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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
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
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
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.
97 Points - Wine SpectatorRich 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.
Complex aromas of blackberries, tobacco and cedar follow through to a full-bodied palate, with ripe, velvety tannins and a long, caressing finish. Very beautiful. Best after 2009.
Good ruby-red. Redcurrant, plum, tobacco and flowers on the nose. Suave and light on its feet, with excellent integrated acidity framing and extending the flavors. Classy and classic wine, finishing with ripe, building tannins. This would be perfect with a cigar. Today Delmas and Masclet prefer this 2002 to the 2001 Haut-Brion, but for La Mission they give the edge to the 2001.
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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