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Château Haut-Brion Sémillon-Sauvignon Blanc Blend Pessac-Léognan Blanc 1998
This wine has a handsome color of deep, fresh, ruby red. The nose is not completely open due to the great structure of its tannins. The equilibrium of the wine is remarkable with mature fruit already evident. Its emerging strength, though only slightly developed, indeed insinuates the richness to come. This is a great bottle in the making. The finale is suave, soft and tannic all at the same time. It is an exceptional bottle for its density.
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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.
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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.
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.
A wine of complexity and harmony rather than power, Haut-Brion is showing tobacco, cedar and leather aromas melded with some fairly serious black fruit. It resembles the superb 1985 at a similar stage, suggesting this has a good ten years before it peaks. And it will be lovely for 20 years thereafter.
Seductive Haut-Brion. Complex, with cinnamon, vanilla, cherry, berry and dried fruits on the nose and palate. Full-bodied, with velvety tannins and a polished, caressing texture. Best after 2003.
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.
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.
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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