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Château Haut-Brion Red Bordeaux Blend Pessac-Léognan 1998

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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

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

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08/08/2009

Out of the 98s, probably the best first growth, and probably the best wine of the vintage, including the stellar right bank wines of 1998. As I remember, Haut Brion picked before the rain, and this wine is a gem in a under-rated vintage. A little homework is needed. We decanted this wine for only 3 hours, but we still experienced one of our all time greatest wines, period. It had notes of smokey dark fruit, with sage, spice, white pepper and minerals. The taste was that of a truly spiritual one. Silky, smooth, elegant, powerful, multi dimensional,subtle and profound, all at the same time. The finish seemed to linger for a few minutes. Truly stunning and worth every penny. The most excellent Domaine de Chevalier 98 seemed whimsical compared to Haut-Brion, same session. Out of the four of us, this rating rang true for everyone. This will be noted as one of my all time favorite wines.


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

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Source: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
12/16/2011

Dark color, with decadent aromas of truffles, meat, ripe berries and tobacco. Turns to sweet, crushed berries. Full-bodied, with very polished tannins and a berry and mineral aftertaste. The serious tannin structure is still hiding behind the fruit o... Wine Spectator. A Bordeaux Blend wine from Bordeaux in France. 1998 Haut Brion 750ml


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Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
05/22/2011

A splendid Haut-Brion with wonderful elegance. Refines tannins. Dark-colored, with beautiful ripe berry, cherry and very smoky nuances. Full-bodied, with velvety tannins and a long, plush texture on the finish. Best after 2001.


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Source: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
02/14/2011

Bright medium ruby. Expressive aromas of raspberry, blueberry, leather, mint and warm stones. Sweet, thick and roasted but quite bright, with complicating notes of minerals and tobacco. This is denser and more obviously structured than the '98, but n... Stephen Tanzer's IWC. A Bordeaux Blend wine from Bordeaux in France. 1998 Haut Brion 750ml


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Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
05/22/2011

Very good deep red-ruby. Sweet, highly expressive aromas of redcurrant, hot stones, roasted plum, woodsmoke and tobacco. Fuller and more textured in the middle palate, with a chewy, tactile mouth feel that suggests strong extract and a wonderfully pliant texture. A firm mineral underpinning and sound acids frame the fruit. Expansive and seductively sweet in the mouth. Finishes very long and ripe, with thoroughly civilized tannins.


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Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
12/18/2014

A pure evocation of Graves, Haut-Brion’s ’98 is all potential energy, a powerful layering of minerals, gravel, plum skin, grape skin, red fruit and game, all compressed within unrelenting tannins. You can see the intensity in the dense black-purple color, and you can taste it in the tremendous red fruit length. for all its power, it remains one of the most elegant wines of Bordeaux. There’s no bow to fashion, to international style. Jean-Bernard Delmas looks deep into the vineyard to create this wine and fashions it to develop for 20 years or more.


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Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
05/22/2011

Complex aromas of black licorice, tobacco and cedar with red fruits. Full-bodied, with superseductive, silky tannins, loads of fruit and a finish that lasts for minutes. A beauty in all the sense of the word. Best after 2012.


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Source: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
04/04/2011

Rich and wonderful wine, classic, with loads of vanilla, raspberry and chocolate aromas. Full-bodied, with fine tannins and a long aftertaste of berry, grape and vanilla. Subtle, elegant and powerful, with great length. Best after 2009. 12,000 cases ... Wine Spectator. A Bordeaux Blend wine from Bordeaux in France. 1998 Haut Brion 750ml


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