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  • Producer ranking ?

    82
  • Decanting time

    1h
  • When to drink

    Now
  • Food Pairing

    Beef

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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Tasting note

color

Deep, Brick red and Healthy

ending

Medium, Smooth and Gentle

flavors

Blackcurrant, Violet, Cigar-box, Mushrooms, Port-like and Perfumed

nose

Open, Ripe, Refined and Rich

taste

Balanced, Mature, Medium-bodied, One-dimensional, Harmonious and Silky tannins

Verdict

Good everyday wine

Written Notes

Dark red. Incredibly intense nose of blackcurrants and raspberries with stunning depth. Plenty of blackcurrants and raspberries on the palate, incredible length and complexity. What a vitality and young touch this wine came up with - brilliant all over the place. I think this wine can keep for additional 6-8 years.
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Good looking normal size bottle and has top-shoulder level. Colour is brick red, and looking healthy and deep. On the nose it is open, refined, ripe and rich. The taste is harmonious, with silky tannins, medium-bodied, with balanced structure, mature and the palate is one-dimensional. On the palate it is layered and has mushrooms, port-like, perfumed, blackcurrant, violet and cigar-box flavours. The finish is medium long, gentle and smooth. This wine is a good every wine. Perfectly stored bottles are still very worthy and will last well for another 1-5 years and decant at least 45min before tasting.
- (Created by Tb)
  • 87p

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Origin

Pessac-Leognan, Bordeaux

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 Izak Litwar / The most important Scandinavian Bordeaux Critic, Pro (Denmark)  tasted  Château Haut-Brion 1943  ( Château Haut-Brion )

"Dark red. Incredibly intense nose of blackcurrants and raspberries with stunning depth. Plenty of blackcurrants and raspberries on the palate, incredible length and complexity. What a vitality and young touch this wine came up with - brilliant all over the place. I think this wine can keep for additional 6-8 years."

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