Château Haut-Brion

Pessac-Léognan Red Bordeaux Blend

9.41780 ratings
9.4481 pro ratings
Pessac-Léognan, Graves, Bordeaux, France
Red Bordeaux Blend
Top Notes For
Peter van den Besselaar

Vintage 1989 | 3/4 transparant, Italian rooftiles brown rim. A very intense bouquet: cedar, forrest wood, laurel, flint, cherries, só multi layered you tend to smell endless. Powerful taste, prominent bitters, still too young imo, the taste comes together with the entrecôte, awesome harmony. A benchmark for wine lovers. Fine that HB delivers to mark a special moment! I bought this when my daughter was born | at restaurant Pollevie

Vintage 1989 | 3/4 transparant, Italian rooftiles brown rim. A very intense bouquet: cedar, forrest wood, laurel, flint, cherries, só multi layered you tend to smell endless. Powerful taste, prominent bitters, still too young imo, the taste comes together with the entrecôte, awesome harmony. A benchmark for wine lovers. Fine that HB delivers to mark a special moment! I bought this when my daughter was born | at restaurant Pollevie

Jul 25th, 2021
Mike Saviage

Dark ruby, almost opaque. Doesn't look that old in the glass. Herbal nose with dark fruit, white pepper, gravel, some dry earthy dust. Shorter finish than what the nose offers. Good effort for the vintage. I guessed 82 Ducru.

Dark ruby, almost opaque. Doesn't look that old in the glass. Herbal nose with dark fruit, white pepper, gravel, some dry earthy dust. Shorter finish than what the nose offers. Good effort for the vintage. I guessed 82 Ducru.

Jun 26th, 2021
Conrad Green

Cool blooded. Iron, blood, dark plum, a hint of band aid. Leather and some secondary notes. On the palate lovely and savory with spice and a tangy long finish. Great.

Cool blooded. Iron, blood, dark plum, a hint of band aid. Leather and some secondary notes. On the palate lovely and savory with spice and a tangy long finish. Great.

Mar 28th, 2021
Ron R
9.9

Good god! An angel pissed on my tongue tonight...
No signs of aging. Fruit-forward, tannic and bold. Intellectual and very sophisticated. Nice mature black cherries sync up with light tobacco, and spice box notes. Exemplary effort, with another 15 - 20 years of runway.

Good god! An angel pissed on my tongue tonight...
No signs of aging. Fruit-forward, tannic and bold. Intellectual and very sophisticated. Nice mature black cherries sync up with light tobacco, and spice box notes. Exemplary effort, with another 15 - 20 years of runway.

Mar 26th, 2021
Loren Grossman

Vintner Wilde Farm Wines

9.4

Surprisingly fruit forward. Big energy. Lots of black fruit, floral, licorice and some shoe polish. Then with time licorice and red fruit. Velvety but big structure too. This wine is still primary and needs time. A baby.

Surprisingly fruit forward. Big energy. Lots of black fruit, floral, licorice and some shoe polish. Then with time licorice and red fruit. Velvety but big structure too. This wine is still primary and needs time. A baby.

Mar 21st, 2021
George Chen

1929 vintage...bit Stew-y but wow the profile and finish rushed at you but lingers on finish like some exotic elixir from unknown tree...memorable wine for the ages!

1929 vintage...bit Stew-y but wow the profile and finish rushed at you but lingers on finish like some exotic elixir from unknown tree...memorable wine for the ages!

Nov 5th, 2020
Mike Saviage

Tasted blind, from two combined bottles. Dark reddish amber rims with a more dark reddish tawny center. Obvious nose says we are in old world Bordeaux and brings smiles. Notes of black cherry, cigar box, dirt barn floor, gravel, tobacco leaf, old leather saddle. Long finish. The guesses focus on 40s/50s/60s Bordeaux. The experience is similar to a bottle of 59 Haut Brion I opened only a couple of weeks ago, so I am in Graves and the debate narrows to 59 vs 61. Would Stan open 2 bottles of 59 HB for the team? Yes he would! I go with the similarities I’m getting with my recent bottle of this and nail my guess.

Tasted blind, from two combined bottles. Dark reddish amber rims with a more dark reddish tawny center. Obvious nose says we are in old world Bordeaux and brings smiles. Notes of black cherry, cigar box, dirt barn floor, gravel, tobacco leaf, old leather saddle. Long finish. The guesses focus on 40s/50s/60s Bordeaux. The experience is similar to a bottle of 59 Haut Brion I opened only a couple of weeks ago, so I am in Graves and the debate narrows to 59 vs 61. Would Stan open 2 bottles of 59 HB for the team? Yes he would! I go with the similarities I’m getting with my recent bottle of this and nail my guess.

Sep 27th, 2020
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The 1945 Haut-Brion is poured against the legendary 1945 Mouton and might just have come out on top. It is difficult to put this wine into words. Showing modest bricking, it presents a sublime bouquet of vibrant red fruit, warm gravel, wilted rose petals and a hint of earthenware. It is crystalline in terms of definition. The palate follows suit with pitch-perfect acidity, a very slight, refreshing hint of balsamic, and finely chiseled tannins. Beguiling in every way, this is a profound Haut-Brion that is absolutely flawless. Tasted at Koala's 1945 dinner. (Neal Martin, Vinous, May 2020)

The 1945 Haut-Brion is poured against the legendary 1945 Mouton and might just have come out on top. It is difficult to put this wine into words. Showing modest bricking, it presents a sublime bouquet of vibrant red fruit, warm gravel, wilted rose petals and a hint of earthenware. It is crystalline in terms of definition. The palate follows suit with pitch-perfect acidity, a very slight, refreshing hint of balsamic, and finely chiseled tannins. Beguiling in every way, this is a profound Haut-Brion that is absolutely flawless. Tasted at Koala's 1945 dinner. (Neal Martin, Vinous, May 2020)

May 8th, 2020
Mike Saviage

Tasted blind. Dark reddish brown color, port-like in color and in the nose. Notes of raisins, molasses, tobacco. What is this? While it seems like it could be Madeira, the impact in the mouth and the tastes in no way resemble that. Someone threw out the guess that it could be really old Bordeaux. Yep. Drinking some history tonight!

Tasted blind. Dark reddish brown color, port-like in color and in the nose. Notes of raisins, molasses, tobacco. What is this? While it seems like it could be Madeira, the impact in the mouth and the tastes in no way resemble that. Someone threw out the guess that it could be really old Bordeaux. Yep. Drinking some history tonight!

Mar 8th, 2020
Connor McMahon

I’ve never been much of a Bordeaux fan but this was a great wine. Tons of complexity and was very pleased it was a clean wine! Got the graphite/pencil lead notes that I was hoping for.

I’ve never been much of a Bordeaux fan but this was a great wine. Tons of complexity and was very pleased it was a clean wine! Got the graphite/pencil lead notes that I was hoping for.

Feb 29th, 2020