(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.
Wine Advocate(2002 Vintage) Rating: (87-89) - As reviewed in Wine Advocate # 149 on Oct-03
Robert Parker(2011 Vintage) Rating: 95/100 - As reviewed by Robert Parker on 04/21/2014
Wine Advocate(1987 Vintage) Rating: 87/100 - As reviewed in Wine Advocate # 88 on Aug-93
Robert Parker(1999 Vintage) "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 p...
Wine Advocate(1999 Vintage) Rating: 93/100 - As reviewed in Wine Advocate # 134 on Apr-01