(1997 Vintage) One recognizes the familiar burnt fragrance along with traces of barrel wood, whiffs of damp earth and odors of ripe berries combining with the rich unctuosity of ripened banana.
In the mouth the volume is impressive with its grainy tannins sometimes showing silky and soft and then again as ever-present and firm.
The presence of these classic tannins obviate its enormous capacity to develop into a great vintage. Already a delicious wine the characteristic Haut-Brion trait showing tannins simultaneously soft and firm assure its lengthy, lingering, satisfying taste as it caresses the palate.
Robert Parker(1982 Vintage) Rating: 94/100 - As reviewed by The Wine Advocate in Issue 129
Wine Advocate(1982 Vintage) Rating: 94/100 - As reviewed in Wine Advocate # 102 on Dec-95
Wine Spectator(1982 Vintage) Rating: 95/100 - As reviewed by Wine Spectator
Robert Parker(2003 Vintage) Rating: 95/100 - As reviewed by Robert Parker on 04/01/2006
Wine Spectator(2007 Vintage) Rating: 91/100 - As reviewed by Wine Spectator on 03/31/2010