2001 Château Haut-Brion Pessac-Léognan Bordeaux France Wine Tasting Note


2001 Château Haut-Brion  (Pessac-Léognan) 93

I really like the cigar store nuances, with hints of smoke, tobacco leaf, ash and red fruit. Medium-bodied, fresh and charming, this lighter, brighter, red berry focused vintage is probably at close to its peak. 93 Points

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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

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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.