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Chateau Haut Brion

chateau haut brionHaut Brion is the only property from outside the Médoc to be included in the 1855 Classification. After falling into a state of disrepair the estate was purchased in 1935 by Clarence Dillon, an American financier, since when it has enjoyed a steady and continual resurgence to a position of pre-eminence.
The vineyard is planted to 40% Cabernet Sauvignon, 37% Merlot and 18% Cabernet Franc. Production is smaller than at the other First Growth Wines, totalling about 20,000 cases, shared between the Grand Vin and a second wine, formerly called Bahans-Haut-Brion but changed in 2007 to Clarence de Haut-Brion in recognition of Clarence Dillon the winemaker responsible for its resurgence.

Fermentation of the red wines takes place in stainless steel vats, after which the wine will spend 22 months, sometimes more, in new oak barrels before being bottled unfiltered.

The style of the Haut Brion is such that it displays text-book Graves characteristics of cigar-box, curranty fruit, earth, smoky spice and cassis. The high Merlot content, compared to the Médoc First Growths, gives it a voluptuous edge.

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Chateau Haut Brion, 1996

Pessac Leognan 1er Grand Cru Classe

Wine Spectator 93 Points - "Gorgeous aromas of crushed berries, cigar box, black licorice and tanned leather. Full-bodied, with fine silky tannins and a medium to long finish. Seems a little tight right now. But refined and pretty. Nice for the vintage.--'95/'96 Bordeaux retrospective. Best after 2008."


Robert Parker - RP92
The Wine Advocate - "The backward 1996 Haut-Brion was bottled in July, 1998. Even administrator Jean Delmas was surprised by how closed it was when I tasted it in January. Only 60% of the crop was utilized in the final blend, which was 50% Merlot, 39% Cabernet Sauvignon, and 11% Cabernet Franc.
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Chateau Haut Brion, 1993

Pessac Leognan 1er Grand Cru ClassePessac Leognan 1er Grand Cru Classe

*** 90 Points Robert parker ***

"Quite a surprise in a difficult vintage, a strict selection and the superb terroir of Haut Brion triumphed over a very challenging year that produced many hard, relatively herbaceous wines. The color is a surprisingly saturated deep plum/ruby. Some sweet berry fruit intermixed with menthol, graphite, damp earth, and a hint of mushroom emerges in this medium-bodied, very elegant Haut Brion that is still firmly structured but has sweet tannin and surprising length and ripeness. The wine will always represent a sleeper style. Anticipated maturity: 2004-2015. Last tasted, 11/02.
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Price: £325.00
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Chateau Haut Brion, 1987

Pessac-Leognan First Growth Classification (Label very faded vintage legible)

The 1987 has been delicious since bottling, exhibiting a dramatic, earthy, singed-leather, sweet tobacco, and ripe black currant-scented nose. Although not a blockbuster, it offers a medium-bodied, generous, sweet, rich fruitiness, as well as a seductive personality. This fragrant, round, elegant, and delicious Haut-Brion has been fully mature since the early nineties.

Rating 88/100 (excellent)
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Price: £285.00
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Chateau Haut Brion, 1978

Pessac-Leognan First Growth Classification

"As this wine has developed, it has taken on a pronounced roasted, melted asphalt/tar-scented nose that in some ways is the essence of Graves, but it seems strikingly devoid of some of the other nuances so common in Haut-Brion. The wine is fully mature, with a deep garnet color, and a pronounced asphalt-scented nose. This impression is verified in the mouth, where the wine reveals a lot of smokiness, tar, and sweet black fruit flavors. This surprisingly evolved wine has been fully mature for a decade or more." Robert PArker, Bordeaux 3rd Ed.

This wine is mature and ready for drinking now.
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Chateau Haut Brion, 1973

Pessac Leognan 1er Grand Cru Classe

Brown rim. Brown sugar, olives and leather nose. Balanced and very smooth palate. Coffee & sweet red fruits. Fully mature, a highly enjoyable wine.
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Price: £295.00
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Chateau Haut Brion, 1969

Pessac Leognan 1er Grand Cru Classe

"..beautifully bricked and aged bordeaux...wet leather, muted graphite, wet gravel and subtle sous-bois... WOW! Very beautiful expression of terroir.." CellarTracker.com
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Chateau Haut Brion, 1967

Pessac Leognan 1er Grand Cru Classe

A flattering, gentle, medium-bodied wine with a smoky, vanillin oakiness, round, ripe flavors, and a soft, luscious finish. It is a charming, lighter-weight, forward wine that has reached its plateau of maturity.

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Chateau Haut Brion, 1958

Pessac Leognan 1er Grand Cru Classe

a lovely transparent colour, bright, pure. Smells tertiary and secondary, quite muted. Glorious in the mouth, it blossoms like all great wines, it's persistent and in the autumn of its life; stewed fruit, tea, wood but at the same time fresh. Beautifully balanced
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Chateau Haut Brion, 1950

Pessac Leognan 1er Grand Cru Classe

Smokey, mineral characteristics along with leather, tar and black fruit. Offering good concentration with plumy notes. Not a great vintage.
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Chateau Haut Brion, 1948

Pessac Leognan 1er Grand Cru Classe


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Chateau Haut Brion, 1943

Pessac Leognan 1er Grand Cru Classe


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Chateau Haut Brion, 1933

Pessac Leognan 1er Grand Cru Classe


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Chateau Haut Brion, 1986

Pessac Leognan 1er Grand Cru Classe

93 Points - Parker
96 Points - Wine Journal

"The 1986 Haut-Brion, which I thought should be fully mature by now, remains a backward, highly concentrated, powerful wine with more noticeable tannin than most top vintages. The wine does possesses a tell-tale smoky tobacco and sweet black currant-scented nose, in addition to subtle new oak and minerals scents. This medium to full-bodied, rich, intensely smoky wine has still not reached its plateau of maturity. It is unquestionably the wine of the vintage for Graves, and not far off the pace of the great 1986 first-growth Medocs. Anticipated maturity: 2000-2015".
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Chateau Haut Brion, 1984

Pessac- Leognan (Clearance faded label)

The 1984 Haut Brion offers quite a perfumed nose, and displays distinct tobacco, ash, and earthy notes. On the palate, it is medium bodied, has mostly tertiary notes, showing some dried and aged blueberries and blackcurrant, but little fruit left. Hints of black tea leaves and capsicum. Quite a peppery finish. Showing lovely for a 1984.
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Chateau Haut Brion, 1975

Pessac Leognan 1er Grand Cru Classe

93 points - Parker
94-96 Points WIne Journal

"The wine has developed the hauntingly complex, tobacco, roasted herb, singed leather, smoky, sweet, fruity nose of a great Haut-Brion. Full-bodied and intense, with noticeable ripe tannin, this is a wine of considerable richness and intensity. It offers delicious drinking after 1-2 hours of decanting, even though noticeable tannin remains. This wine is capable of another 15-20 years of cellaring. Yes, I did indeed underestimate this wine. I tasted it a half-dozen times in 1995 and at each tasting it was a formidable wine. Do not be surprised to see this rating go even higher, as I do not believe the 1975 Haut-Brion has reached its pinnacle.
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Chateau Haut Brion, 1970

Pessac Leognan 1er Grand Cru Classe MAGNUM

*** 90-92 points - Wine Journal ***

Reviews: "Brown rim. Brown sugar, olives and leather nose. Quite rich for 1970. Balanced and very smooth palate. Coffee & sweet red fruits. Fully mature, a highly enjoyable wine (and far cheaper than Latour.) Somewhat under-rated by others. Then again chez Alex Hunt in November 2005. Although a little musty at first, this wine grows and grows on you. A cool, blackberry leaf, cranberry nose with lots of cedar and pine is followed by a tannic, almost rustic, broad-shouldered palate with cedary, tobacco-infused fruit. Very classic in style but suited the venison perfectly.
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Chateau Haut Brion, 1957

Pessac Leognan 1er Grand Cru Classe

*** 90 Points - Robert Parker ***

Reviews: "In January, 1997, I had the exceptionally smoky, sweet, rich, impressively endowed 1957 Haut-Brion. The wine was fully mature, as evidenced by its dark garnet color with considerable rust. The wine was very aromatic, plump, and succulently textured, with fleshy flavors, plenty of glycerin, and sweet fruit. It is another example of an unheralded vintage producing a top flight wine. Last tasted 1/97" Bordeaux 3rd Ed
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