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

Wine Description

(1982 Vintage) Very great wine. An outstanding vintage year for both quantity and quality. A wine with great harmony and balance, very rich in tannin. This wine ends beautifully full and complex at the same time.

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    WA100 Drink 2020-2085 What a blockbuster effort! Atypically powerful, one day, the 2009 Haut-Brion may be considered to be the 21st century version of the 1959. It is an extraordinarily complex, concentrated effort made from a blend of 46% Merlot, 40% Cabernet Sauvignon and 14% Cabernet Franc with the highest alcohol ever achieved at this estate, 14.3%. Even richer than the perfect 1989, with similar technical numbers although slightly higher extract and alcohol, it offers up a sensational perfume of subtle burning embers, unsmoked cigar tobacco, charcoal, black raspberries, wet gravel, plums, figs and blueberries. There is so much going on in the aromatics that one almost hesitates to stop smelling it. However, when it hits the palate, it is hardly a letdown. This unctuously textured, full-bodied 2009 possesses low acidity along with stunning extract and remarkable clarity for a wine with a pH close to 4.0. The good news is that there are 10,500 cases of the 2009, one of the most compelling examples of Haut-Brion ever made. It requires a decade of cellaring and should last a half century or more. Readers who have loved the complexity of Haut-Brion should be prepared for a bigger, richer, more massive wine, but one that does not lose any of its prodigious aromatic attractions.

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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...
  • Robert Parker
    (2003 Vintage) Rating: 95/100 - As reviewed by Robert Parker on 04/01/2006