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

Wine Description

Coming joint second in our list of Left Bank First Growths in 2008 (along withMouton, with Ch. Latour in the lead) Ch. Haut-Brion seriously impressed us thisvintage. With a nose of dark, brambly spice this was evidently restrained butstill had layer upon layer of complex fruit character. The tannins wereassertive but coated in a fantastic ball of dark fruit that suggests they willmellow wonderfully with time. Only 35% of the total production went into theGrand Vin this year and with only 7,000 cases made, it is the smallestproduction since 1992. This is a rarity: buy up while you can.

Expert Reviews
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  • Wine Spectator
    (1982 Vintage) Rating: 95/100 - As reviewed by Wine Spectator
  • Wine Advocate
    (1982 Vintage) Rating: 94/100 - As reviewed in Wine Advocate # 102 on Dec-95
  • Robert Parker
    (1982 Vintage) Rating: 94/100 - As reviewed by The Wine Advocate in Issue 129
  • International Wine Cellar
    (1982 Vintage) Rating: 96/100 - As reviewed by International Wine Cellar in Issue 103, July/August 2002 ($329-$450) Good medium amber-edge red. Flamboyant aromas of smoked meat, leather, truffle and burnished oak. Intensely flavored and penetrating, with strong acids giving the flavors terrific cut and grip. I get an impression of strong cabernet tannins. Drink now through 2020. 94. My second bottle showed even more extravagantly expressive aromas of hot stones, tobacco, minerals and marzip...
  • Wine Advocate
    (2005 Vintage) Rating: (90-92) - As reviewed in Wine Advocate # 164 on Apr-06