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

Wine Details

Region

France

Wine Description

(2008 Vintage) 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 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