of the decade. And then some! I tasted 5 different bottles recently. My note is for the best bottle. Other bottles were more mature and not as expressive the one I note here. Sadly, one bottle was corked. The best bottles of this legendary wine can bring tears to the eyes of even the most jaded tasters. Deeply colored with a cornucopia of aromatics including smoke, tar, herbs, cassis, blackberry, truffle, Cuban cigar, and fennel. The layers of deep ripe fruit that fill your mouth seem endless. Very concentrated, rich, deep, and opulent, this tremendous wine ends with a seamless, black fruit finish that lasts over a minute. Still young, this wine will evolve for decades. This is Haut Brion at its best. At full maturity it may end up better than previous legends like 1961 or 1945.

      100 points - Tasted
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    13. More often than not, when 89 Haut Brion comes out to play, it's the wine of the night. However, I was moved to tears because it was not even close to wine of the night on this occasion. Either poorly stored or from a bad cork seal, this was not a pristine bottle. The color was very advanced. The usually explosive nose expressed simple spice and earthy notes. Silky on the palate, but very light in weight. This was a nice Bordeaux, but not a great Haut Brion. Once again the old adage came true, after 20 years there are no great wines, only great bottles.

      93 points - Tasted
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    14. This wine shot off all the bells and whistles anyone could want in a Bordeaux wine. This wine makes the blind see, the deaf hear and can be used at revivals to help the wheelchair bound walk again! This was off the charts. If the scale ran over 100, this bottle would bust the triple digit mark. The perfume was intoxicating. Very rich, deep, concentrated and complex. The non stop layers of flavors and sensations that cascade over your palate like water at Niagara Falls is something that has to be tasted to be believed. The seamless finish lasted over a minute, I timed it! Absolutely incredible. If anyone doubts this wine is equal to, or better than the more famous and expensive Haut Brion, they need to taste it. This was a mind blowing wine! Still young, this sublime elixir can be tasted today for its incredible richness, but another decade will do magical things.

      100 points - Tasted
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    15. This opaque colored wine offers a perfume full of smoke, spices, truffle and fruit, it’s easy to lose yourself in its charms. Massives waves of perfectly ripe, intense black fruit, along with velvet tannins and an endless, seamless finish make this one of the best wines I've ever tasted.

      99 points - Tasted
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    16. Firing on all 12 cylinders as usual, this wine offers a perfume as complex and compelling as any other wine. Spice, black fruit, tar, tobacco and truffle are all over the place. This is so rich and concentrated, it's almost too much wine to fit in one glass. Concentrated and complex. This is the real deal.

      99 points - Tasted
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    17. “Wow, this has it all!” And it does in abundance! Spices, cigar tobacco, herbs, cooked black fruit, cassis, earth, coffee and smoke. Thick rich, dense, endless layers of unctuous ripe fruit coat your palate. The seamless finish seemed endless. This was out of control and off the charts.

      99 points - Tasted
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    18. “Liqueur of Graves!” The 89 Haut Brion offered the silkiest, sexiest mouth feel of the night. This was a perfect bottle of a perfect wine. If wine gets better than this, let me know as I want to buy a case!

      100 points - Tasted
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  45. 1989 Château Haut-Brion Blanc

    1. 1989 Haut Brion Blanc opens with aromas of fresh picked flowers, honey, caramel, grass, lemon, lime and orange. With textures of rich, polished fruit, the wine ends with a melange of citrus flavors. 95 Pts

      95 points - Tasted
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    2. The nose, with coaxing offered lanolin and violets with honey. Bigger and more concentrated than the 85. Ends with long, fresh, lemon, citrus oil note.

      97 points - Tasted
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  46. 1988 Château Haut-Brion

    1. Is it you, or is it me? Hard to say as I'm not yet sure if it was the wine, or the specific bottle. With effort, wet earth, cocoa, smoke, black plums and dark cherry scents are there. But the wine is a bit dry and shows some greeness in the finish. This is still young, but the style of the tannins might become more of an issue as the wine ages.

      92 points - Tasted
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    2. 1988 Haut Brion greets you with tobacco, smoke, stone, cassis, earth spice aromas. Elegant, smooth, soft and open, this mature wine ends with smoky, cassis and cherry flavors. 93 Pts

      93 points - Tasted
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    3. 1988 Haut Brion is a traditional style of Haut Brion. Cassis, spice, earth, smoke, mushroom and tobacco notes open the perfume. Full bodied and filled with ripe, juicy cassis, the wine lacks the polish and ripeness found in the top vintages. 93 Pts

      93 points - Tasted
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    4. Smoky aromatics, cassis, tobacco and fresh ground spices, full bodied, concentrated with hints of underripeness that appears in the otherwise, stylish finish, this is a good but not great Haut Brion.

      93 points - Tasted
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    5. The black fruit, tobacco and spice perfume was reticent and needed a lot of swirling to come out and play. Structured, tannic, needs time.

      90 points - Tasted
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    6. Coffee, licorice, cassis and herbal notes filled the air. Full bodied, lush, rich and tannic. Cassis and blackberry with spicy tones are easy to find in the finish. Needs another decade of sleep.

      94 points - Tasted
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  47. 1986 Château Haut-Brion

    1. Still young at 25, this Pessac Leognan is filled with smoke, tar, tobacco, hot stone, cassis, earth, blackberry and spice filled scents. Full bodied, concentrated and balancing masculinity, tannin and charm, this Bordeaux wine has years to go.

      93 points - Tasted
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    2. 1986 Haut Brion offered smoke, leaf, forest floor and earthy aromas. With rough textures, the wine seemed to be slowly drying out. 89 Pts

      89 points - Tasted
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    3. With a smoky, tobacco, truffle and spice nose, this finesse style of Bordeaux, ended in an elegant spicy, cassis finish

      93 points - Tasted
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    4. Smoke and tobacco coupled with spicy cassis on the nose. There is a slight hardness to the wine. The wine finishes with a black fruit character.

      90 points - Tasted
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    5. Aromas of cassis, earth and minerals could easily be found. The finish was slightly clipped. Not a perfect bottle.

      90 points - Tasted
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    6. Initial barnyard notes quickly faded to an intoxicating perfume of smoke, black fruits, cassis, coffee and tobacco. Full bodied and tannic, this needs time. Big, dense layers of black fruit and a slight chalky feeling are found in the finish.

      95 points - Tasted
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  48. 1985 Château Haut-Brion

    1. If you are looking for power and concentration, you came to the wrong place. If silky, refined, elegant textures, a nose of smoke, tobacco, dark cherry, wet earth, cigar box and spice, and a character that can be best defined as regal is what you are after, you're going to love this wine. Decanted about an hour, this was singing! It is hard to find a better Bordeaux from 1985.

      95 points - Tasted
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    2. Crème de cassis, cedar wood, tobacco, smoke, forest floor and truffle are found with little effort. This is probably close to fully mature. Drink it over the next 10 years to get the most from this soft textured, elegant, smoky, blackberry, earth and cassis filled wine.

      94 points - Tasted
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    3. 1985 Haut Brion opens with a complex bouquet of floral, smoke,cassis, truffle, earth, tar and mineral aromas. With soft, elegant, supple textures and a long, ripe,round, sweet finish that's filled with chocolate, blackberry and dark cherries, this wonderful Bordeaux wine is drinking perfectly today. It's probably the top vintage of any First Growth in the market today for the money. 95 Pts

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    4. 1985 Haut Brion gets better each time I taste it. It is in competition for the wine of the vintage. Smoke, ash, leather, tar, tobacco, forest, BBQ and hot brick aromatics are all over the place. In the mouth, the wine offers soft, elegant, juicy, plums with round, plush textures. The wine ends with layers of silky, dark chocolate, black cherry and spice flavors. 96 Pts

      96 points - Tasted
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    5. 1985 Haut Brion is drinking perfectly today. Great nose, concentration of flavors and balance. This is not the best Haut Brion produced in the 80's. 82 and 89 are much better wines. But who cares? With its elegant, suave, round, opulent It's drinking at the perfect place today. This is what great Claret is all about. 94 Pts

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    6. Smoky, cassis, earth and tobacco notes start off the perfume. This elegant,complex, suave and very sophisticated wine is drinking perfectly today. This is truly a pleasure a drink. The finsh is close to 40 seconds. My father is not a wine buff, but I get immense pleasure sharing special wines with him.

      96 points - Tasted
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    7. This mature Haut Brion offers a cornucopia of aromas. Smoke, earth, iron, spices and mushrooms jump out of the glass. The palate is bathed in a complex array of ripe, mature black fruits. This is a beautiful example of Haut Brion and the value of aging wines

      96 points - Tasted
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  49. 1985 Château Haut-Brion Blanc

    1. Deep yellow in color, with some gold. Lemon wax, floral, rocks, spice and a hint of honeysuckle appear in the perfume. More medium than full bodied, with a mineral driven, citrus finish, this bottle lacked the depth and concentration found in the best bottles. I have enjoyed much better bottles in the past. 90 Pts

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    2. Flowers, honey, stones and grilled nuts jumped from the glass. Thick, concentrated and probably mature with a long life ahead. Beautiful, seamless finish.

      96 points - Tasted
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  50. 1983 Château Haut-Brion

    1. Slightly past fully mature, this elegant, medium bodied, finesse styled wine delivers sweet cherries, smoke, tar, tobacco and forest floor scents. Soft and refined, this lighter vintage requires drinking, as there is not enough stuffing to allow for further development. It was nice seeing this wine after so many years as it was the first vintage of Haut Brion I ever tasted.

      90 points - Tasted
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  51. 1982 Château Haut-Brion

    1. Like smoking an aged Cuban cigar, toss in truffle, sweet fresh cherries and silk and you get the idea. As this continues to age, it's taking on a more pronounced tobacco and cherry personality. There is no hurry to pop a cork. But it's clearly open, mature and secondary.

      97 points - Tasted
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    2. Smoke, tar, olives, truffle, cassis, tobacco and crushed stone start off the aromatic fireworks. Refined, elegant, soft and expressive, thee wine remains on your palate serving up a healthy dose of sweet, silky, pure red cherries. Fully mature, there is no hurry to drink it, but I am not sure how much better it’s going to get. This pristine bottle was one of the best examples of 1982 Haut Brion I've tasted.

      97 points - Tasted
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    3. This was killed by the 1982 La Mission Haut Brion served at the same dinner. Elegant, perfumed, graceful, fully mature, refined, pure, soft and silky, this was a very nice wine, but it was not going to be confused with a great bottle of Haut Brion. It is important to remember that not all bottles are created alike. The next bottle could be the same, or it could be better.

      94 points - Tasted
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    4. This bottle seemed lighter in color and more advanced than other bottles tasted recently. The nose offered an array of smoke, tobacco, cigar box, ah, blackberry, cherry, earth and wet forest notes. On the palate, the wine was pure silk and velvet, but it was missing the depth found in other bottles I liked more. Once again, it's all about the provenance.

      95 points - Tasted
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    5. With a captivating, smoky, tobacco, tar, wet earth, black berry, spice, plum and cherry filled nose, the wine is pure elegance. This is not the most concentrated vintage of Haut Brion, but there is a beauty to the finesse textures coupled with a purity of spicy, sweet, ripe cherries in the finish that makes this a treat! While there is no hurry to drink this wine, at 30 years of age, I'm not sure how much more evolution will be gained by holding it longer.

      95 points - Tasted
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    6. 1982 Haut Brion is loaded with smoky kirsch. tobacco, crushed stone, spice, coffee, cigar box, cedar and cassis aromas. With sexy, velvet laced textures and layers of soft, polished, ripe fruit, this wine delivers a sublime tasting experience. 97 Pts

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    7. 1982 Haut Brion offers smoke, Mesquite wood, truffles, earth, caramel, Cuban cigar tobacco and stone aromatics. With polished, round, silky, opulent textures, this sexy wine ends with waves of soft, velvet laced fruit. This is drinking great today, But it should improve for at least another 15-20 years. 97

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    8. 1982 Haut Brion smells like cassis was spilled over hot bricks. The perfume was further complicated with aromas of smoke, licorice, truffle, honey and wood, which added more complexity to the wine. This elegant Bordeaux wine finishes with dark chocolate and ripe black cherries. This wine continues to improve every year. It’s still young, fresh and vibrant. I would not be surprised to see this get better over the next few decades or longer. Over the past few years, this wine has really improved and become a much more exciting wine to drink. 97 Pts

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    9. his jumps out of the glass with sweet blackberry, tobacco, herbs, caramel, smoke, under brush and truffle notes. Soft, silky and elegant, with polish and style, this still youthful Bordeaux ended with a long, pure, dark fruit filled finish.

      96 points - Tasted
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    10. This is deep ruby in color with hints of brick around the edges. Aromas of smoke, spice, cassis, plums, coffee, hot wet stones and a faint hint of licorice make an incredible perfume. In your mouth, the texture is akin to letting ripe fruit melt over your palate with countless layers of velvety, plush fruit. Everything is in balance. The wine continued improving over the few hours it remained in our glasses. This stunning Bordeaux wine personifies power, grace, elegance and lust.

      97 points - Tasted
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    11. Classy notes of smoky, cherry, pipe tobacco, tar, cedar and cassis. Very seductive and elegant. This is probably close to maturity. The style is elegant, plush and regal. The long fresh finish with its round, silky style is a treat.

      96 points - Tasted
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    12. Smoky with gobs of black fruit, tobacco, tar, spice, earth and forest floor aromas. Elegant and sophisticated in style, this plush, polished wine is a treat for the senses..

      95 points - Tasted
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    13. The wine has gained in stature and complexity. Very smoky and rich, this still young wine will continue evolving for decades.

      95 points - Tasted
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    14. Compelling aromas of smoky, black and red fruits with spices happily introduce themselves quickly. Full Bodied with ripe cassis and blackberry. Soft, elegant and polished.

      94 points - Tasted
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  52. 1979 Château Haut-Brion

    1. 1979 Haut Brion is a medium bodied wine with tobacco, kirsch, camphor, cherry and earthy aromas. Light in style, this soft, elegant wine ends with a kirsch finish. 90 Pts

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    2. The nose offers intense aromas of smoke, licorice, cigar box and wood scents. Very enjoyable. Medium bodied with a great silky texture, deep flavors and an elegant finish. This is fully mature but will easily last 10 more years.

      94 points - Tasted
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  53. 1976 Château Haut-Brion

    1. Considering the vintage, this was better than expected. It's all about the smoky, tobacco, cigar box and cherry nose as the wine is light and fading. Drink up.

      87 points - Tasted
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  54. 1975 Château Haut-Brion

    1. Rustic charm abounds in this mature vintage of Haut Brion with its tobacco, cedar, cassis and smoke filled personality. This is not going to improve, but with its massive tannin level, it’s not going away quickly either. This is for fans of older, traditionally styled Bordeaux.

      92 points - Tasted
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    2. Old school in style, with smoke, tobacco, earth, cassis, blackberry, mushroom and forest floor aromas, this fully mature Bordeaux wine has some rough edges on the palate. The wine ends with hints of tartness in the smoky, rustic cassis filled finish.

      90 points - Tasted
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    3. 1975 Haut Brion is fully mature. Tobacco, cedar, smoke, dark berries, earth, minerality, leaf and tar aromatics are easy to find. The wine has an austere, rustic side to its personality. Some green flavors are blended in with the cassis and cranberry finish. This wine will last for decades, but it will not get better and will probably dry out in time. It's a solid example of an old school Bordeaux. 91 Pts

      91 points - Tasted
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    4. Decanted 3 hours, this wine did not display the hard, austere nature of most 75’s. Tobacco, smoke, spice, herbs, truffle and baked black cherry aromas drifted from the glass. In the mouth, this medium bodied wine displays an elegant side. The tannins have resolved. The wine is fully mature. While I do not know if it will improve, it’s not in any danger of falling apart over the next several years.

      93 points - Tasted
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    5. This is filled with rich, wonderful, smoky, tar, tobacco and truffle Graves character. This medium weight Haut Brion is in an austere style, which is expected for the vintage. Still, this is one the best 75's I've tasted.

      94 points - Tasted
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  55. 1970 Château Haut-Brion

    1. Light in color and lighter in weight, lacking concentration. This is much better on the nose than the palate with its earthy, cigar box and smoky nose. This fully mature wine requires consumption sooner than later before the remaining fruit fades away.

      87 points - Tasted
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    2. 1970 Haut Brion started off with smoke, cherry pipe tobacco, cassis, earth and spicy aromas. Medium to full bodied, this lighter style of Haut Brion needs to be drunk up sooner than later. Time will not be kind to this wine.

      87 points - Tasted
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    3. T n T means many things. In this case, it stands for truffles and tobacco. This wine is filled with both scents along with cassis, underbrush, leather, spice and cassis. This wine is slowly fading. Theold school finish ends with cassis and hints of tart red fruit.

      87 points - Tasted
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  56. 1964 Château Haut-Brion

    1. Smoky, medium bodied, with more tobacco, truffle, cigard box and earth, than sweet cherries in character, this requires consumption as it lacks the depth of raw material for further aging.

      92 points - Tasted
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    2. Light in color with smoke, tar, earth, tobacco and sweet, red berry nose. Medium bodied with soft, delicate, spice filled, strawberry and cherry finish. This is on the downside of life and requires consumption.

      90 points - Tasted
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    3. This bottle was was rockin’! From an original case, I’ve had 10 bottles of this wine. Most of the bottles seemed tired. But not on this night! It was dark in color with port like scents along with caramel, smoked, frilled meat, tar and tobacco aromas. Elegantly styled, this medium/full bodied wine finished with round, supple textures and spicy, smoke filled black cherry and cassis flavors. Having had this wine on numerous occasions from my cellar and from from cellars of my friends, this was the best bottle of 64 Haut Brion I will ever have. The point being, there is no reason to hold this wine. Drink 'em if you have 'em.

      93 points - Tasted
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    4. This lighter style of Haut Brion has started to fade. Aromatically, the wine offers tobacco, smoke, earth, forest, five spice and tar notes. This is better in the nose than on the palate. Medium bodied with a light, short finish that ends with cassis and spicy strawberry flavors. This was richer and more interesting a few years ago. Drink up.

      86 points - Tasted
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  57. 1961 Château Haut-Brion

    1. This was a pristine bottle that has been stored at the chateau since the wine was first bottled. 1961 Haut Brion is riveting. This Bordeaux wine captures your attention. Grabbing you like a great piece of music, each sip compels you to focus on the experience. The smells, the feeling and the flavors last long after the bottle is empty. Wines like this make memories. Smoke, tobacco, cigar box, earth, cassis, truffle, tar, crushed stone, spice, ash and wet forest floor aromas pour out of the glass. And that's just the opening act. In the mouth, the wine drenches your palate with waves of opulent, sweet, smoke filled cassis and dense, rich ripe cherries. The texture is pure silk and velvet with the weight and feel of motor oil. This elegant, concentrated, suave, regal wine is balanced, harmonious and ends with a seamless finish that lasts at least 60 seconds. 100 Pts

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    2. 1961 Haut Brion explodes from the glass. The powerful aromatics are filled with truffle, Cuban tobacco, earth, herb, rhubarb, cigar, leather and smoke sensations. This Bordeaux wine is huge, but perfectly in balance. Soft, sweet, structured, elegant and graceful is what this feels like on your palate. The long spicy, cassis and earthy finish is pure harmony. About a glass remained in the bottle overnight. The bottle was simply left on the counter and a cork was placed back in the neck. In the morning, while some of the fruit had faded, the textures and fragrance remained. Well stored bottles will easily last another 20, 30 or 40 years! 98 Pts

      98 points - Tasted
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    3. 1961 Haut Brion tasted from two different bottles. There was a slight difference between the bottles. One bottle displayed more concentration with deeper, darker more intense flavors. The better bottle yielded an exotic perfume of spice box, tobacco, fresh leaves, truffles, soy, leather, smoke, tar and earth. Richly colored for a wine this old makes it look like a wine from the 70's. The purity, freshness and depth discovered in the wine was off the charts. Very concentrated with plush, opulent andsilky textures. As good as bottle wine was, the next wine was even better! 1945 La Mission Haut Brion out of magnum. Trust me, this was a hard act to follow. With glass in hand, I was ready.

      98 points - Tasted
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    4. This is stunningly thick, rich and dense on the palate. On the nose, this bottle was not as fragrant as other bottles.

      95 points - Tasted
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    5. This deep colored, smoky, jammy wine had additional notes of cedar, caramel and earth. Extremely concentrated, almost dense. This had so much sexy, ripe, sweet, black fruit, I thought I was losing my mind! The finish was absolutely seamless. The palate presence was similar to silky motor oil. When you see the descriptor “Port Like” the 61 Haut Brion should be pictured next to it!

      99 points - Tasted
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  58. 1959 Château Haut-Brion

    1. 1959 Haut Brion is filled with smoke, truffle, cigar box, pipe tobacco, mineral, cassis and blackberry aromas. Supple, opulent, round and soft, this sensuously textured wine feels great as it slips and slides over your palate. 97 Pts

      97 points - Tasted
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  59. 1955 Château Haut-Brion

    1. Smoke, tar, leather, earth, tobacco, cigar box, spice, truffle, cassis, cherry and scents of incense are in full force. Soft, round, earthy and regal, this bottle had everything you want and more in a mature Bordeaux wine, including a long finish that leaves you with a myriad of assorted cherry flavors, flowing from light to dark.

      95 points - Tasted
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    2. 1955 Haut Brion pops with smoke, earth, fire, cassis, BBQ, tobacco and mushroom scents. Full bodied and filled with fruit, but there is a sense of greenness in the finish along with tart sensations. This Bordeaux wine offered further proof that with age, there is no such thing as great wines, just great bottles. 90 Pts

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  60. 1953 Château Haut-Brion

    1. Smoke, tar, tobacco, hot bricks, cassis, black cherry, cigar box, tar and ash are easy to find. In the mouth, the wine is soft, refined, elegant and sophisticated with a silky red and black, smoky, spice filled finish. There is no reason to hold this wine any longer.

      95 points - Tasted
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    2. Smoky, tobacco, spice, cassis, earth and mushroom scents filled your nose. The wine offered an unbelievable palate presence with its layers of ripe, dark, silky fruit that showed unique patina of age that adds to the wines sensuous, silky texture.

      95 points - Tasted
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  61. 1934 Château Haut-Brion

    1. 1934 Haut Brion from an original, never recorked bottle. Shared with my father, because it's his birth year and with Jean Philippe Delmas from Haut Brion at my house. The wine sports a ruby, tea color. Complex aromas of Cuban cigars, pipe tobacco, hot bricks, sweet cherry blossoms, spice, decaying leaves, dried fruit and coca powder are easy to find. The mouth feel is pure silk. This elegantly styled wine ends with light sensations of spicy, smoky cassis. 94 Pts for the wine and 100 Pts for the experience!

      94 points - Tasted
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