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  • Producer ranking ?

    113
  • Decanting time

    45min
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  • Food Pairing

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The Story

Château Haut-Brion is the oldest and by far the smallest of the "Premiers Grands Crus" vineyards of the Gironde 1855 classification. Château Haut-Brion is one of the few remaining family-owned domains of the Bordeaux region with a history going back to the 16th century. It has been owned by the American Dillon family since 1935.

 

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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Wine Information

1967/ This wine has a saturated terracota colour which is to be expected given its age. It is a delicate elegant wine which still benefits from beautiful soft and silky tannins. The mouth feel coulf be described as a soft caress. On the nose, we discover the true DNA of this very particular soil with burnt aromas of havana, coffee, cocoa...

Weather conditions
Sum of temperatures : 3120 °C
Rain : 278 mm
Days where temperature above 30 °C : 24
Harvest : from 25/09/1967 to 04/10/1967
Current vintage notes

A normal though dry year. Very agreeable wines throughout Bordeaux.

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Tasting note

ending

Medium and Harsh

flavors

Blackberry, Blackcurrant, Earthy, Caramel and Cassis

nose

Simple and Mature

taste

Average in Acidity, Medium tannin, Concentrated, Medium-bodied, Firm and Drying tannins

Verdict

Full-bodied

Written Notes

A fine bottle. Decanted only 15 minutes. Quite a weak colour and a little tight on the nose. I decanted it too little, but happily after 45 minutes it opened up. Then it was ripe, fresh, and velvety on the nose.  Still some tannin left, but they are not as refined as in the best of recent vintages like 1961 and 1966. Good backbone and intensity though, and no lack of fruit. But slightly robust and a harshness at the end.

  • 87p
Then came the 1967 vintage which showed plenty of earthy complexity and some bright cherry characters. The most interesting feature was the fine bony tannin structure, which together with earthy/chocolate flavours created an impression of suppleness on the palate (88/100 points)
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Origin

Pessac-Leognan, Bordeaux

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