Chateau Haut Brion

Chateau Haut Brion

Das Gut lag früher an der Peripherie von Bordeaux; mittlerweile ist durch das Wachsen des Stadtgebietes das Weingut von der Großstadt eingeschlossen und erfreut sich deshalb eines individuellen Mikroklimas, was sich letztlich auch in dem unverwechselbaren Charakter der Weine niederschlägt. Die Rebfläche von Haut-Brion beträgt 42,5 ha und ist zu 45 % mit Merlot, zu 40 % mit Cabernet Sauvignon und zu 15 % mit Cabernet Franc bestockt. Das Gut erzeugt von seinem Erst- und Zweitwein („Bahans Haut-Brion“, seit 2007 „Le Clarence de Haut-Brion“) zusammen ca. 200.000 Flaschen im Jahr. Es wird auch Weißwein produziert, Haut-Brion Blanc, der mit ca. 8000 Flaschen im Jahr als Rarität vermarktet wird. Seinen Ruf verdankt das Château hingegen seinen Rotweinen: Hier ist im Besonderen der Jahrgang 1989 zu nennen, dessen Wein der Weinkritiker Robert Parker mit 100 Punkten bewertet hat. Auch die Weine von 1945, 1959 und 1961 wurden mit 100 Punkten bewertet. Die Flaschen von Haut-Brion haben eine Besonderheit: sie sind nicht im normalen Bordeaux-Flaschentyp gehalten. Sie sind gedrungener und konisch; nach oben, zum Hals hin, etwas dicker werdend. Dies macht sie einerseits unverwechselbar, andererseits bekommt jedoch der einlagernde Wein-Liebhaber wegen des anderen Kistenformats regelmäßig kleine Schwierigkeiten, sie in gängigen Keller-Lagersystemen zu verstauen.

 


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Bewertung Jahrgang 1982 Robert Parker 94 von 100 Punkten WS 95 von 100 Punkten

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I know Jean Delmas, whom I respect as one of the world's greatest wine producers, has always thought the 1982 Haut Brion was similar to the 1959, but I have yet to see that. It seems to me the 1989 is closer to the 1959, another perfect wine and one of the all-time great Haut Brions. While the 1982 is a beauty, it has never hit the highest notes this vintage or terroir can achieve. Complex aromatics of scorched earth, smoked herbs, and sweet red and black currants are followed by a full-bodied, silky-textured wine, but I have never felt this offering has possessed the concentration, texture, or multidimensional personality found in such vintages as 1989, 1990, and more recent years. Nevertheless, this is essentially splitting hairs as the 1982 remains a superb Haut Brion. Seemingly less evolved than the 1990, it is capable of another 20-30 years of longevity. Perhaps there is something in reserve that will reveal itself in the next decade. Drink now-2035.

Score: 95 Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (183), June 2009

 

Score: 96 Robert Parker, The World's Greatest Wine Estates, November 2005

As far as the first-growth 1982s go, this wine is certainly not one of the profound examples of the vintage. Administrator Jean Delmas has always compared it to the 1959, and perhaps it will magically put on weight and length, and ultimately be comparable to that perfect wine. However, this wine seems a far cry form the immortal 1989, and even such recent Haut-Brion greats as the 2000,1998,1996,1995, and 1990. Nevertheless, it is still a relatively youthful wine, with a deep ruby colour that is just revealing a bit of pink at the edge. The wine shows sweet red currant, plum and sweet mineral notes, followed by a medium-bodied, very elegant style, with ripe tannin, beautiful fruit, and 45 secon-length. Its youthfulness is not suprising, but the wine does not seem to have the weight, opulence and viscosity of the top 1982's. Anticipated maturity: now- 2022.

Score: 94 Robert Parker, Bordeaux Book (4), December 2003

This was one of the best showings yet for this wine, which, to my palate and mind, has never lived up to its early potential. Undeniably, the 1982 does not rival those Haut Brions produced in 1989 and 1990, but the estate still believes 1982 is a modern day clone to their spectacular (and to my taste, perfect) 1959. In this tasting, the 1982 revealed a healthy dark ruby colour with lightening at the edge. Intense, persistent aromas of saddle leather, roasted herbs, scorched earth, and sweet black currant fruit were followed by complex flavours of minerals, spice box, and cedar. Although this medium-bodied, fleshy, ripe, concentrated wine is not a blockbuster, as it unfolds, it reveals layers of flavour in addition to this vineyard's tell-tale complexity. Anticipated maturity: 2002-2020.

Score: 94 Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (129), June 2000

 

Score: 94 Robert Parker, Bordeaux Book (3), November 1998

Administrator, Jean Delmas, continues to believe the 1982 is the modern day clone of the 1959 Haut-Brion. I am not willing to go that far, but it is certainly a rich, seductive, medium to full-bodied Haut-Brion that is beginning to reveal some of the tell-tale, mineral, tobacco, ripe, curranty fruit aspects of this fragrant, complex first-growth. The 1982 Haut-Brion is not, in my opinion, comparable to the perfect 1989, but it is a rich, full-bodied wine with well-integrated, sweet tannin, true class and character, and a sweet, expansive, long finish. The wine has been slow to throw off its cloak of tannin and reveal its true Haut-Brion-like personality. It should reach full maturity in 3-5 years and drink well through the first two decades of the next century . Tasted 12 times since bottling with consistent notes

Score: 94 Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (102), December 1995

Though having tasted the Haut-Brion 1982 on numerous occasions, it is still a divine Pessac-Léognan to cherish. Here at The Glasshouse restaurant, it has that lovely warm gravel on a summer's day bouquet, brown autumn leaves, bay leaf and here= a slightly more conspicuous note of black olive than I have noticed in the past. The palate is medium-bodied with fine tannins, again a little more diffuse than its fellow 1982 First Growths, but with just as much charm. If anything, it feels a little tighter and more backward than previous examples, perhaps suggesting that bottles of excellent provenance will last many years. It is a wonderful 1982 First Growth, not a pinnacle of the vintage, but disarmingly and utterly charming. Drink: 2014 - 2030.

Score: 95 Neal Martin, Wine Advocate (225), July 2016

Lovely truly thrilling wine that is warm, rich and comforting but somehow miraculously still young. Quintessential Haut-Brion. This wine positivley reverberates on the palate. Drink 2000-2015. Date tasted 15th Aug 07.

Score: 19 Jancis Robinson MW, JancisRobinson.com, August 2007
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Bewertung Jahrgang 1983 Robert Parker 91 von 100 Punkten WS 88 von 100 Punkten

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91 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

Tasted at lunch at La Trompette. I have always had a soft spot for the Haut-Brion 1983 as one of the “friendliest” of the First Growths. Though not a top-tier Haut-Brion, the 1983 has developed a fine earthy, leathery bouquet that is similar to the ’86 but without the same vigour or complexity. The palate is very harmonious with a citrus-tinged entry, its lack of depth and length compensated by poise and tension. Sandalwood, cedar and a touch of truffle and smoke towards the finish. Lovely. A point. (NM)  (11/2010)

 

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Bewertung Jahrgang 1984 Robert Parker 84 von 100 Punkten WS 85 von 100 Punkten

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Robert PARKER - The Wine Advocate

(1998)
The medium-bodied 1984 Haut-Brion is attractively perfumed with mineral scents, tobacco, and ripe fruit, and has surprisingly good depth and length. It is not at all a big wine, but is soft and creamy.
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Bewertung Jahrgang 1985 Robert Parker 94 von 100 Punkten WS 93 von 100 Punkten

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Score: 94 Robert Parker, Hedonists Gazette, September 2014

Ray Signorello, Jr. Charity Meal - a magnificent bottle of a fully mature, glorious, complex 1985 Haut Brion that exhibited notes of camphor, burning embers, sweet cherries and abundant plush, succulent fruit. It was a beauty of finesse and seamlessness.

Score: 97 Robert Parker, Hedonists Gazette, April 2011

A gloriously seductive, classic Haut-Brion showing the most savory side of this elegant, finessed-styled wine, the 1985 Haut-Brion has reached its plateau of full maturity. The colour is 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 mout, it is round, concentrated, medium to full bodied, with a velvety texture and beautifully integrated alcohol, acidity and tannin. A beauty! Anticipated maturity:now-2012.

Score: 95 Robert Parker, Bordeaux Book (4), December 2003

This has always been one of the more seductive, savory, complex Haut-Brions of the eighties. My notes have always suggested that it is the quintessentially elegant, finesse-styled Haut-Brion. The color remains a deep ruby/purple with slight lightening at the edge. The knock-out nose of intense jammy black fruits, smoke, cedar, herbs, and new oak is followed by a generously concentrated, rich, gorgeously proportioned and layered Haut-Brion with no hard edges. Everything - alcohol, acidity, tannin - is beautifully integrated into the seamless personality of the 1985. Anticipated maturity: Now-2010. Last tasted 10/97

Score: 94 Robert Parker, Bordeaux Book (3), November 1998

 

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Bewertung Jahrgang 1986 Robert Parker 94 von 100 Punkten WS 94 von 100 Punkten

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This wine continues to be backward, but the bouquet is beginning to develop secondary nuances from roasted herbs and sweet cigar tobacco to compost, leathery notes, along with plenty of sweet cherry and black currant fruit. I had somewhat higher hopes for it a decade ago. The wine is still youthful, quite pure, medium to full-bodied, but somewhat elevated, austere tannins in the finish at age 16 are starting to make me think they will never become fully integrated. As alwaysm making a judgement call on a wine destined to have a half century of life is sometimes difficult, given the varying stages it goes through, but I wonder if this wine will not turn out to be as profound as I onces predicted. Anticipated 2008-2030

Score: 94 Robert Parker, Bordeaux Book (4), December 2003

The 1986 Haut-Brion, which I thought should be fully mature by now, remains a backward, highly concentrated, powerful wine with more noticeable tannin than most top vintages. The wine does possesses a tell-tale smoky tobacco and sweet black currant-scented nose, in addition to subtle new oak and minerals scents. This medium to full-bodied, rich, intensely smoky wine has still not reached its plateau of maturity. It is unquestionably the wine of the vintage for Graves, and not far off the pace of the great 1986 first-growth Medocs. Anticipated maturity: 2000-2015. Last tasted 7/97.

Score: 96 Robert Parker, Bordeaux Book (3), November 1998

Tasted at the château, the 1986 Haut Brion is a vintage that I had not tasted for some time. It is a blend of 28% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Franc and 62% Cabernet Sauvignon according to the chateau's records. Mirroring the 1996 La Mission, in this vintage that Haut-Brion occupies a higher quality level, with more complexity and vivacity on the nose: dusky black fruit, warm gravel, terracotta and cigar humidor. Lovely! The palate is very well balanced, maybe a little rustic compared to recent vintages, yet with firm body and grip. It's the kind of gruff, almost surly, broad-shouldered 1986s that might be a little curmudgeonly compared to 1985 or 1989, however after 30 years you are compensated with plenty of freshness and focus. I don't think it ranks up there with the best of the First Growth...that would come in other vintages, but it still provides plenty of drinking pleasure for those who love their classic claret with capital "C". Tasted July 2016.

Score: 93 Neal Martin, Wine Advocate (228), December 2016
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Bewertung Jahrgang 1987 Robert Parker 88 von 100 Punkten WS 90 von 100 Punkten

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Bewertung Jahrgang 1988 Robert Parker 91 von 100 Punkten WS 93 von 100 Punkten

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Robert Parker 91 points!
"The 1988 Haut-Brion is built along the lines of the 1966, but it is more concentrated and powerful. The dense bouquet of tobacco, ripe, black fruits and spicy oak has just begun to develop. The wine is medium-bodied, rich, and tannic, with a good inner-core of fruit. This wine will have to be cellared until the end of this century. Anticipated maturity: 2000-2025."Robert Parker, Bordeaux Book, 3rd Edition (1998).
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Bewertung Jahrgang 1989 Robert Parker 100 von 100 Punkten WS 99 von 100 Punkten

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Score: 100 Robert Parker, Hedonists Gazette, July 2008

Undeniably one of the greatest wines made in Bordeaux in the last 25 years is the 1989 Haut Brion. Jean Delmas gave a touching speech about how, in his lifetime, he had never produced such a wine, and it was literally off the charts. He made the point of saying that all the greatest vintages of Bordeaux drink well young, yet have such remarkable balance/equilibrium that they can age for decades. The 1989 is beginning to reveal hints of secondary nuances, but it is so sensuous, rich, opulent, and super-concentrated as to be almost unimaginable.

  Robert Parker, Hedonists Gazette, November 2005

This continues to be one of the immortal wines and one of the greatest young Bordeaux wines of the last half century. Consistently prodigious and almost a sure bet to top the scoring card of any blind tasting of this vintage as well as other years, the 1989 Haut-Brion is a seamless, majestic classic and a tribute to this phenomenal terroir and its singular characteristics. The wine still has a very thick, viscous-looking ruby/purple colour, a spectacular, young but awesome smorgasbord of aromas ranging from scorched earth, liquid minerals, graphite, blackberry and black currant jam to toast licorice and spice box. The levels of fruit, extract and glycerin in this viscous, full-bodied, low-acid wine are awe-inspiring. The brilliant symmetry of the wine, extraordinary purity, and seamlessness are the hallmarks of a modern-day legend. It is still in its pre-adolescent stage of development, and I would not expect it to hit its full plateau of maturity for another 3-5 years, but this should be an Haut-Brion that rivals the greatest ever made at this estate. Life is too short not to drink this wine as many times as possible! A modern-day clone of the 1959? Anticipated maturity :2005-2030

Score: 100 Robert Parker, Bordeaux Book (4), December 2003

There is no question that the 1989 is one of Bordeaux's great modern day classic and deserving a perfect score, which should not surprise anyone who has tasted the wine.

  Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (128), April 2000

 

Score: 100 Robert Parker, Bordeaux Book (3), November 1998

Haut-Brion has been the most consistent first-growth over the last decade, producing top-notch wines, even in such tough years as 1987, 1993, and 1994. The 1989 is one of a handful of truly profound wines from a vintage that tends to be overrated, save for the Pomerols, a few St.-Emilions, and some overachievers in the Medoc. However, 1989 was an extraordinary success for Jean Delmas, the administrator of Haut-Brion and La Mission-Haut-Brion. The prodigious 1989 Haut-Brion is one of the greatest first-growths I have ever tasted. It has always reminded me of what the 1959 must have tasted like in its youth, but it is even richer and more compelling aromatically. The wine exhibits an opaque ruby/purple color, as well as a sweet nose of jammy fruit, tobacco, spicy oak, minerals, and smoke. Fabulously concentrated, with huge levels of fruit, extract, and glycerin, this wine is nearly viscous because of its thickness and richness. Low acidity gives the wine even more appeal and adds to its precociousness. The wine has not budged in development since it was first bottled, although it has always provided thrilling drinking because of its voluptuous texture. It needs another 5-6 years of bottle age before it will begin to develop Haut-Brion's fabulous fragrance. Expect it to hit its plateau of maturity around 2003-2005 and drink well for 15-25 years.

Score: 100 Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (109), February 1997

Tasted at the La Mission/Haut-Brion dinner at The Ledbury. One of the best bottles of Chateau Haut-Brion that I have encountered, this is magnificent fermented grape juice. Extraordinarily deep in colour, it has amazing intensity on the nose with similar aromas as the bottle in July with black fruits, black olive, hot gravel and here a very faint tincture of menthol. The palate is medium- rather than full-bodied with exquisite balance and poise with a similar sense of symmetry expressed by the Mission ’78. There is a firm backbone to this wine matched by a fruit intensity that is not so much powerful, but perfectly focused. Blackberry, black plum, tobacco and crushed stone, expanding across the back-palate and lingering for ages after the wine is swallowed. Immense. Drink now-2040+ Tasted September 2010.

Score: 100 Neal Martin, Wine-Journal.com, November 2010

 

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Bewertung Jahrgang 1990 Robert Parker 98 von 100 Punkten WS 94 von 100 Punkten

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In terms of the brilliant complexity and nobility of the aromatics, scorched earth, black currants, plums, charcoal, cedar, and spices, the 1990 offers an aromatic explosion that is unparalleled. It is always fascinating to taste this wine next to the 1989, which is a monumental effort, but much more backward and denser, without the aromatic complexity of the 1990. The 1990 put on weight after bottling, and is currently rich, full-bodied, opulent, even flamboyant by Haut Brion's standards. It is an incredible expression of a noble terroir in a top vintage. While it has been fully mature for a number of years, it does not reveal any bricking at the edge, and I suspect it will stay at this level for another 10-15 years ... but why wait? It is irresistible now. Drink 2009-2024.

Score: 98 Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (183), June 2009

A profound Haut-Brion and one of the great Haut -Brions of the last 25 years, this wine got somewhat lost in the enormous shadow cast by the immortal 1989. It continues to go from strength to strength and is actually more evolved than the 1989, but is showing the classic Haut-Brion scorched earth, fragrant smoked herbs, tobacco, sweet currant, fig and black currant nose. A very opulent/voluptuously textured wine with full body, great concentration, superb purity, low acicity, and very sweet, seamlessly integrated tannin, the wine is already showing great complexity and accessibility, and is extremely difficult to resist. Anticipated matrity:now-2020.

Score: 98 Robert Parker, Bordeaux Book (4), December 2003

The 1990 is creeping up on its older sibling (89), and although it may be more evolved, it is remarkably complex already. A spectacular effort, it is within 2-3 points of a perfect score. Why is this important? It is significantly less expensive than the 89!

  Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (128), April 2000

 

Score: 96 Robert Parker, Bordeaux Book (3), November 1998

Mid to light brick with a very pale rim. Pure hedonism on the nose - more obviously characteristic Haut-Brion warm bricks/roasted than the 2000. Lightish but sweet and voluptuous nose - so ripe and warm it is almost like an ancient old style Chilean (which may strike some as heresy, not least a small sect in Pessac). Caresses the palate. Very complete and long. Mouthfilling, long. Complete. Lighter than the 1989 Haut-Brion. A delicious drink now. You could keep it but what would you be waiting for exactly? This is surely at the peak of its powers. It should drink well for 10-12 years. Date tasted 16th Oct 07.

Score: 18.5 Jancis Robinson MW, JancisRobinson.com, October 2007
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Bewertung Jahrgang 1991 Robert Parker 89 von 100 Punkten WS 90 von 100 Punkten

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Score: 89 Points

1991: This wine has turned out far better than I ever expected.It started off life relatively austere, closed and tannic, and seemed a bit light, but the wine has put on weight (as so many vintages of Haut-Briontend to do) and now shows a very complex nose of cigar tobacco intermixed with scorched earth, sweet cherry and black currant fruit, and some high-quality toast. The wine is medium bodied and a great example fo finesse, elegance, and just brillianct winemaking in a vintage where the odds were stacked against even a great terroir such as Haut-Brion

Score: 89

Robert Parker, Bordeaux Book (4), December 2003

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Bewertung Jahrgang 1992 Robert Parker 90 von 100 Punkten WS 90 von 100 Punkten

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Robert PARKER - The Wine Advocate
(12-1994)
Forty percent of the 1992 harvest was eliminated from Haut-Brion's final blend. The result is a stylish yet authoritatively flavored wine that reminds me of a slightly down-sized version of the superb 1985. A beautiful deep ruby color is followed by a penetrating bouquet of black fruits, smoke, and minerals. Fine ripeness and outstanding richness allied to medium body, an elegant personality, and a supple, moderately tannic finish suggest this wine will be mature in 4-5 years and last for 15-20. A terrific success in 1992!

 

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Bewertung Jahrgang 1993 Robert Parker 90 von 100 Punkten WS 91 von 100 Punkten

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Quite a surprise in a difficult vintage, a strict selcection and the superb terroir of Haut-Brion triumphed over a very challenging year that produced many hard, relatively herbaceous wines. The colour is a suprisingly saturated deep plum/ruby. Some sweet berry fruit intermixed with menthol, graphite,damp earth and a hint of mushroom emerges in this medium -bodied, very elegant Haut-Brion that is still firmly structured but has sweet tannin and suprising length and ripeness. The wine will always represent a sleeper style. Anticipated maturity:2004-2015.

Score: 90 Robert Parker, Bordeaux Book (4), December 2003

 

Score: 92 Robert Parker, Bordeaux Book (3), November 1998

One of the great wines of the vintage, Haut-Brion's 1993 possesses a dark garnet/plum/purple color, an expressive, fragrant, sweet, berry, blackcurrant, mineral, lead pencil, and earthy-scented nose, and medium to full-bodied, concentrated flavours that reveal non of this vintage's hardness or herbaceousness. This layered wine offers sweet tannin, good length, and outstanding purity. Its price is moderate when compared to more recent vintages of Haut Brion. Give it 3-4 years of cellaring and consume it between 2001-2020.

Score: 92 Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (109), February 1997
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Bewertung Jahrgang 1994 Robert Parker 92 von 100 Punkten WS 94 von 100 Punkten, Wein enthält Sulfide

Score: 92 Points

1994: This is one of the surprise sleeper wines of the vintage that has more successes than many people suspect in spite of all the rain. The tremendous dreainage enjoyed by the Haut-Brion vineyard worked in its favour during this wet September harvet. The colour is deep plum/ruby with a bit of lightening at the edge.Notes of compost, truffle,earth,spice box, dried herbs, and licorice compete with sweet black cherry and currant fruit. The wine is medium bodied, with a relatively plump, chewy feel to it. It is certainly one of the top half-dozen or so wines of the two bigger wines that Haut-Brion produced in 1995 and 1996. Anticipated maturity :2004-2024.

Score: 92

Robert Parker, Bordeaux Book (4), December 2003

 

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Bewertung Jahrgang 1995 Robert Parker 96 von 100 Punkten WS 95 von 100 Punkten

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Rating : 96 / 100
Drink Date : 2003 - 2035
Reviewed by : Robert M. Parker, Jr.
Issue Date : 1st Jan 2003

It is fun to go back and forth between the 1995 and 1996, two superb vintages for Haut-Brion. The 1995 seems to have sweeter tannin and a bit more fat and seamlessness when compared to the more structured and muscular 1996. Certainly 1995 was a vintage that the brilliant administrator Jean Delmas handled flawlessly. The result is a deep ruby/purple-colored wine with a tight but promising nose of burning wood embers intermixed with vanilla, spice box, earth, mineral, sweet cherry, black currant, plum-like fruit, medium to full body, a high level of ripe but sweet tannin, and a finish that goes on for a good 40-45 seconds. This wine is just beginning to emerge from a very closed state where it was unyielding and backward. Anticipated maturity: 2006-2035. Last tasted, 11/02.

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Bewertung Jahrgang 1997 Robert Parker 89 von 100 Punkten WS 90 von 100 Punkten

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Score: 89 Points

1997: This light to middle-weight Haut-Brion exhibits an evolved, sweet red and black currant nose with notions of scorched earth, minerals, and tobacco. Although not big, it exhibits fine ripeness, harmony, and elegance, velvety tannin, and sweet fruit presented in a charming, open-knit, evolved format. The wine may develop even more complexity, meriting a higher score. Anticipated maturity: 2001-2014.

Score: 89

Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (128), April 2000

 

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Bewertung Jahrgang 1998 Robert Parker 96 von 100 Punkten WS 95 von 100 Punkten

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This is a prodigious Haut-Brion. It exhibits a dense ruby/purple colour in addition to a tight, but incredibly promising nose of smoke, earth, minerals, lead pencil, black currants, cherries, and spice. This full-bodied wine unfolds slowly but convincingly on the palate, revealing a rich, multitiered, stunningly pure, symmetrical style with wonderful sweetness, ripe tannin, and a finish that lasts for nearly 45 seconds. It tastes like liquid nobility. There is really no other way of describing it. It is unquestionably the finest Haut-Brion since the fabulous1989 and 1990, and the titanic 2000. However, patience is warranted as it is not as flashy and forwardas those two vintages. Anticipated maturity 2008-2035.

Score: 96+ Robert Parker, Bordeaux Book (4), December 2003

As reported over the last two years, this is a prodigious Haut-Brion. It exhibits a dense ruby/purple color in addition to a tight, but incredibly promising nose of smoke, earth, minerals, lead pencil, black currants, cherries, and spice. This full-bodied wine unfolds slowly, but convincingly on the palate, revealing a rich, multi-tiered, stunningly pure, symmetrical style with wonderful sweetness, ripe tannin, and a finish that lasts for nearly 45 seconds. It tastes like liquid nobility. Anticipated maturity: 2008-2035.

Score: 96 Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (134), April 2001

The 1998 continues to emulate the style of recent prodigious Haut-Brions. With all due respect to the glorious 1995, the 1998 appears to be the finest wine produced since Haut-Brion's prodigious 1989 and 1990. It reveals more aromatic and flavor dimensions than it did last year. The dense ruby/purple color is followed by classic, developing aromas of minerals, lead pencil, earth, and black cherries/currants. On the palate, additional dimensions and nuances unfold. Tannic and powerful, but with sweet fruit, ripe tannin, and great length and richness, this profound, firmly-structured Haut-Brion will require 4-6 years of bottle age; it should drink well for three decades.

Score: 94/97 Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (128), April 2000

Jean Delmas is thrilled with what he achieved at Haut-Brion and La Mission-Haut-Brion in 1998. It is one of the great successes of the vintage. Moreover, it is the paradigm for elegance allied to power. The color is an opaque purple. The nose offers up sweet black fruits intermixed with roasted herbs, pain grille, and minerals. There is a sensational, plush texture, yet the wine comes across as medium-bodied, with multiple levels of flavor, as well as gorgeous ripeness and purity. It possesses fine density, but there is no sense of heaviness or imbalance. It is a brilliant classic. Lovers of this estate's distinctive, highly individualized, complex wines should not miss it. Anticipated maturity: 2004-2025.

Score: 94/96 Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (122), April 1999

A deep garnet core with deep brick rim. The nose is just fantastic, just soars from the glass with brilliant delineation and freshness; black olives, blackberry leaf, blueberry and a touch of iodine. At this stage it has slightly more breeding than the La Mission, although that wine has more immediacy. The palate is awesome: full-bodied, more structure than La Mission, nigh on perfect balance and tension. There is a natural quality to this wine, a beguiling sense of harmony that will ensure that this will become the best Haut Brion since the 1989 (on par with the criminally overlooked 1990.) The finish has a gorgeous suppleness to it: notes of blackberry, cherry liqueur, black olives and a touch of oyster shell. Very long in length. Awesome.

Score: 98 Neal Martin, RobertParker.com, May 2008

subtler and slightly more complex, with a cedar, berry, chocolate and light tobacco bouquet and a caressing palate with sweet, ripe fruit, silky tannins and a long finish. It is muscular but toned and slender compared to La Mission’s more solid, brute strength. 98 points.

  James Suckling, WineSpectator.com, November 2006

 

Score: 98 James Suckling, WineSpectator.com

An incredibly rich and complex Haut Brion which could potentially equal the legendary 1989. Aromas of crushed berries, tobacco, lead, cinnamon, spice and wet earth follow through to a gorgeously caressing palate with big, velvety tannins and a long, delicious aftertaste. A triumph for the vintage.

Score: 95/100 James Suckling, Wine Spectator

Bright crimson. Very sweet and opulent on the nose – broad and round. Truly magnificent bouquet already although the palate is a bit austere. Tannins quite pronounced and dry fruit. Difficult to mark this wine – just smell it for the moment! Neat, well balanced on the finish. Just needs a little time for those tannins to soften…Drink 2011-24

Score: 17.5 Jancis Robinson MW, JancisRobinson.com, May 2008

Bit light in colour – mid red. Very correct and zesty and zippy. Lots tucked in there… Great for the long term.

Score: 18+ Jancis Robinson MW, JancisRobinson.com, March 2006

Still incredibly youthful and sporting a lot of fruit, the deep garnet-brick colored 1998 Haut-Brion sashays out of the glass with flamboyant red and black fruits, followed by a train of cassis, blueberry pie and chocolate box notions plus accents of iron ore, dried lavender and underbrush. Medium to full-bodied, the palate is wonderfully rich and decadently seductive in its generosity of fruit and velvety texture, offering seamless freshness and finishing with epic length and compelling minerality. Oh so delicious right now, with careful cellaring it should continue to excite through 2045 and beyond.

Score: 99 Lisa Perrotti-Brown MW, Wine Advocate, May 2018
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Score: 94 Robert Parker, Hedonists Gazette (01/05/2010), May 2010

 

Score: 93 Robert Parker, Bordeaux Book (4), December 2003

Deep plum, currant, and mineral notes emerge from the concentrated, beautifully balanced, pure 1999 Haut Brion. It seems to be cut from the same mold as years such as 1979 and 1985. There is a hint of graphite in the abundant fruit. The wine is medium to full-bodied, nuanced, subtle, deep, and provocatively elegant. It is made in a style that only Haut Brion appears capable of achieving. The finish is extremely long, the tannins sweet, and the overall impression one of delicacy interwoven with power and ripeness. Anticipated maturity: 2007-2025.

Score: 93 Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (140), April 2002

 

Score: 91/93 Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (134), April 2001

 

Score: 93/95 Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (128), April 2000

Seductive juice. Gorgeous aromas of crushed berries, tobacco, cigars and cedar. Full to medium bodied with well-integrated tannins and a long fruity finish. Very fine indeed. Best after 2005. 12500 cases made.

  James Suckling, Wine Spectator (31/3/2), March 2002

 

Score: 91 James Suckling, Wine Spectator (Mar 2002), March 2002

 

Score: 90/94 James Suckling, Wine Spectator

Starting to show some evolution on the rim. Something rather mulch-like/farmyard on the nose. Very solid and very firm and La Mission-like. Polished texture and very mineral-influenced. A lovely drink already though with lots still to give to judge from those tannins in the background.Drink 2008-20

Score: 17.5 Jancis Robinson MW, JancisRobinson.com, May 2008

 

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Tasted from an ex-château bottle in Bordeaux, I was not surprised to find the 2000 Château Haut-Brion flirting with perfection. The nose is simply breathtaking - quintessential Haut-Brion with ebullient red berry fruit, roasted herbs, gravel, terracotta tiles on a warm summer's day...it is simply wave after wave of intoxicating scents that could bring even the most stoic person to tears of joy. The palate displays heavenly balance, pitch-perfect acidity, perhaps spicier than previous bottles that I have tasted, and what depth and dimension in this outstanding wine. That hint of graphite on the finish is a cheeky nod to Pauillac, as if to thumb its nose at the First Growths, because alongside Château Latour, almost by stealth, the Haut-Brion is one of the greatest Bordeaux in this millennial year. Tasted November 2014. Drink: 2020 - 2060.

Score: 99+ Neal Martin, RobertParker.com (225 Interi), July 2016

Its bigger sister, the 2000 Haut-Brion (a blend of 51% Merlot, 43% Cabernet Sauvignon, and the rest Cabernet Franc) showed incredibly at the tasting, and for me is one of the three or four most prodigious wines of the vintage. A compelling nose of roasted herbs, scorched earth, sweet blueberries, plums, black currants, and a hint of graphite is followed by a deep, layered, sumptuously textured, full-bodied Haut-Brion, but one with extraordinary complexity. This wine seems more evolved and approachable than I had expected it to be at age 10. My window of maturity seven years ago was 2012-2040, but I would change that to 2010-2050.

Haut-Brion can be among the trickiest Bordeaux to taste young, often needing a full decade before the extraordinary complexity that marks this terroir begins to emerge. I was thrilled to see how well both the second wine, Bahans Haut-Brion, and Haut-Brion performed in this tasting, and both scores are slight upgrades.

Score: 99 Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (189), June 2010

It will always be tempting to compare the 2000 Haut-Brion with the perfect 2000 La Mission Haut Brion. However, it is not as fat, unctuous, or flamboyant as La Mission, but like a great diplomat, it is a wine of intensity, authority, and measured restraint. A supremely elegant offering, its dense ruby/purple colour, and burgeoning perfume of scorched earch, liquid minerals, plums, black currants, cherries, lead pencil, and subtle spicy oak are followed by a delicate pure and seamless wine. There have been so many recent classics from Haut-Brion, it is absurd to suggest the 2000 is better than the 1998, 1995, or 1990, but it is certainly a prodigous wine of great persistence, length, and complexity. A blend of 51% Merlot, 42% Cabernet Sauvignon, 7% Cabernet Franc, it should prove to be uncommonly long-lived, even by the standards of Haut-Brion. Anticipated maturity 2012-2040.

Score: 98+ Robert Parker, Bordeaux Book (4), December 2003

 

Score: 98+ Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (149), October 2003

It will always be tempting to compare the 2000 Haut-Brion with the perfect 2000 La Mission Haut-Brion. However, it is not as fat, unctuous, flamboyant, or voluminous as La Mission. Yet, like a great diplomat, it is a wine of intensity, authority, and measured restraint. A supremely elegant offering, its dense ruby/purple color, and burgeoning perfume of scorched earth, liquid minerals, plums, black currants, cherries, lead pencil, and subtle spicy oak are followed by a delicate yet powerfully flavorful, multi-layered, highly nuanced, and extraordinarily pure and seamless wine. There have been so many recent classics from Haut-Brion, it is premature to suggest the 2000 is better than the 1998, 1995, 1990, or 1989, but it is certainly a prodigious wine of dazzling persistence, length, and complexity. A blend of 51% Merlot, 42% Cabernet Sauvignon, and 7% Cabernet Franc, it should prove to be uncommonly long-lived, even by the standards of Haut-Brion. Anticipated maturity: 2012-2040.

Score: 98 Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (146), April 2003

This wine possesses a saturated ruby/purple color as well as a striking perfume of wet steel, hot rocks, minerals, plums, black currants, and cherries. Elegant yet deep, delicate yet authoritatively flavorful, this subtle, highly nuanced yet stunningly rich offering is a great Haut-Brion. The wine (a blend of 51% Merlot, 42% Cabernet Sauvignon, and 7% Cabernet Franc) is a sensational Haut-Brion that should be uncommonly long-lived, even by the standards of this noble chateau. Anticipated maturity: 2012-2040.

Score: 96/98 Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (139), February 2002

The 2000 Haut-Brion, a blend of 51% Merlot, 42% Cabernet Sauvignon, and 7% Cabernet Franc, possesses tremendous richness, and a highly-nuanced, complex personality with abundant quantities of black fruits, minerals, vanillin, and subtle earth. It is delicate yet thick, juicy and succulent. However, the 2000 seems to possess an obvious overlay of tannin as well as a degree of precision and freshness, largely attributed to slightly high acidity. A superlative effort. Anticipated maturity: 2007-2035.

Score: 96/98 Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (134), April 2001

 

Score: 94 James Suckling, Wine Spectator (Mar 31, 03), March 2003

 

Score: 94 James Suckling, Wine Spectator Weekly (16 Jan 03), January 2003

 

Score: 92/94 James Suckling, WineSpectator.com, January 2003

Dark crimson with lightening rim. Not especially expressive on the nose at first although some gentle aromatics. Blurry, smudgy impression. The tannins have really come up and the fruit has receded to mingle with all those phenolics. A certain lightness of touch. After an hour the tannins faded a little and the velvety texture became more apparent. Drink 2010-2025. Date tasted 16th Oct 07.

Score: 18 Jancis Robinson MW, JancisRobinson.com (16 Oct 07), October 2007
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Bewertung Jahrgang 2001 Robert Parker 94 von 100 Punkten WS 95 von 100 Punkten

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Haut-Brion's 2001, which was bottled late (the end of September, 2003), possesses an unmistakable nobility as well as a burgeoning complexity. Plum/purple to the rim, this blend of 52% Merlot, 36% Cabernet Sauvignon, and 12% Cabernet Franc is playing it close to the vest, having closed down considerably after bottling. Nevertheless, it reveals pure notes of sweet and sour cherries, black currants, licorice, smoke, and crushed stones. Medium-bodied with excellent purity, firm tannin, and an angular, structured finish, it requires 5-7 years of cellaring. Anticipated maturity: 2009-2020+.

Score: 94 Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (153), June 2004

Haut-Brion's2001 represents only 50%of the production.A blend of 52%Merlot, 36%Cabernet Sauvignon, and 12%cabernet Frank, it is more evolved and slightly lighter than its fleshier, fuller-bodied sibling, the 2000. A moderately intense perfume of iron, sweetand sour chetties, earth, smoke, black currants, plums, and licorice is followed by a medium bodied wine with excellent purity, fine density, supple tannin, and a long, persistent finish.As Haut-Brion often does in its youth, the 2001 is putting on weight.Anticipated maturity:2008-2025. Last tasted,1/03

Score: 92/94 Robert Parker, Bordeaux Book (4), December 2003

The 2001 Haut Brion has added weight, flesh, and substance. It is not as dense or powerful as the 2000, but it is as noble and potentially as complex. A blend of 52% Merlot, 36% Cabernet Sauvignon, and 12% Cabernet Franc, it is more evolved and slightly lighter than its fleshier, fuller-bodied sibling, the 2000. A moderately intense perfume of iron, sweet and sour cherries, earth, smoke, black currants, plums, and licorice is followed by a medium-bodied wine with excellent purity, fine density, supple tannin, and a long, persistent finish. Haut-Brion's 2001 represents only 50% of the production. Anticipated maturity: 2008-2025.

Score: 93/95 Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (146), April 2003

Haut-Brion's 2001 represents only 50% of the production. This extremely powerful blend of 52% Merlot, 36% Cabernet Sauvignon, and 12% Cabernet Franc reveals notes of iron, plums, black currants, cherries, earth, and smoke. The wine possesses excellent purity and medium body. It is a quintessential example of Haut-Brion's elegance and finesse. It is lighter than either the massive 2000 or stunningly convincing 1998. The 2001 is another beauty from the brilliant father and son team of Jean and Jean-Philippe Delmas. Anticipated maturity: 2006-2019.

Score: 92/94 Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (140), April 2002

 

Score: 95 James Suckling, Wine Spectator, March 2002

Bright crimson. Well-knit nose but with quite marked acidity and very dry tannins. An awkward stage? Much closer to the slightly tough La Mission stereotype than either the 2004 or the 2005 tasted immediately beforehand.Drink 2012-25

Score: 17 Jancis Robinson MW, JancisRobinson.com, May 2008

Heavy and dark. Still quite blue. A bit brutal on the nose with masses of fruit – very dense and pretty luscious. Great energy. A little dry on the finish but creditable force and medium length. Introvert. Very dry tannins on the finish after a while.

Score: 18 Jancis Robinson MW, JancisRobinson.com, October 2007
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Bewertung Jahrgang 2002 Robert Parker 89 von 100 Punkten WS 93 von 100 Punkten

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Aromas of minerals, forest floor, fresh mushrooms, plums, and currants are present in the moderately fragrant bouquet. Angular, with hard tannin, medium body, and sweet plums as well as currants, this 2002 is harder and tougher-textured than from barrel. Like many 2002s, it is reserved and angular at present. It remains to be seen whether it will flesh out and reveal more charm and succulence. Anticipated maturity: 2010-2020.

Score: 89 Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (158), April 2005

Whether it’s a coincidence, or because in relatively cool years the first-growth terroirs are brilliant, Haut-Brion has turned out a beautifully classic, medium-bodied, precise and focused 2002 boasting a deep ruby/purple color as well as strikingly elegant aromatics (crushed stones, plums, black cherries, currants, figs, and earth). The wine possesses impressively measured power and elegance offered in a medium-bodied, nicely-structured, exceptionally pure format. It is unusual for Haut-Brion to dominate La Mission Haut-Brion at such a young age, but it certainly does in the 2002 vintage. Anticipated maturity: 2010-2024

Score: 92/94 Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (149), October 2003

Tasted blind at Farr's 2002 Bordeaux tasting. Very good intensity on the nose with blackberry, black olive, gravel and hot bricks/cedar. Great definition. The full-bodied palate is very dense and sturdy with gripping tannins. Very precise, obviously a lot of craftsmanship, but not as complex as some of the other First Growth '02s with autumn leaves fluttering down upon the elegant finish. A lovely wine to drink rather than intellectualize over. Tasted October 2009.

Score: 91 Neal Martin, RobertParker.com, October 2009

Drink 2011-19 Round and heady and easy, real depth and interest. Juicy. Very long.

Score: 17.5+ Jancis Robinson MW, Farr Tasting, October 2009

Starting to get strong La Mission notes on the nose already. The bouquet is developing quite rapidly and again no great density on the palate though good balance and a very fresh, brisk wine for relatively early drinking (because it is not too intense). Nothing out of place but a three-quarter helping of everything,Drink 2010-20

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Bewertung Jahrgang 2003 Robert Parker 95 von 100 Punkten WS 96 von 100 Punkten

Even better, and clearly the best wine made in the Haut-Brion stable in 2003 (the last vintage of the great Jean-Bernard Delmas as administrator), the 2003 Haut-Brion is a blend of 58% Merlot, 31% Cabernet Sauvignon and 11% Cabernet Franc that hit 13% natural alcohol, which seemed high at the time, but given more recent vintages is modest. Dark ruby/plum in color, with no amber or orange at the edge, the wine exhibits an abundance of roasted herbs, hot rocks, black currants, plum, and balsamic notes. Quite rich, medium to full-bodied and more complete, with sweeter tannins than La Mission Haut-Brion, this full-bodied Haut-Brion has hit full maturity, where it should stay for at least a decade. Bravo! Drink 2014-2024

Score: 95 Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (214), August 2014

The blockbuster 2003 Haut-Brion (13% alcohol) possesses extremely high tannin, but that component is well-concealed by a cascade of mulberry, blackberry, cherry, and plum-like fruit. There is even a hint of figs under the blue and red fruit spectrum. While broad and ripe with a sweet, glyceral mouthfeel as well as a long, powerful, persistent finish, it retains its elegance and nobility. A wine of both power and finesse, it will benefit from 3-4 years of cellaring, and keep for 25-30.

Score: 95 Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (164), April 2006

There are only 10,000 cases of this 2003 (12.85% alcohol, high for this estate). A blend of 58% Merlot, 31% Cabernet Sauvignon, and 11% Cabernet Franc, it reveals more tannin and a tougher texture than it did last year. Deep ruby/purple to the rim, with a fragrant bouquet of plums, figs, hot rocks, and tobacco smoke, this medium-bodied claret possesses outstanding concentration and purity, but some toughness to the tannin needs to be resolved. It had just been fined, so perhaps it had not yet fully recovered. It is certainly an outstanding Haut-Brion, but at this stage, I would rank it behind such prodigious classics as the 2000, 1998, 1995, 1990, and 1989. It will be slow to evolve. Anticipated maturity: 2010-2025+.

Score: 93/95 Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (158), April 2005

The 2003 Haut-Brion reveals the vintage’s opulence and low acidity, but it possesses an even higher tannin level than the 2000. A deep ruby/purple color accompanies classic aromas of cranberries, scorched earth, minerals, and blue as well as black fruit notes. It hits the palate with considerable richness and intensity, but is neither overripe nor heavy. Cropped at low yields of 36 hectoliters per hectare, it has a good inner core of depth as well as sweetness. I do not think it will hit the heights of the perfect 1989, but it is a beautifully made, broad, medium to full-bodied claret with vigor, freshness, great texture, and not one trace of over-ripeness. Anticipated maturity: 2009-2025.

Score: 95/98 Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (152), April 2004

This has a lovely lift on the nose with scents of blackberry, a touch of black olives and forest floor. Good definition: very Pessac. The palate is full-bodied, quite burly and savoury with cassis, blackberry and a touch of cedar. Lacks a little finesse for me. Huge grip on the finish, which has a slight irony element to it. A great wine compromised by the growing season. Drink 2012-2025.

Score: 92 Neal Martin, RobertParker.com, March 2008

Full-bodied, thick and rich, offering apple, honey and pear character with just a hint of vanilla. Long and powerful, this really builds on the palate. Subtle yet well-built. A solid white. Goes on and on. Best after 2008.

Score: 94 James Suckling, WineSpectator.com, January 2007

Complex aromas of black licorice, tobacco, cedar and red fruits. The finish lasts for minutes. Loads of fruit. A beauty.

Score: 96 James Suckling, Wine Spectator, February 2006

 

Score: 95/100 James Suckling, Wine Spectator (April 04), April 2004

Incredibly intense aromas of tobacco, chocolate, toasted oak and currants. Super-ripe and exotic. This reminds me of the 1989. Jean-Philippe Delmas says that it could be better than 2000. I certainly agree.

  James Suckling, Wine Spectator

Very dark ruby. Light and racy and definitely more aerien than most. A little bit tart and green on the end. Hard work! (Average group score: 16.7)

Score: 17 Jancis Robinson MW, JancisRobinson.com, October 2010

Impressively dark for a 2003 with colour right out to the rim. Nothing like the intensity of, say, the 2005 on the nose. Lightly dusty/tarry, certainly La Mission, but without real concentration on the mid palate. Mild and gentle compared with many 2003s – no excess of aggressive dry tannins on the finish. Fades rather fast but there is some freshness. Such a contrast to 2005 with its massive dose of everything!Drink 2008-17

Score: 17 Jancis Robinson MW, JancisRobinson.com, May 2008

 

Score: 17.5+ Jancis Robinson MW, JancisRobinson.com (April 04), April 2004

 

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Score: 95 Robert Parker, Hedonists Gazette, August 2009

The dark plum/ruby-hued 2004 Haut-Brion exhibits a noble, discrete, smoky bouquet revealing notions of plum liqueur, black currants, sweet cherries, and subtle earth. In addition to its aromatic complexity, this medium-bodied effort reveals classic elegance and delicacy as well as sweet fruit in the mouth and a long finish. Give this streamlined, civilized wine 2-4 years of bottle age and drink it over the following 20-25 years. It is amazingly similar to Haut-Brion’s 1999.

Score: 92 Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (171), June 2007

Although atypically delicate and light for this estate, the 2004 Haut-Brion exhibits the essence of this fabulous terroir situated in the suburbs of Pessac. Gravelly, smoky, cranberry, black cherry, and plum-like scents jump from the glass of this fresh, medium-bodied red along with notions of road tar, earth, and truffles. Stylish, with crisp acidity, it is a beautifully made, pure, long 2004 to enjoy during its first two decades of life.

Score: 90/92 Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (165), June 2006

An atypically high percentage of Merlot (61%) in addition to 19% Cabernet Franc, and 20% Cabernet Sauvignon make up the 2004 Haut-Brion. Fifty-five percent of the production was utilized for the grand vin, a surprisingly forward, charming, silky effort despite the relatively high tannin. In fact, it reminded me of the 1985 even though those vintage conditions have nothing in common with 2004 other than high yields. In any event, the 2004 is a beautiful effort that is far superior to the 2002. Soft, gentle, and gracious, with a deep plum/ruby/purple color, it offers up aromas of smoked herbs, sweet plums and black cherries, and hints of mulberries as well as earth. Medium-bodied, structured, pure, round, and seductive, with a long finish, there is more here than meets the eye and the palate. Anticipated maturity: 2009-2024.

Score: 93/95 Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (158), April 2005

Wonderful aromas of dried flowers, currants, berries and mineral. Full-bodied, yet reserved and refined. Lovely texture, with a pure silk feel. Seamless and beautiful red. Great length. A joy to taste. Even better than from the barrel. Best after 2012.

Score: 95 James Suckling, WineSpectator.com, March 2007

Classy aromas of flowers, toasted oak and berries follow through to a full-bodied palate, with fine tannins and a long finish. Seamless.

Score: 92/94 James Suckling, Wine Spectator (April 05), April 2005

Medium intensity. Very well integrated, neat nose without massive intensity but attractive inky dryness. Super fresh acidity but not aggressive and lovely supple tannins. There’s not the weight of the 2005 on the palate but there is lovely balance. Really fragrant and fresh.Drink 2013-28

Score: 18.5 Jancis Robinson MW, JancisRobinson.com, June 2008

[M 61%, CS 20%, CF 19%] Deep crimson and just slightly less blue than La Mission. More aromatic lift than La Mission but lots of rigour. Strict framework, tannins more evident than flesh. A low key wine, but then Haut-Brion is always low key. Dry rather than sweet - so unpushy as to be easy to overlook. Fine dry tannins on the finish. A bit denser than La Mission.

Score: 18 Jancis Robinson MW, JancisRobinson.com, August 2005
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The mineral-laced 2005 Haut Brion (56% Cabernet Sauvignon, 39% Merlot and 5% Cabernet Franc) is exquisite. With its elegance and finesse, it is not as powerful as La Mission, but the nobility and complexity of the aromatics, incredible fragrance (subtle smoke and blue, red, and black fruits) that persists in the glass, full-bodied mouthfeel (though very light and delicate on its feet), and incredible length characterize this great Haut-Brion. It is just starting to drink well, and should continue to do so for at least another three decades. It is a tour de force in winemaking, but only 9,000 cases were produced. Drink 2015-2045.

Score: 100 Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (219), June 2015

Another profound effort from Haut-Brion, the 2005 (a 9,000-case blend of 56% Cabernet Sauvignon, 39% Merlot, and the rest Cabernet Franc) has bulked up to the point that it is fair to compare it to the great successes of 1989, 1990, 1995, 1996, 1998, and 2000. A dark ruby/purple color is followed by a nuanced, noble bouquet of blue and red fruits interwoven with wet stones, unsmoked cigar tobacco, scorched earth, and spring flowers. The wine is full-bodied, pure, and complex as well as exceptionally elegant with laser-like precision. The tannins are still serious and substantial, and in that sense, this is a completely different style of Haut-Brion than the opulent, silky-textured 1989 and 1990. As I have written before, it comes across as an improved, more concentrated and structured version of the 1995 or 1998. Patience will be required for this stunner. Anticipated maturity: 2017-2040+

Score: 98 Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (176), April 2008

The 2005 Haut-Brion is another wine that has put on weight over the last year. While I still believe the 1989 is the great classic, it is difficult not to admire the architectural structure and seriousness of this extraordinarily elegant effort. A blend of 56% Cabernet Sauvignon (which came in around 14% natural alcohol), 39% Merlot (over 13% natural alcohol), and 5% Cabernet Franc, only 9,000 cases were produced in this vintage, significantly less than in other great years such as 2000 or 1998. It appears to be a big, bulked-up version of the 1996 or 1995. While almost primordial in its denseness, richness, and body, it retains its elegance and surreal nose of flowers, cherries, pain grille, crushed rocks, flowers, and ripe fruit. Powerful, dense, and in need of a decade of cellaring, this will be a 30 to 40-year Haut-Brion that should end up being a modern day version of the 1955. Although closed at present, it is enormously impressive, and is a treat to taste next to the more flamboyant La Mission Haut-Brion. Anticipated maturity: 2015-2040+.

Score: 96/100 Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (170), April 2007

The 2005 Haut-Brion is an extraordinarily broad, rich, full-bodied effort boasting huge aromas of scorched earth, plum sauce, sweet cherries, black currants, and a hint of toasty oak. The wine possesses huge tannins, which is somewhat deceptive given its viscosity and opulence. Despite its intensity, Haut-Brion is always a model of elegance and symmetry. The profound 2005, which will undoubtedly shut down after bottling, should be less seductive in its youth than either the 1989 or 1990, but it will be incredibly long-lived. Anticipated maturity: 2012-2040+.

Score: 96/100 Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (164), April 2006

The Château Haut-Brion 2005, which unlike the rest of the First Growth was tasted from magnum, has a more audacious and sensual bouquet compared to the La Mission Haut-Brion with copious black cherries, cooked meat, mint and wild heather scents. You could sit and nose this all day. The palate is medium-bodied with filigree tannins. The harmony will leave you breathless. It is underpinned by nigh perfect acidity and astounding weight. Yet it does not overwhelm and remains faithfully classic in style. It is difficult to fault this Haut Brion and do not be surprised if it one day ends up joining the ranks of the 1961, 1989 or 2000. Drink 2020 - 2060

Score: 98+ Neal Martin, RobertParker.com, February 2015

This is a wine that makes you dream. The nose is packed with flowers, sweet tobacco, iodine, spices, raspberries, blackberries, and great freshness. The texture is perfection, pure silk and the fruit is wonderfully complex and subtle. Currants, fresh mushrooms, flowers, and stones fill the mouth and make way to a delightful finish. Please leave this alone until 2020.

Score: 100 James Suckling, WineSpectator.com, April 2011

Superdark for Haut-Brion. The nose is mindblowing. Exotic. Like a bouquet of flowers with raspberries and currants as well as Chinese spices and fruits. Hints of new wood. Full-bodied, with ultrarefined tannins and great length-goes on and on. This is on its way to 100 points. Better than 1989.

Score: 95/100 James Suckling, WineSpectator.com, March 2006

One of my wines of the night, the 2005 Haut-Brion is stratospheric. Remarkably vivid and nuanced, the 2005 presents a compelling mélange of dark flavors laced with the savory/mineral notes that are so typical of Haut-Brion. The 2005 is a thrill to follow in the glass, as it continually reveals new shades of its personality, something I consider a common attribute among all of the world's truly great wines. The dense, explosive finish points to a very bright future. Readers who own the 2005 should be thrilled, as it is truly magnificent.

Score: 100 Antonio Galloni, vinous.com, November 2015

Tasted blind. Exotic, voluptuous nose. Rich and velvety. Arguably over the top but pretty damned glorious really. Still masses of tannins but this could be a very ambitious left bank first!
Drink 2020-2050

Score: 18+ Jancis Robinson MW, JancisRobinson.com, March 2017

From an exceedingly handsome magnum. Very healthy-looking shaded dark ruby. Looks sumptuous. Broad, ripe, flattering warm-bricks Haut-Brion nose. Very heady and gorgeous indeed. Neat and contained but so layered and lovely! The tannins are well in retreat even in this magnum (although they make their presence felt on the very end) but the wine seems sufficiently well built that it will last decades. Very seductive and true to its origins. I hope that most experienced drinkers would be able to identify this blind - a great compliment to it. Not heavy but very dense. 14%
Drink 2020-2050

Score: 19 Jancis Robinson MW, JancisRobinson.com, February 2015

Positively glows! Sweet and luscious with lots of obvious Merlot - maybe more evolved than most Bordeaux 2005s would be? Unusual, a little obviously sweet but very winning indeed. More forward than most. Complex and gorgeous. Drink 2010 - 2022.Date tasted 20th Feb 09.

Score: 17.5+ Jancis Robinson MW, JancisRobinson.com, July 2009

Bright, deep crimson. Super-healthy looking. Briary autumn leaf like nose. Strongly aromatic. Very dry start but with wonderful spread of ripe, leafy fruit, plus a hint of ripe red berries, over the palate. Only medium body – it’s not alcohol but concentration that distinguishes this wine. Very dry finish and then an aftertaste that spreads out like a peacock’s tail. Great potential but it would be a shame to drink this for at least 8, preferably 10, years.Drink 2018-40

Score: 19 Jancis Robinson MW, JancisRobinson.com, May 2008

56% M 39% CS, 5% CF (45% grand vin). Very very dark crimson with maroon rim. Truly great, very savoury, appetising absolutely classic, true Haut-Brion scents of minerals as a grace note on extraordinary ripeness without fatness. Bravissimo! What delicacy with power! There is masses and masses dug in underneath here - weight and tannin and dryness on the finish but it's all covered with a fine cashmere blanket. A tiny bit of heat on the end? Extraordinary fan of flavours. Great lift and precision and then length. Absolutely no sweetness - what a contrast to many of yesterday's St-Emilions! You wouldn't think they were at all in the same region. Drink 2018-40

Score: 19.5 Jancis Robinson MW, JancisRobinson.com, April 2006

Bright ruby-red. Wonderfully expressive nose combines black raspberry, mocha, hot stones, caramel and tobacco. Lush, fat and full but with terrific definition and suavity to its extravagantly dense black raspberry, stone and licorice flavors. As large-scaled as this is, it's not at all overly sweet. Expands impressively on the back half, finishing with substantial tannins that are thoroughly covered by fruit. A great vintage for Haut-Brion.

Score: 97 Stephen Tanzer, International Wine Cellar, June 2008

A magical wine that just has it all. Elegant bouquet of dark fruits with a note of violet and added pinch of complexity. Beautifully textured palate of layered fruit and fine, silky tannins. Great depth and wonderful freshness and balance. Drink 2015-2040

Score: 19.5 James Lawther MW, Decanter Magazine, April 2006

 

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The 2006 Haut-Brion performed even better from bottle than it did from barrel. Sixty-four percent of the production went into this wine, and while it displays the vintage's powerful tannins and structure, it possesses superb concentration, and the minerality/scorched earth notes of a great Haut-Brion. Medium to full-bodied, with perhaps not quite the fleshiness of the 2005 or 2000, it is built more along the lines of the 1998 and 1996. It is a brilliant effort displaying sensational purity, texture, and length that should be exceptionally long-lived. Anticipated maturity: 2017-2035 .

Score: 96 Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (181), February 2009

The 2006 Haut-Brion was somewhat closed when I tasted it, especially when compared to its blockbuster rival/sibling, La Mission Haut-Brion. The Haut-Brion (11,000 cases) is a tannic, backward wine at present revealing classic notes of smoke, scorched earth, liquid minerals, plums, currants, and cherries, medium body, and sensational purity as well as concentration. The high tannins will no doubt soften with aging in barrel, and, as Haut-Brion often does, the wine should expand and put on weight. While not as superb as the 2005 or 2000, the 2006 appears to be built along the lines of the 1996. Anticipated maturity: 2015-2030+.

Score: 92/94+ Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (170), April 2007

The 2006 Château Haut-Brion has a more ostentatious bouquet than the comparatively reserved La Mission: quite feisty blackberry, briary, kirsch and red plum scents, hints of leather and sage tucked just underneath. This is a bouquet determined to make an impression! The palate is medium-bodied with supple tannin, well-judged acidity, a gentle build to a concentrated, earthy, truffle-tinged finish that lingers long in the mouth. This seems to have the upper-hand over the La Mission and probably has a longer future. A thoroughbred from Jean-Philippe Delmas and his team.

Score: 96 Neal Martin, RobertParker.com, May 2016

Tasted at Haut Brion. Limpid, purple and black hue. A very ripe nose, a little muted at present but with aeration reveals blackberry, hedgerow, a touch of vanilla and black tea, Very good definition. Nose explodes after 25 minutes in glass. Full-bodied with grippy, filigree tannins (like La Mission), fine acidity. The persistency is superb, lingering over a minute in the mouth. Touch of tobacco, blackberry - all that is lacking is a flourish and flesh on the finish - just a little linear at the moment, although that may change after barrel ageing. Great potential. Tasted April 2007.

Score: 94/96 Neal Martin, RobertParker.com, April 2007

Captivating aromas of coffee, spice, violets and cedar follow through to a full-bodied palate, with refined tannins and a long finish. Lovely refinement for the vintage.

Score: 92/94 James Suckling, WineSpectator.com, March 2007

57 Merlot, 41% Cabernet Sauvignon, 2% Cabernet Franc. The grand vin represents 59% of total production.
Firm deep crimson. Complex rather hidden nose - savoury and embryonic, tobacco perhaps. Round and lively - rather charming already on the palate. Lively fresh tannins on the finish and sufficient fruit in the middle to give one confidence to believe that the wine will eventually be well balanced. Certainly pretty inky overall though - the difference between it and La Mission is the fruit weight in the middle. Elegant rather than angular. More solid matter and a little more gravitas and majesty than La Mission.

Score: 18 Jancis Robinson MW, JancisRobinson.com, April 2007

Medium ruby-red. Inviting aromas of plum, warm stones, red licorice and menthol. Suave, gentle and elegantly styled; distinctly sweeter and lusher today than the La Mission, with even more mid-palate depth. Showing more red fruits today as well, with pungent minerality giving the wine lift and juiciness. Finishes with suave but substantial building tannins. Last year this wine was showing its spine while La Mission was more opulent; in bottle it's the other way around.

Score: 95 Stephen Tanzer, International Wine Cellar, May 2009

Bright ruby-red. Reticent but pure aromas and flavors of black raspberry, smoke and minerals. Tightly wound and a bit youthfully sullen; comes across as less opulent than the 2006 La Mission, with a firm tannic spine that's less fully enrobed by the wine's mid-palate stuffing. This very structured, minerally Haut-Brion is going to need at least a solid decade of bottle aging. Perhaps best today on the very aromatic finish. Today it's the 2006 La Mission that sings.

Score: 92/94 Stephen Tanzer, International Wine Cellar, June 2008

The mix of flavours gives exciting complexity, first blackcurrant then bilberry, all backed by minerals and smoky flavours. The palate has breadth and fruit richness with towards the back a lighter and more elegant feel.

Score: 90/94 Derek Smedley MW, April 2007
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A brilliant effort, the 2007 Haut-Brion offers up aromas of crushed rocks, graphite, plum sauce, raspberries, and black cherries. The aromatics are truly complex for a three year-old wine. While the wine does not possess the fat and succulence of its nearby neighbor, La Mission Haut-Brion, its elegance, finesse, and nobility are apparent. Medium-bodied, rich, and intense with stunning aromatics, it can be drunk now or cellared for 15 years.

Score: 92 Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (188), April 2010

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Score: 91/94 Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (176), April 2008

The 2007 Haut Brion has a perfumed bouquet with abundant red fruit, sage, sandalwood and black olive scents that just seem to soar from the glass. The palate is medium-bodied with fine tannin, beautifully judged acidity and a gentle build in the mouth towards the savory/meaty finish. There is class interwoven into this Haut Brion from start to finish, and the persistence is very impressive. This is just reaching its drinking plateau. Tasted February 2017.
Drink Date 2019 - 2040

Score: 94 Neal Martin, Wine Advocate (231), June 2017

A blend of 43% Merlot, 44% Cabernet Sauvignon and 13% Cabernet Franc. Like many wines of the vintage, this is loath to reveal its aromas upon first sniff and demands coaxing. Certainly there is a lot of richness with blackberries, crème de cassis, a touch of black olives and oyster shell. Perhaps it does not quite have the supreme focus of La Mission. I am taken more by the palate than the nose. Very pure ripe fruits, seamless tannins, sensuous, quite a ravishing Haut-Brion that is more precocious than many others. This is either going to turn out one degree over-ripe or perhaps the best of the First Growths? I look forward to finding out. Tasted April 2008.

Score: 93/94 Neal Martin, RobertParker.com, April 2008

Fabulous nose of crushed berry, dark chocolate, violet and licorice. Medium-to-full body, very silky tannins and a mineral, berry and silky finish. Slightly austere, but very pretty and racy. 43 percent Merlot, 44 percent Cabernet Sauvignon and 13 percent

Score: 89/92 James Suckling, WineSpectator.com, April 2008

43% Merlot, 44% Cabernet Sauvignon, 13% Cabernet Franc. Very impressive depth of crimson. My first smell of this wine reminded me of what had been missing in my two days of Bordeaux tasting up to then: sheer Bordeaux class! Nuances, top notes and bottom notes. Some spice, a hint of top quality oak, lots of Haut-Brion minerality. Lovely spread across the palate very supple even in this wine no great tannic charge. All the thrill is up front. On the finish it is neat but not lingering and the acidity just peeks out above the very fine tannins. Very sensitively made, possibly the best red bordeaux 2007 of all, but still definitely a 2007! I think that next to, say, a more complete vintage it would be wanting, which is why I have not given it a higher score. Not much volume but what there is has been beautifully handled. Drink 2012-24

Score: 18 Jancis Robinson MW, JancisRobinson.com, April 2008

Good full medium red-ruby. Complex nose melds black raspberry, licorice, tobacco and hot rocks; there's a suggestion of almost candied ripeness here. Then ripe, sweet and full, with a lush texture and considerable density to the plum and cherry flavors. Very nicely balanced wine, finishing with excellent breadth and length. This will evolve more quickly than the 2006 or 2007 but has solid structure nonetheless.

Score: 91/94 Stephen Tanzer, International Wine Cellar, June 2008

The nose is packed with ripe black berried fruit, a complex mix of bilberry and blackcurrant backed by firmer sloe. The tannins give an excellent structure but they feel ripe allowing the fleshy black fruits to fill the mouth with supple richness

Score: 92/96 Derek Smedley MW, April 2008

Dense, purple-red. Spicy nose, with cherry and coffee aromas, bright. Palate has voluptuous, silky fruit, good ripeness and firm tannins with a touch of greenness evident. Very silky, lovely weight of fruit and excellent balance. Easier, shorter-term wine than recent vintages. Drink 2015-28. 5 stars.

Score: 18.5 Decanter Magazine, Decanter.com
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This is profound! 2008 Haut-Brion: The extraordinary 2008 Haut-Brion is a candidate for -wine of the vintage.- Composed of 50% Cabernet Sauvignon, 41% Merlot and 9% Cabernet Franc, it reveals more evolution and complexity in its large-scaled perfume. The dense purple color is followed by a sweet nose of creosote, asphalt, blueberries, black currants and jammy raspberries, sweet tannins, a savory, fleshy mouthfeel and a stunning finish. This incredibly pure, noble wine was produced from one of the estate-s smallest crops (only 7,000 cases produced versus the usual 12,000 cases). It should drink well for three decades or more.

Score: 96 Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (194), May 2011

Production for the 2008 Haut-Brion represents only 35% of the grapes harvested, and while production can be over 12,000 cases in an abundant vintage, 2008 will be one of their smallest ever, with only 7,000 cases produced from a blend of 50% Cabernet Sauvignon, 41% Merlot, and 9% Cabernet Franc. The 2008 reminds me of a hypothetical blend of the 1996 and 1998. It is a classic, elegant, but substantial Haut-Brion with a dense ruby/purple color as well as crushed rock, spring flower, blueberry, and black currant characteristics presented in a vivid, vibrant, full-bodied style that cuts an ethereal feel across the palate. Haut-Brion is somewhat akin to Cheval Blanc in that it can be seemingly light on the palate, but very intense in flavor. That is the case with the 2008. There is plenty of tannin, but it is very ripe. This impressive, deep wine requires patience, and a ten year wait is mandatory. This formidable Haut-Brion should have a 40-50 year lifeline.

Score: 95/97 Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (182), April 2009

The 2008 Haut Brion has a very perfumed and floral bouquet: ebullient raspberry coulis and crushed strawberry fruit, sage and a hint of black olive. It just builds momentum in the glass. The palate is medium-bodied with fine tannin. It feels a little grainy in texture, centered upon gravelly black fruit laced with black olive and smoke. It felt more austere than I expected, the finish reserved and somehow "contained" and yet the aftertaste is extraordinarily long. Avoid opening bottles for now because this was always one of the standout wines of the vintage, but at 10 years old it might be going through a dumb phase. 2025 - 2055

Score: 95+ Neal Martin, vinous.com, February 2018

Tasted ex-château and single blind in Southwold. Tasted from two bottles, the Haut Brion 2008 has an austere, quite earthy bouquet with brambly red fruit, wild strawberry and cranberry, well-integrated new oak and palpable mineralité. The palate is medium-bodied with a succulent entry; fine acidity, very svelte tannins with judicious creamy new oak rounding off the seductive, yet muscular finish with a peacock's tail of graphite and sous-bois on the aftertaste. Difficult to separate from La Mission at the moment, although I think this is the longer-term bet. Tasted January 2012.

Score: 95+ Neal Martin, RobertParker.com, January 2012

A blend of 41% Merlot, 50% Cabernet Sauvignon and 9% Cabernet Franc. The nose is very expressive, ripe redcurrants, wild strawberries, a touch of gravel and a little wild hedgerow and black plum. The bouquet appears to be more expressive than recent vintages. The palate is very well balanced and slightly grainy, very fresh, lots of energy on the finish with a minerally undertow. The focus is very impressive: one feels this is an Haut-Brion that will blossom after bottling, for unlike the nose, the palate feels as if it is holding something back. Firm tannins, traces of earth and bay leaf on the finish. Excellent - but patience is necessary. Tasted April 2009

Score: 94/96 Neal Martin, RobertParker.com, April 2009

A very complex wine, with black licorice, sweet tobacco, blackberry and earth. Full-bodied and long, with big, juicy tannins and lots of bright fruit, mushroom, earth and decadent fruit flavors. The most powerful wine of the vintage. Only 35 percent of the total production (normally this is 50 percent or 55 percent). Shows the selection.

Score: 93/96 James Suckling, WineSpectator.com, April 2009

41% Merlot, 50% Cabernet Sauvignon, 9% Cabernet Franc.Much deeper colour than La Mission 2008. Really powerful dark purple colour. Minerals and lightness of touch on the nose. The most solid red from this stable but a little muted at this stage. Very firm, even slightly austere Cabernet tannins and pretty drying on the finish. Far from opulent. Needs, like La Mission, to put on a bit of flesh. Medium persistence. Impressive purity of fruit - the opposite of tarted up.

Score: 18 Jancis Robinson MW, JancisRobinson.com, April 2009

Although the black fruited mix on the nose is ripe with lots of richness and depth there is an
attractive smoky character. The palate has a sweetness of flavour blackcurrant and black cherry
underpinned by liquorice and bitter chocolate. The tannins give structure but feel ripe and the
finish is supple and fruit rich. 2015-2035

Score: 95 Derek Smedley MW, November 2012

The nose is power packed a rich mix of blackberry and sloe backed by smoky fragrances. The weight of fruit showing on the nose is there on the palate, lots of black fruited flavours. Although the tannins are firm forming a cage around the fruit they feel ripe so not detracting from the richness.

Score: 92/96 Derek Smedley MW, April 2009

(50% Cabernet Sauvignon, 41% Merlot, 9% Cabernet Franc; final blend represents 35% of the crop.) Fine black-red, really lovely, seductive small berry fruit, already satiny in texture on the palate with great precision of fruit, but also quite fleshy in a restrained sense, a wine of great breed and class that will show the earthy/taffeta style of Haut-Brion to perfection. Drink 2020-40.

Score: 19 Steven Spurrier, Decanter Magazine, April 2009
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What a blockbuster effort! Atpically powerful, one day, the 2009 Haut Brion may be considered to be the 21st century version of the 1959. It is an extraordinarily complex, concentrated effort made from blend of 46% Merlot, 40% Cabernet Sauvignon and 14% Cabernet Franc with the highest alcohol ever achieved at tihs estate, 14.3%. Even richer than the perfect 1989, with similar technical numbers although slightly higher extract and alcohol, it offers up a sensational perfume of subtle burning of ambers, unsmoked cigar tobacco, charcoal, black raspberries, wet gravel, plums, figs and blueberries. There is so much going on in the aromatics that one almost hesitates to stop smelling it. However, when it hits the palate, it is hardly a letdown. This uncfuously textured, full-bodied 2009 posesses low acidity along with stunning extract and remarkable clarity of a wine with a pH close to 4.0. The good new is that there are 10,500 for a cases of the 2009, one of the most compelling examples of Haut-Brion ever made. It requires a decade of cellaring and should last a half century or more. Readers who have loved the complexity of Haut-Brion should be prepared for a bigger, richer, more massive wine, but one that does not lose any of its prodigious aromatic altractions.

Score: 100 Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (199), February 2012

There are 10,500 cases of the 2009 Haut-Brion, from a blend of 46% Merlot, 40% Cabernet Sauvignon, and 14% Cabernet Franc. For technicians, the highest ever natural alcohol, 14.3%, was achieved, with a pH of 3.9, which is about the same as the 1989 and 1990, as well as 1959. This is the kind of wine to send chills even up my spine, and I have been tasting here for nearly 30 years. An extraordinary nose of plum, blueberry, raspberry, crushed rock, and that intriguing floral as well as unsmoked cigar tobacco note (a classic sign of this terroir) is followed by a wine of creamy unctuosity reminiscent of 1989, but there is a freshness, vibrancy and precision that is historic and possibly unprecedented. Some graphite emerges as the wine sits in the glass, but the wine is very thick while at the same time precise and elegant. This is the quintessential expression of one of the greatest wine terroirs of the world. To reiterate, the good news is that there are going to be 10,500 cases of Haut-Brion in 2009, which is about 1,500 more cases than the 9,000 produced in 2005. This wine will probably need 7-8 years of cellaring when released and evolve as well as the 1959 has (which is still a perfect wine today), so we're realistically talking 50-75 years when stored in a cool cellar. (Tasted once.)

Score: 98/100 Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (188), April 2010

Tasted at the chateau. The Haut-Brion '09 is a blend of 46% Merlot, 40% Cabernet Sauvignon and 14% Cabernet Franc, 14.3% alcohol, pH 3.84. The bouquet is markedly different from La Mission: far more rounded and opulent, much more sweet, ripe fruit with blackberry, red cherry, cassis and a touch of crème de menthe. This is one of the most decedent Haut-Brion's that I have tasted at this stage. The palate is full-bodied, layers of tannic black fruits, huge structure, dense and demonstrative. Blackberry, a touch of tar and graphite, some black olive towards the finish, almost a tidal wave of flavours. Huge grip on the dry finish, but incredible persistency in the mouth. Tasted April 2010.

Score: 96/98 Neal Martin, RobertParker.com, April 2010

Aromas of forest floor, currants and blueberries, with hints of fresh tobacco and sliced mushrooms. Turns to orange peel and blueberries. Full-bodied, with incredible structure. This is so powerful in tannins, yet so polished. This is the most structured Haut-Brion that I have ever tasted. This has 15% Cabernet Franc, which is more than normal and perhaps giving the wine a little more tannic structure. A monumental Haut-Brion made to age for centuries. I have never tasted a young Haut-Brion, with such spellbinding power and depth. A modern 1945 or 1961 HB? Better than the legendary 1989? Try in 2021

Score: 100 James Suckling, JamesSuckling.com, February 2012

A dark and brooding wine, delivering blackberry, black licorice, mahogany, subtle grilled meat and raspberry jam. Full-bodied, with layers of ripe and chewy tannins. Loads of fruit yet subtle and reserved, and a long, long finish. Super fruit, yet held back. A 2005 in the remaking, but perhaps slightly supercharged.

Score: 97/100 James Suckling, WineSpectator.com, March 2010

57% of the crop went into this. The alcohol level was 14% in 2005 when there was lots of Merlot, but in 2009 when the assemblage was 46% Merlot, 40% Cabernet Sauvignon, 14% Cabernet Franc, it reached 14.3%, the highest ever. What problems did this cause? Jean-Philippe Delmas was asked. 'To find the right yeast.' He smiled, adding, 'and the fermentation was very long: three weeks with a very long malolactive fermentation. This was the first time they had such high alcohols with Cabernet. Dark crimson with a little more blue than La Mission. LOVELY supple exciting nervy nose with a great deal of integrity and complexity already. Reminds me a little of Ch Margaux in its immediate appeal and class, even if the actual aromas are different (though equally terroir-driven). Real knockout stuff with lovely suppleness on the palate and real grace. Not a blockbuster, amazingly; it seems beautifully balanced. It has the same dense tannic charge but with a bit more fruit and less austerity than La Mission. Very long. So it's definitely Haut-Brion, just more concentrated than usual! Lots of pleasure and luxury. Date tasted 2nd April 2010. Drink 2018-2040.

Score: 19 Jancis Robinson MW, JancisRobinson.com, April 2010
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Only 60% of the total production made it into the final blend, which consists of 50% Merlot, 39& Cabernet Sauvignon & 11% Cabernet Franc. This wine has completely shut down since it was first bottled. Nevertheless, there is immense potential. This is a relatively structured, backward style of Haut-Brion, without the up-front succulence that some of the sweeter vintages such as 1989 and 1990 provide. The wine has a deep ruby colour to the rim and a subtle but emerging nose of scorched earth, dried herbs, black currants, smoke, and a hint of fig. The wine is very concentrated, powerfully tannic, with medium body and outstanding equilibrium, but currently the wine seems to have settled into a very dormant style. Anticipated maturity: 2008-2035.

Score: 95 Robert Parker, Bordeaux Book (4), December 2003

The backward 1996 Haut Brion was bottled in July 1998. Even administrator Jean Delmas was surprised by how closed it was when I tasted it in January. Only 60% of the crop was utilised in the final blend, which was 50% Merlot, 39% Cabernet Sauvignon, and 11% Cabernet Franc. Out of barrel, this wine exhibited far more forthcoming aromatics as well as a sweeter mid-palate than it revealed from bottle. I had expected it to be more forward, and thus slightly downgraded the wine, although I am thrilled to own it and follow what appears will be a slow evolution. It will be a potentially long-lived wine, but I suspect it is slightly less successful than the extraordinary 1995. The 1996 exhibits a deep ruby/purple colour, and a surprisingly tight bouquet. With aeration, notes of fresh tobacco, dried herbs, smoke, asphalt, and black fruits emerge … but reluctantly. It is tannic and medium-bodied, with outstanding purity and a layered, multidimensional style. However, the finish contains abundant tannin, suggesting that this wine needs 5-8 years of cellaring. Anticipated maturity: 2008-2030.

Score: 92+ Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (122), April 1999

Haut Brion utilized only 60% of its production in the 1996 final blend (50% Merlot, 39% Cabernet Sauvignon, 11% Cabernet Franc). While it is undoubtedly true that the appellations of Pessac-Leognan and Graves were less successful in 1996 than the Medoc, the wines produced under the administration of Jean Delmas are brilliant in the 1996 vintage, continuing a trend that has made Haut Brion one of the most consistent first-growths in Bordeaux (consider the superlative performances in such difficult vintages as 1993, 1992 and 1987). The 1996 Haut Brion has put on weight, and was even sweeter and more fragrant in November than it was earlier in the year. The wine exhibits a dark ruby colour with purple nuances. Haut Brion's signature is most frequently its glorious perfume of tobacco, black fruits, smoke, and dried herbs, combined with sweet, supple fruit, all crammed into a concentrated wine that never has the weight or tannic power of a Medoc, or the thick unctuousness of a top right bank wine. It is never the biggest of the first growths but it is usually among the most compelling wines of this elite group, with the most profound set of aromatics of any of its peers. That being said, the 1996 should turn out to be an exquisite wine, perhaps slightly more structured and backward than the superb 1995, but very rich, with gobs of smoky, cherry, tobacco-tinged fruit, medium body, exceptional purity and equilibrium, and a long, moderately tannic finish. The tannins taste extremely sweet. Anticipated maturity: 2004-2030. Last tasted 3/98.

Score: 95/96+ Robert Parker, Bordeaux Book (3), November 1998

The Haut Brion 1996 continues to shine as one of the estate's standout releases of the decade. There is something perhaps a little rustic on the nose at first, more "animally" than I have noticed on previous bottles. But it just oozes Graves-like fruit, hints of black olive, scorched earth and undergrowth. This is a nose you can lose yourself in. The palate is medium-bodied with a fine line of acidity, the tannins having just softened a little since two years ago. It is very elegant, extremely well balanced and there is a subtle, insistent crescendo that is utterly entrancing. This is an Haut Brion that is simply full of character. Superb. Drink 2015-2025. Tasted December 2013.

Score: 96 Neal Martin, RobertParker.com, May 2014

Second bottle. Smells really quite evolved. Second bottle much cleaner on the nose – very fresh and brisk and confident. Strides along! Racy and muscular. Great balance. Should have a great future ahead. Very well balanced and long.2008-30

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Sweet, very ripe nose. Round and charming. Great intensity but also subtlety. Dry finish. Long, captivating. Not the greatest clarity though - almost muddy. I kept on marking it down as it oxidised in the glass. Drink 2009-25

Score: 18 Jancis Robinson MW, JancisRobinson.com, September 2006
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The unbelievably superb 2011 Haut-Brion (a tiny production of 7,600 cases from a blend of 46% Cabernet Sauvignon, 35% Merlot, and 19% Cabernet Franc) exhibits a classic nose of subtle smoldering embers, warm rocks, black currants, new saddle leather, spice box and high quality, unsmoked cigar tobacco. The color is a dense ruby/purple to the edge, and the wine cuts a serious as well as broad swath across the palate. The most amazing aspect of this terroir is that the wine, despite all its power and richness, literally dances on the palate, as if it were a 90 pound ballerina. This brilliant 2011 should evolve quickly, hitting its prime in 7-8 years, and drink beautifully for 20-25 years.

Score: 95 Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (212), May 2014

Like its stablemate La Mission-Haut-Brion, Haut-Brion's 2011 production was small, only 7,600 cases, which is nearly 3,000 fewer cases than in 2009. A blend of 46% Cabernet Sauvignon, 35% Merlot and 19% Cabernet Franc, it is interesting to taste the 2011 Haut-Brion next to the more open-knit, seductive 2011 La Mission Haut-Brion. The former wine is more firm, backward and earthy with a more formidably structured style. Undeniably elegant, distinctive and original, it exhibits notes of mulberries, plums, blueberries and raspberries. Jean-Philippe Delmas told me that in many ways the 2011 reminds him of the 2008 from an aromatic and structural profile. There is plenty of tannin, and the 2011 has 25-30 years of aging potential. It may be more reminiscent of a vintage such as 1988, but it is better made as well as being the product of a far stricter selection process.

Score: 92/95 Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (200), April 2012

The Haut Brion is a blend of 34.8% Merlot, 18.9% Cabernet Franc and 46.3% Cabernet Sauvignon. The bouquet has a little more thrust than the La Mission with a little more opulence, although perhaps not the same degree of clarity and showing slightly more alcohol (but nothing to get concerned about.) It has good weight, firm rigid tannins and a weightier framework than La Mission. It is concentrated and generous with very good focus, a crescendo of flavours towards the finish and very good grip. A masterful Haut-Brion that is more voluminous than La Mission at present. Tasted April 2012.

Score: 94/96 Neal Martin, RobertParker.com, April 2012

Lots of subtle redcurrant and berry character, with flowers and sweet tobacco on the nose. Full body, super-integrated tannins and a light shaved-chocolate, berry and cedar character. A decadence and beauty to this that wakes you up. Better in 2018.

Score: 96 James Suckling, JamesSuckling.com, January 2014

Complex aromas of brown sugar, sweet tobacco and dark fruits. Turns to hints of prunes and cocoa. Full-bodied, with ultra fine tannins and a wonderful length. Refined and silky. Beautiful balance. Such wonderful length. Turns chewy yet very polished.

Score: 94/95 James Suckling, JamesSuckling.com, April 2012
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Der Jahrgang 2012 ist mit 98 von 100 Punkten von Robert Parker bewertet

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The 2012 Haut Brion (65% Merlot, 33% Cabernet Sauvignon, 2% Cabernet Franc) is certainly one of the candidates for the wine of the vintage, with a dense purple color, classic nose of crushed rock, lead pencil shavings, black raspberry, blueberry and flowers. The wine shows subtle barbecue smoke notes in the background, but is full-bodied, stunningly concentrated and builds incrementally, yet finishes with luxurious, almost extravagant amounts of fruit and intensity. From only 46% of the production, this is an absolutely remarkable effort from the Dillon family and their winemaking team of the two Jean-Philippes. Drink it over the next 30-40 years. Drink 2015-2055.

Score: 98 Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (218), April 2015

The 2012 Haut-Brion, which represents only 46% of the production, is a blend of 65% Merlot, 33% Cabernet Sauvignon and 2% Cabernet Franc. One of the stars of the vintage, it is a complete, medium to full-bodied, soft, round, atypically accessible effort displaying lots of minerality along with red and black fruits, exceptional fragrance and purity, a fleshy mid-palate and a long finish. A remarkable fact in both these wines is that the alcohol levels in 2012 hit 14.8%, which nearly equals the record levels achieved in 2010 - that's astonishing! This 2012 should drink well 3-4 years after bottling, and last for 20-25 years.

Score: 93/95 Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (206), April 2013

Tasted blind at the Southwold 2012 tasting, the 2012 Haut-Brion has an open and generous bouquet with blackcurrant pastille, cassis and briary aromas the exude very pure Merlot. The palate is medium-bodied with a sumptuous opening that is rare in 2012: rounded and generous, caressing in the mouth with black plum and blackcurrant towards the finish, residues of truffle and white pepper lingering on the aftertaste that turn very savory after 15 minutes—bacon fat or Italian cured meats. There is a lot to love about this Haut-Brion although in this blind showing I scored it the same as La Mission Haut-Brion. Who will stick their neck out as the two wines mature? Tasted January 2016.

Score: 96+ Neal Martin, RobertParker.com (227), October 2016

The Grand Vin is a blend of 65.5% Merlot, 32.5% Cabernet Sauvignon and 2% Cabernet Franc, which is one of the highest percentages of Merlot. It has a ripe, generous bouquet with hints of orange blossom and liquorice infused the red fruit profile. The Merlot clearly defined the character of the 2012. The palate is medium-bodied with a firm grip on the entry - more so than La Mission. This is deeper and more structured than the La Mission, perhaps quite masculine which is quite surprising considering the blend. It has great length. This is one of the great successes of the vintage and there is a clear gap between here and La Mission. Tasted April 2013.

Score: 95/97 Neal Martin, RobertParker.com, May 2013

This is fabulous for the vintage with a super long finish of ultra-fine tannins. Full and racy with a wonderful texture. This is the most Merlot ever in Haut-Brion. Rich too. One of the wines of the vintage. 65.5% Merlot, 32.5% Cabernet Sauvignon, and 2% Cabernet Franc.

Score: 95/96 James Suckling, JamesSuckling.com, April 2013

A big, powerful wine, the 2012 Haut-Brion possesses stunning richness and intensity, with all of the depth that is lacking in so many other wines in this vintage. Not here. The 2012 possesses remarkable depth and tons of raw, animal power that is going to require considerable time in bottle to soften. Readers should be in no rush; the 2012 Haut-Brion is a wine for the ages. Smoke, graphite, dried herbs and blue/purplish stone fruits grace the exotic, alluring finish. Drink 2027-2052.

Score: 97 Antonio Galloni, vinous.com, January 2016

65.5% Merlot, 32.5% Cabernet Sauvignon, 2% Cabernet Franc. Much less aromatic than La Mission. Dense and dark. Rich and sumptuous. Some spiciness. Very broad and rich. Very grand. And easy to see where it comes from and how it will proceed. Very pure. Much more forward than La Mission. Zesty but with grandeur and great persistence. Drink 2022-2045

Score: 18.5 Jancis Robinson MW, JancisRobinson.com, April 2013
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