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Château Haut-Brion Red Bordeaux Blend Pessac-Léognan 1988

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1er Cru Classé

Chateau Haut Brion:
Although by all accounts the vine has been rampant in these parts since at least Roman times, the earliest written mention that our archivist has discovered, citing a parcel of vines being cultivated at Haut-Brion dates back to only 1423. In the early days wines were known by the name of the parishes from whence they came. Later they became known as clarets. In the case of Haut-Brion, under t... Read more
Although by all accounts the vine has been rampant in these parts since at least Roman times, the earliest written mention that our archivist has discovered, citing a parcel of vines being cultivated at Haut-Brion dates back to only 1423. In the early days wines were known by the name of the parishes from whence they came. Later they became known as clarets. In the case of Haut-Brion, under the great stewardship of the Pontac family the wine's reputation was for years represented by the name of this enlightened and well respected family-- Pontac wine. Eventually as its renown grew, the name of the Estate came to replace that of its owners. The notion of a Great Growth was born! We find the first written mention of the wine in the Diaries of Samuel Pepys. While visiting the Royal Oak Tavern in London on April 10, 1663 Pepys wrote "There I drank a sort of French wine called Ho-Bryan (sic) which hath a good and most particular taste which I never before encountered....." Read less

External Reviews for Château Haut-Brion Red Bordeaux Blend Pessac-Léognan

External Review
Source: SoDivin
07/10/2009

1er Cru ClassŽ


External Review
Source: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
10/09/2012

A more firmly structured Haut-Brion, built somewhat along the lines of the 1996, this dark garnet-colored wine is showing notes of licorice, underbrush, compost, truffles, dried herbs, creosote, and sweet black cherries and currants. Medium-bodied, r... Robert Parkers Wine Advocate. A Bordeaux Blend wine from Bordeaux in France. 1988 Haut Brion 750ml


External Review
Source: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
02/06/2009

The wine of the vintage and one of the greatest Haut-Brions ever made. Superpowerful and ripe, with masses of spice, mint and berry character. Full-bodied, with full yet polished tannins, this wine is a joy to taste and will be for decades.--1988 Bor... Wine Spectator. A Bordeaux Blend wine from Bordeaux in France. 1988 Haut Brion 750ml


External Review
Source: SoDivin
05/06/2009

1er Cru Classé


External Review
Source: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
04/04/2011

What a beautiful and complete wine, with dark chocolate, crushed blackberry, cedar and raspberry on the nose. Full-bodied, with supersilky tannins and a beautiful licorice, tar and fruit aftertaste. Long and complex. Will improve with age, but delici... Wine Spectator. A Bordeaux Blend wine from Bordeaux in France. 1988 Haut Brion 3000ml



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