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  • Country ranking ?

    1 517
  • Producer ranking ?

    39
  • Decanting time

    1h
  • When to drink

    now
  • Food Pairing

    Rack of Lamb

The Story

There is an amazing dual hit of black fruit and fine-grained tannins here, which is rounded off with a wonderful creaminess. The fruit is encased in a huge structure, which is not always easy to assess when tasting en primeur, but it has a lovely fleshiness to it and the wine is multi-layered with flavours evolving in the mouth. Notes of cocoa, vanilla and tar show towards the finish and it all ends completely seamlessly. The tannins are extremely ripe and well-integrated. Ch. Haut-Brion is often understated at this stage, which serves to underline how fine this wine will be.

 

Château Haut-Brion Thomas Jefferson, the american ambassador to Paris and later President of the United States of America, visited Haut Brion on May 25th 1787 commenting in his journals about the soils of the vineyards as well as mentioning that there were four vineyards of first quality Château Margaux, Château Latour Ségur, Château Haut Brion and Château La Fite. He also wrote:"Haut Brion is a wine of the first rank and seems to please the American palate more than all the others that I have been able to taste in France.“ Jean de Pontac began constituting the Haut-Brion vineyard, in the Graves region, in 1525.

 

His descendants went on to produce "New French Claret," the precursor of today's great wines. Their efforts enabled Arnaud III de Pontac to sell his wine under the estate's name as early as 1660. Called “vin de Pontac”, then Haut-Brion, it gained a fine reputation and enormous success in London. The first of the Bordeaux great growths was born. Through the centuries, the owners and managers of Haut-Brion have been obsessed with perpetuating the château's reputation for quality. Classified a First Growth in 1855, Haut-Brion has done everything possible ever since then to maintain its standing. To perpetuate its Grand Cru status, an estate and its constituent parts have to be maintained over the centuries, suitable grape varieties for each plot have to be chosen, and a relentless selection process carried out. Today, a great American family, the Dillons, has been continuing this tradition for seventy years.

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Vintage 1928

1928 A VERY GOOD YEAR
An astonishing wine, an extraordinary creation. Is it really possible to make this from grapes... Power, concentration, richness of structure. Today, it seems that our raw materials are different and it would be very hard to match this quality. A great
example of the past.

Current vintage notes
Following a poor 1927, this year raised great hopes. There were many purchases of wine before it was even harvested. Weather was very good up until the harvest, but the fermentation was difficult because of high temperatures. Uneven results but with certain very prestigious wines

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Average Bottle Price

2013 2012 2011 2010 2005 2000
1 523€ +3.0% 1 478€ +3.9% 1 422€ +2.4% 1 388€ +53.9% 902€ +23.1% 733€

This data comes from the FINE Auction Index, a composite of average prices for wines sold at commercial auctions in 20 countries. The average prices from each year have been collected since 1990. This chart plots the index value of the average price of the wines.

Latest Pro-tasting notes

<10 tasting notes

Tasting note

color

Full

ending

Long and Lingering

flavors

Cherry

nose

Intense, Complex and Refined

recommend

Yes

taste

Concentrated, Complex, Full-bodied and Elegant

Information

Origin

Pessac-Leognan, Bordeaux

Vintage Quality

Outstanding

Value For Money

Poor

Investment potential

Average

Fake factory

There is a possibility

Glass Time

30min

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