Château Haut-Brion Red Bordeaux Blend Pessac-Léognan 1998

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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 re... Read more

Amazingly harmonious, complex and supple, with intense, generous plum, currant, spice, cedar, cherry and anise flavors that have a wonderful sense ... Read more

This is the best Haut-Brion since 1959 and perhaps one of the best Bordeaux we have ever tasted. It has loads of character, packed to the brim with... Read more

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Snooth User: edub
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4.50 5
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.


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Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
05/22/2011

Amazingly harmonious, complex and supple, with intense, generous plum, currant, spice, cedar, cherry and anise flavors that have a wonderful sense of finesse and grace. The tannins are intense yet graceful, allowing the flavors to pour through on the finish. Best to cellar until 2001 to 2009.


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Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
05/22/2011

This is the best Haut-Brion since 1959 and perhaps one of the best Bordeaux we have ever tasted. It has loads of character, packed to the brim with fruit and tannins. A wine for the next century. Enjoyable now, but much better after 1998.


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Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
05/22/2011

Seductive juice. Gorgeous aromas of crushed berries, tobacco, cigars and cedar. Full- to medium-bodied, with well-integrated tannins and a long, fruity finish. Very fine indeed. Best after 2005.


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Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
05/22/2011

An Haut-Brion with lots of finesse. Beautiful tobacco, berry, cedar and plum aromas in this one. Full-bodied, yet very fine and reserved, with silky tannins and a medium finish. I still prefer the 1998 HB, but this is very, very fine indeed. Best after 2010.


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Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
05/22/2011

For an Haut-Brion, this is huge. Every characteristic suggests power, from the dark color, through the knock-out perfumes, full of dark, brooding fruits. the flavors are black, intense and ripe. It is a delicious wine, surprisingly ready to drink. And yes, just at the end, there is a small hint of the delicacy and elegance that is true Haut-Brion.


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Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
05/22/2011

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.


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05/22/2011

Dark ruby-garnet color. Dried berry character, with hints of Indian spices. Full-bodied, with velvety tannins and a long, fruity finish. Rather reserved style of Haut-Brion. Best after 2005.


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4.50 5
03/16/2009

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