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  • Country ranking ?

    2 334
  • Producer ranking ?

    48
  • Decanting time

    3h
  • When to drink

    now-2040
  • Food Pairing

    Slow Cooked Short Ribs

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 1995

1995/ A VERY GOOD YEAR
The characteristic of this wine is its harmony between the very soft and very fine structure and the complex aroma given by the earth of the Graves". There is a lot of charm in this bottle which could be consumed either in the next few years or be kept in the cellar as the wine will age remarkably."""

Weather conditions
Sum of temperatures : 3371 °C
Rain : 349 mm
Days where temperature above 30 °C : 30
Harvest : from 11/09/1995 to 26/09/1995

Current vintage notes
1995 was a precocious year. The winter was mild and the spring hot and dry. The bud burst and the flowering were precocious and homogeneous. June, July and August were characterised by hot temperatures and no rain. Some of the vines with superficial roots as for young vines suffered from dryness. The harvest was perfectly ripe and sound although September was cooler than usual and rainy in
the middle of the month.

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Average Bottle Price

2016 2015 2014 2012 2010 2005
408€ +11.8% 365€ -6.4% 390€ +0.8% 387€ +14.2% 339€ +105.5% 165€

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.

Tasting note

color

Medium and Ruby red

ending

Medium, Gentle and Pure

nose

Wide, Opulent and Tempting

taste

Balanced, Medium-bodied, Round, Harmonious, Toasty and Silky tannins

Verdict

Well-rounded and Average

Written Notes

This wine acted like an opera singer with strong voice (Pavarotti) and what a wine! Silky all over, wonderfully balanced, structured and long on the palate. Seamless. True, true Bordeaux wine to make you extremely happy for at least a quarter of the century.
  • 96p
Deep ruby. Scented, ripe, cassis, blueberries, anise, slight tobacco note, layered and detailed, intense nose. Fresh acidity, ripe tannins, rich and fruity, layered, intense, plums and blueberries, but a bit lean finish, long. 94
  • 94p
Château Haut-Brion 1995 Full and smooth with dark plummy fruit, Asian spices, soy and beef stock. Focused and elegant though a touch light perhaps. Drinking well now with a long, balanced finish. Good but not spectacular. Now-2022 93p
  • 93p

Information

Origin

Pessac-Leognan, Bordeaux

Vintage Quality

Excellent

Value For Money

Good

Investment potential

Below Average

Fake factory

None

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 Izak Litwar / The most important Scandinavian Bordeaux Critic, Pro (Denmark)  tasted  Château Haut-Brion 1995  ( Château Haut-Brion )

"This wine acted like an opera singer with strong voice (Pavarotti) and what a wine! Silky all over, wonderfully balanced, structured and long on the palate. Seamless. True, true Bordeaux wine to make you extremely happy for at least a quarter of the century."

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94p
 Christer Byklum / Leading Scandinavian wine blogger, Wine Writer (Norway)  tasted  Château Haut-Brion 1995  ( Château Haut-Brion )

"Deep ruby. Scented, ripe, cassis, blueberries, anise, slight tobacco note, layered and detailed, intense nose. Fresh acidity, ripe tannins, rich and fruity, layered, intense, plums and blueberries, but a bit lean finish, long. 94"

1y 5m ago

93p
 Totte Steneby, Sommelier (Sweden)  tasted  Château Haut-Brion 1995  ( Château Haut-Brion )

"Château Haut-Brion 1995

Full and smooth with dark plummy fruit, Asian spices, soy and beef stock. Focused and elegant though a touch light perhaps. Drinking well now with a long, balanced finish.
Good but not spectacular.
Now-2022
93p"

3y 7m ago

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