1953 Château Haut-Brion Pessac-Léognan Bordeaux France Wine Tasting Note
Tasting fully mature at its best is one of the wine world's greatest treats, and this bottle lived up to its potential. Red fruits smothered in an ocean of Cuban cigars, burning wood, spice, and tar unfold in the perfume and on the silky, long, earthy herbal, tobacco, and red currant palate. The finish starts strong and never lets up. At 70, this is an incredible tasting experience. Though, waiting to open if you have a bottle, is not your best move. 70 is a long time for even the world's best wines to live. Drink from 2023-2028.
1,230 Views Tasted Sep 27, 2023
Mind-blowing from the initial sniff, let alone sip. The perfume could keep you busy for hours. But the palate, with its silky sensuous, elegant textured, layers of fruit, wet earth, smoke and tobacco stole the show. The finish was seamless and seemingly endless. What a wine!
3,736 Views Tasted Oct 16, 2018
From a bottle with the original cork still intact, the wine was splash decanted and served. From the moment the wine hit the glass, we all knew we were in for a mind blowing treat. On the nose, the smoke, tar, tobacco, cigar box, cherry and earthy perfume was off the hook. But the pure silk textures of all that sweet, ripe, smoky fruit was breathtaking. The wine was exactly what old, fully mature Bordeaux is all about. If you are like me and cannot these wines today, try and find a rich friend with bottles in their cellar as this is the type of wine that dreams are made of. Apologies to Humphrey Bogart.
4,572 Views Tasted Apr 16, 2016
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.
5,442 Views Tasted Aug 16, 2012
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.
3,704 Views Tasted Nov 12, 2008
Chateau Haut Brion needs several years, and in the best vintages up to 2 decades time before the wine displays its true character. Haut Brion needs at least 12-20 years of aging, or longer, in good vintages until it is ready to be enjoyed. Young vintages can be decanted for 2-4 hours or more.
This allows the wine to soften and open its perfume. Older vintages might need very little decanting, just enough to remove the sediment. Chateau Haut Brion offers its best drinking and should reach peak maturity between 15-50 years of age after the vintage.
Serving Chateau Haut Brion with Wine, Food, Pairing Tips
Chateau Haut Brion is best served at 15.5 degrees Celsius, 60 degrees Fahrenheit. The cool, almost cellar temperature gives the wine more freshness and lift.
Chateau Haut Brion is best served with all types of classic meat dishes, veal, pork, beef, lamb, duck, game, roast chicken, roasted, braised, and grilled dishes. Chateau Haut Brion is also good with Asian dishes, hearty fish courses like tuna, salmon, mushrooms, and pasta.
The white wine of Chateau Haut Brion is best served with a myriad of different seafood dishes, shellfish, crab, lobster, sushi, sashimi, chicken, pork and veal, as well as Asian cuisine.