Château Haut-Brion
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Château Haut-Brion

Wine Details

Varietal

Style

Red

Region

FranceBordeaux

Winemaker's Notes

About 2003 Bordeaux: 2003 was without a doubt a very exceptional year in terms of the weather. Although it did not beat the record for lowest rainfall, attained in 1961 (258 mm) for the period April to September inclusive, 2003 comes immediately afterwards with 263 mm. The hundred-year average is 410 mm and in the wettest year; in 1992, 697 mm of rain fell. However, in terms of temperature, all the records were broken. Accumulated average daily temperatures for the above period were around 3,161 read more...About 2003 Bordeaux: 2003 was without a doubt a very exceptional year in terms of the weather. Although it did not beat the record for lowest rainfall, attained in 1961 (258 mm) for the period April to September inclusive, 2003 comes immediately afterwards with 263 mm. The hundred-year average is 410 mm and in the wettest year; in 1992, 697 mm of rain fell. However, in terms of temperature, all the records were broken. Accumulated average daily temperatures for the above period were around 3,161, with the hottest year (1997) until then reaching 3,494, but for 2003 the figure was 3,696; while the average for very hot days above 30°C/86°F is 16, there were 49 in 2003, more than three times as many! Chateau tasting notes The harvest had shown high sugar levels. Tannic richness is vast, reaching record levels in the Merlots and above all the Cabernets. The lush tannins are also extremely ripe. They are copious, silky, and smooth, filling the mouth and coating the palate with delight. Strangely, the crispness of the fruit usually fades in such conditions. Nothing could be further from the truth in 2003. The wine has retained a highly discernible, smooth and ripe fruitiness, while staying very crisp. The white wines are exceptionally unctuous at Haut-Brion. Once again, the crispness of the fruit fills the mouth. The fresh, menthol, aniseed, and Muscat notes of the Sauvignon blend harmoniously with the smooth fleshy, honey and subtle accents of almond in the Semillon. It is without question one of the best white wines produced in recent years. (hide)

Varietal

Style

Red

Region

BordeauxFrance

About 2003 Bordeaux: 2003 was without a doubt a very exceptional year in terms of the weather. Although it did not beat the record for lowest rainfall, attained in 1961 (258 mm) for the period April to September inclusive, 2003 comes immediately afterwards with 263 mm. The hundred-year average is 410 mm and in the wettest year; in 1992, 697 mm of rain fell. However, in terms of temperature, all the records were broken. Accumulated average daily temperatures for the above period were around 3,161 read more...About 2003 Bordeaux: 2003 was without a doubt a very exceptional year in terms of the weather. Although it did not beat the record for lowest rainfall, attained in 1961 (258 mm) for the period April to September inclusive, 2003 comes immediately afterwards with 263 mm. The hundred-year average is 410 mm and in the wettest year; in 1992, 697 mm of rain fell. However, in terms of temperature, all the records were broken. Accumulated average daily temperatures for the above period were around 3,161, with the hottest year (1997) until then reaching 3,494, but for 2003 the figure was 3,696; while the average for very hot days above 30°C/86°F is 16, there were 49 in 2003, more than three times as many! Chateau tasting notes The harvest had shown high sugar levels. Tannic richness is vast, reaching record levels in the Merlots and above all the Cabernets. The lush tannins are also extremely ripe. They are copious, silky, and smooth, filling the mouth and coating the palate with delight. Strangely, the crispness of the fruit usually fades in such conditions. Nothing could be further from the truth in 2003. The wine has retained a highly discernible, smooth and ripe fruitiness, while staying very crisp. The white wines are exceptionally unctuous at Haut-Brion. Once again, the crispness of the fruit fills the mouth. The fresh, menthol, aniseed, and Muscat notes of the Sauvignon blend harmoniously with the smooth fleshy, honey and subtle accents of almond in the Semillon. It is without question one of the best white wines produced in recent years. (hide)

Expert Reviews
  • 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 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.