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  • Country ranking ?

    618
  • Producer ranking ?

    26
  • Decanting time

    3h
  • When to drink

    now to 2035
  • Food Pairing

    Slow-roast shoulder 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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2016 2015 2010 2005
1 290€ +49.1% 865€ -12.9% 993€ +16.0% 856€

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Dark red. Incredibly refined nose full of truffles and cherries. Simply delicious! Stunningly sophisticated on the palate with fabulous concentration and length. Compared to its "sister" (La Mission Haut Brion), Haut Brion had some few strings more to play on, but was a tad older in its soul. Divine wine at its apogee.
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Château Haut-Brion 1955 was a good bottle, no obvious corkage problems whatsoever. A great wine, firm, tremendous quality of tannins, admirable length. Yes, a great wine, but next to the heavy competition delivered by Lafitte it was just a milimetre less impressive, a nanosecond less long. But a great wine…
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Pessac-Leognan, Bordeaux

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 Izak Litwar / The most important Scandinavian Bordeaux Critic, Pro (Denmark)  tasted  Château Haut-Brion 1955  ( Château Haut-Brion )

"Dark red. Incredibly refined nose full of truffles and cherries. Simply delicious! Stunningly sophisticated on the palate with fabulous concentration and length. Compared to its "sister" (La Mission Haut Brion), Haut Brion had some few strings more to play on, but was a tad older in its soul. Divine wine at its apogee."

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 Frank Smulders MW, Pro (Austria)  tasted  Château Haut-Brion 1955  ( Château Haut-Brion )

" Château Haut-Brion 1955 was a good bottle, no obvious corkage problems whatsoever. A great wine, firm, tremendous quality of tannins, admirable length. Yes, a great wine, but next to the heavy competition delivered by Lafitte it was just a milimetre less impressive, a nanosecond less long. But a great wine… "

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