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94 Ratings
Château Haut-Brion Pessac-Léognan 1er Grand Cru Classé

Wine Description

Beautiful color, very deep with a mixing of the Haut-Brion ruby and its purple-violet shade of youth. Swishing the wine around in the glass gives a notion of its density. This complexity is followed up in the aromas that suddenly burst forth all at once: a woody hint of fine polished oak, mulberry jam, cherry pits, a touch of blackcurrant, and the bittersweet of mango. One discovers this complexness again with even more intensity in the mouth. The specific notes oft his vintage: the finesse of mocha, the toasted trace of praline all join with the above, melding together with tannins of great complexity and softness. The finish is never ending... exceptional bottle. To be drunk today, tomorrow and surely even 100 years from now.

Expert Reviews
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  • Wine & Spirits
    No first-growth administrator has been on a hotter streak in terms of consistency and quality than Haut-Brionrsquo;s Jean Delmas, where nearly everything since the late seventies has been meritorious. Haut-Brionrsquo;s terrific 1994 does not possess either the thick, unctuous texture or the weight of La Mission. Like La Mission, it contains more Merlot than normal, but the result is an elegant wine with medium to full body, exceptional concentration and purity, great balance and harmony, a dazzling aromatic profile consisting of sweet, mineral, cassis, and white chocolate scents, similar read more...flavors, an enthralling texture, and a long, highly-concentrated finish. This is a gorgeously supple and precocious Haut-Brion that avoids tasting heavy or out of balance, rather amazing for such a young wine. The 1994 reminds me of the 1985, but with more plumpness and fat. Only 66% of Haut-Brionrsquo;s harvest (which ended on 9/24) made it into the grand vin.    (hide)
  • International Wine Cellar
    Rating: 96/100 - As reviewed by International Wine Cellar in Issue 108, May/June 2003. ($319-$395) Full red-ruby. Roasted plum, currant, tobacco and minerals on the nose. Compellingly dense and thick but almost miraculously lively and light on its feet. Has a texture like liquid velvet, coating the entire palate. Wonderfully unmanipulated wine, with perfectly integrated acids giving it superb subtle vinosity and thrust. Finishes with outstanding building persistence, with the substantial tannins perfectly supported by the wine's fat middle.
  • Robert Parker
    Rating: 90/100 - As reviewed by The Wine Advocate in Issue 146
  • Wine Advocate
    Rating: 90/100 - As reviewed in Wine Advocate # 146 on Apr-03
  • Sunday Times
    Rating: 96/100 - As reviewed by Sunday Times on 06/01/2003