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"Whether its is a coincidence or because in relatively cool years the 1st growth terroirs are brilliant. Haut-Brion has turned out a beautifully classic, medium-bodied, precise and focused 2002 boasting a deep ruby/purple colour as well as strikingly elegant aromatics (crsuhed stones, plums, black cherries, currants, figs and earth). The wine possesses impresssively measured power and elegance offered in a medium-bodied, nicely-structured, exceptionally pure format. It is unusual for Haut Brion to dominate La Misssion at such a young age, but it certainly does in the 2002 vintage. read more...Antcipated maturity: 2010-2024." 92-94/100 pts. (Robert Parker - Wine Advocate - Oct - 2003) (hide)
Wine & SpiritsNo first-growth administrator has been on a hotter streak in terms of consistency and quality than Haut-Brion's Jean Delmas, where nearly everything since the late seventies has been meritorious. Haut-Brion'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 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-Brion's harvest (which ended on 9/24) made it into the grand vin.
Robert ParkerRating: 89/100 - As reviewed by Robert Parker on 04/01/2005