1985 Château Haut-Brion Blanc Pessac-Léognan Wine Tasting Note


1985 Château Haut-Brion Blanc  (Pessac-Léognan) 96

Honey, flowers, orange rind, caramel, smoky vanilla and crisp, bright, yellow citrus and a nice pop of honeyed grapefruit is drinking perfectly today.

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Light yellow with a hint of gold in the color, the wine is loaded with ripe, sweet, mineral-driven, citrus peel, honeyed grapefruit and floral notes. With good volume and freshness, the fruity filled, full finish leaves you with slightly honeyed lemon and grapefruit notes.

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

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Haut Brion 12 Wine Tasting Notes, Ratings

When to Drink Chateau Haut Brion, Anticipated Maturity, Decanting Time

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.