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  • Country ranking ?

    13
  • Producer ranking ?

    3
  • Decanting time

    3h
  • When to drink

    now
  • Food Pairing

    Baked Brie in Puff Pastry with Fresh Strawberries

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 1945

1945 AN EXCEPTIONAL YEAR An historic wine, and one of quite remarkable quality. Powerful, complex, great tannic richness, ample and fat, complete. A summit reached that can continue to improve for several more decades. Weather conditions Sum of temperatures : 3361 °C Rain : 253 mm Current vintage notes The Victory Year. Early vine growth, and there was snow on May 2nd in Bordeaux, causing a dramatic freeze which destroyed 80% of the crop. The very hot and also very dry summer produced extremely concentrated grapes.

 

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Average Bottle Price

2016 2015 2014 2013 2012 2011 2010 2005 2000 1995
4 288€ +13.2% 3 788€ +49.0% 2 543€ +21.2% 2 099€ -10.0% 2 333€ -4.5% 2 443€ +4.2% 2 344€ +117.4% 1 078€ +98.5% 543€ +112.1% 256€

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

34 tasting notes

Tasting note

color

Medium and Brick red

ending

Medium, Smooth and Extensive

flavors

Tobacco, Herbs, Blackberry, Blackcurrant, Nutty and Chocolate

nose

Intense, Complex, Opulent and Ripe

recommend

Yes

taste

Average in Acidity, Warming, Low tannin, Concentrated, Complex, Perfectly balanced, Developing, Full-bodied, Firm, Rich, Vigor and Dry

Written Notes

The 1945 Haut Brion that followed was another superb bottle. The wine was wheaty and yeasty in a good way, with a nose full of caramel oil, cassis, minerals and razors. It had divine toffee butter crunch flavors. Rich, heavy and concentrated, this was a very sexual wine. ‘The dawgs are howling,’ said The Rev, as these two spectacular back-to-back Bordeaux set the bar high for the rest of the show (98).
  • 98p
This legendary Haut-Brion is a truly classic Bordeaux that epitomizes complexity. Excellent-looking bottle. Decanted for one and a half hours. Superbly integrated aromas of sweet black fruits, roasted herbs, tobacco, chocolate and walnuts make it memorable. Its lively, firm texture keeps it fresh to drink. Full-bodied with enormous concentration, masses of fruit perfectly balanced. Tannins are fully integrated and softened. A remarkable taste experience from start to the solid, smooth finish. This wine has about all one can ask for from a wine this age.
  • 100p
Medium red. Butter milk, mocha and caramel on the nose and mashed strawberries on the palate. Quite light but with long aftertaste. Refined and full of finesse. Barely so much fireworks here compared with the "sister" in same vintage, but there was nothing to be ashamed of. Formidable wine and great pleasure while enjoying it. At its very peak.
  • 97p

Information

Origin

Pessac-Leognan, Bordeaux

Vintage Quality

Outstanding

Value For Money

Very good

Investment potential

Excellent

Fake factory

Serious

Glass Time

1h

Drinking Temperature

18

Inside Information

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate 31/10/1994 Tasted 5 Times With Consistent Notes The 1945 Haut-Brion is profound. It demonstrates the essence of Haut-Brion's style. The color remains a healthy, opaque garnet with only slight amber at the edge. A huge, penetrating bouquet of sweet black fruits, smoked nuts, tobacco, and tar soars from the glass. The wine possesses extraordinary density and extraction of fruit, massive, full-bodied, unctuously-textured flavors that reveal little tannin, and copious quantities of glycerin and alcohol. It is a fabulously rich, monumental example of a fully mature Haut-Brion that exhibits no signs of decline. Awesome!

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97p
 Izak Litwar / The most important Scandinavian Bordeaux Critic, Pro (Denmark)  tasted  Château Haut-Brion 1945  ( Château Haut-Brion )

"Medium red. Butter milk, mocha and caramel on the nose and mashed strawberries on the palate. Quite light but with long aftertaste. Refined and full of finesse. Barely so much fireworks here compared with the "sister" in same vintage, but there was nothing to be ashamed of. Formidable wine and great pleasure while enjoying it. At its very peak."

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98p
 John Kapon / CEO / Ackerr Merrall & Condit, Pro (United States)  tasted  Château Haut-Brion 1945  ( Château Haut-Brion )

"The 1945 Haut Brion that followed was another superb bottle. The wine was wheaty and yeasty in a good way, with a nose full of caramel oil, cassis, minerals and razors. It had divine toffee butter crunch flavors. Rich, heavy and concentrated, this was a very sexual wine. ‘The dawgs are howling,’ said The Rev, as these two spectacular back-to-back Bordeaux set the bar high for the rest of the show (98)."

11m 3d ago

100p
 Pekka Nuikki / Founder of the Fine Wine Magazines, Pro (Finland)  tasted  Château Haut-Brion 1945  ( Château Haut-Brion )

"This legendary Haut-Brion is a truly classic Bordeaux that epitomizes complexity. Excellent-looking bottle. Decanted for one and a half hours. Superbly integrated aromas of sweet black fruits, roasted herbs, tobacco, chocolate and walnuts make it memorable. Its lively, firm texture keeps it fresh to drink. Full-bodied with enormous concentration, masses of fruit perfectly balanced. Tannins are fully integrated and softened. A remarkable taste experience from start to the solid, smooth finish. This wine has about all one can ask for from a wine this age."

1y 5m ago

95p
 Omar Khan, Wine Writer (United States)  tasted  Château Haut-Brion 1945  ( Château Haut-Brion )

"There is mint, dark fruit, sweet black fruit and tobacco on the bouquet of this monument to the post war vintage. Like many 45’s it combines some of the richness of the ’47 with some of the suave silkiness of the ’49 vintage. And you get the interplay delightfully, if on this showing it just lacks, for all its seamless quality, just a notch of complexity that would render it complete. The tannins are now back notes, you have at the mid palate some strawberry notes, some tobacco, and it is the richness that has started to recede, once a signature of this wine. There is a sweet almost Right Bank like note to the finale, notes of caramel, gentle spices and flowers. Another notch or two of the ’45 gravitas, without a now receding layer or two of complexity, and this would flirt with perfection. 95 Points"

1y 7m ago

98p
 Christer Byklum / Leading Scandinavian wine blogger, Wine Writer (Norway)  tasted  Château Haut-Brion 1945  ( Château Haut-Brion )

"Upper shoulder fill. Ruby, thin orange rim. Intense chocolate nose, red berries, minerals, pepper, spices, floral, prunes, terracotta nose, layered. Cherries and leather. More and more intense with air, more and more layers. Fresh acidity, ripe tannins, fruity, cinamon, chocolate, tea, figs, cassis, detailed, refreshing, sweet and sour, power, long, very long. 98
"

1y 7m ago

95p
 Pekka Nuikki / Founder of the Fine Wine Magazines, Pro (Finland)  tasted  Château Haut-Brion 1945  ( Château Haut-Brion )

"Excellent event- Dom Perignon 1975 rose mg surprisingly fresh and vivid, at the end of the day, the best Haut Brion were 1989, 1961, 1945, 1982, ....36 vintages:)"

5y 7m ago

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