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  • Food Pairing

    St. Francis Mission Style Beef Stew

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Robert Parker's Wine Advocate / A gloriously seductive, classic Haut-Brion showing the most savory side of this elegant, finesse-styled wine, the 1985 Haut-Brion has reached its plateau of full maturity. The color is a deep ruby/garnet with some lightening at the edge. A very complex nose of cedar, dried herbs, smoke, creosote, and black cherries, plums, and currants jumps from the glass. In the mouth, it is round, concentrated, medium to full-bodied, with a velvety texture and beautifully integrated alcohol, acidity, and tannin. A beauty!

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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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Château Haut-Brion’s tasting notes :

A VERY GOOD YEAR
A great Haut-Brion, velvety and with a great elegance. A poweful wine, complex and with a long finishing.An outstanding bottle.

Weather conditions
Sum of temperatures : 3185 °C
Rain : 311 mm
Days where temperature above 30 °C : 16
Harvest : from 23/09/1985 to 08/10/1985

Current vintage notes
A great wine of a late year. A drought never seen, one of the hottest years of this
Century but a few days of fog early September helped the grapes that had been dying off to ripen.

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Average Bottle Price

2018 2016 2015 2014 2012 2010 2005
485€ +15.2% 421€ +8.2% 389€ +2.9% 378€ +3.0% 367€ +3.7% 354€ +89.3% 187€

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

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Medium

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Medium

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Written Notes

Tasted blind at the 1985 Bordeaux horizontal, the 1985 Château Haut Brion is a lovely wine at the peak of its powers. It has an elegant bouquet with sandalwood and dried rose petals that combine effortlessly with vestiges of red berry fruit. I noticed how with time in the glass, it offers a "side order" of wild girolles! The palate is medium-bodied with a fine seam of acidity, delicate tertiary and leather tones infiltrating the red berry fruit, and while it does not have the audacity of the 1989 or 1990, the finesse on the finish completely wins you over. Simply drink, sit back and savor. Tasted July 2015.

  • 93p

A beautiful wine with such an expressive aroma, I mistook it for Chateau Margaux. The finely-grained texture of the tannins and the incredible finesse of this wine tasted blind would be hard to mistake it for anything except a first growth or top second growth from Bordeaux. This nearly 30-year old Haut-Brion is at its glorious peak right now. (95)

  • 95p

Haut Brion – aromatic and complex nose of blackcurrants, very stylish, excellent sweetness, truffles, great balance, silky fruit and tannin. 20 more years? Impressive stuff. 96p.

  • 96p

Wonderful garnet red colour with slightly brick red hue. A magnum almost in perfection with an aroma reminiscent of ripe elderberries, mulberries and hints of dried black currants, mild spices, graphite, Cuban tobacco, cedar wood and a touch of cold smoke. On the palate the tannins were charming, with a velvety character, the flavour was reminiscent of balmy spices, ripe berries and hints of earthy minerality. A wine with great elegance and persistence, a perfect magnum! 98/100

  • 98p

Dark core, lots of sediments, brick rim. Earthy, some mint, some blackberries, tobacco, floral notes, exotic notes with air, . Fresh acidity, few tannins, some earthy notes, some mint, figs, smooth texture, light tobacco note, served blind a mature bottle with answer in hand, long. 94

  • 94p
Château Haut-Brion 1985 Open and developed nose with truffle, spices, cedar, decadent, dark plummy fruit, flowers, smoke, warm gravel and leather. Perfect Bordeaux nose! Full bodied, rich, very smooth and velvety, decadent dark plummy fruit with notes of leather, spices, licorice, black tea, flowers, truffles and dark chocolate. Very long seamless and smooth finish with fine, caressing tannins and mineral notes. Excellent Haut-Brion Drink now-2025+ 95p.
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Origin

Pessac-Leognan, Bordeaux

Vintage Quality

Excellent

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