Château Haut-Brion

Pessac-Léognan Red Bordeaux Blend

9.41489 ratings
9.4406 pro ratings
Pessac-Léognan, Graves, Bordeaux, France
Red Bordeaux Blend
Top Notes For
Douglas Renall

Exquisite in every sense#hautbrion

Exquisite in every sense#hautbrion

Jun 23rd, 2018
Gilbert Van Hassel

Good not great, wine a bit flat

Good not great, wine a bit flat

Jun 3rd, 2018
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9.6

The 1998 Haut Brion has long been a favourite vintage of mine and consumed with pleasure several times. Now at 20-years of age I feel it is one step ahead of the 1998 La Mission: there is great fruit intensity with almost precocious blackberry, raspberry coulis, pastilles, tobacco and hints of olive. It has exquisite delineation and focus. The palate is medium-bodied with fuller in the mouth than the La Mission: deeper fruit (blackberry, mulberry and a touch of strawberry) intermingling with sage, cedar and a touch of hung game. It is not quite as precocious or as glossy on the finish as I remember previous bottles, but it is certainly turning into one of the finest wines of this vintage. Tasted at the château. (Neal Martin, Vinous, May 2018)

The 1998 Haut Brion has long been a favourite vintage of mine and consumed with pleasure several times. Now at 20-years of age I feel it is one step ahead of the 1998 La Mission: there is great fruit intensity with almost precocious blackberry, raspberry coulis, pastilles, tobacco and hints of olive. It has exquisite delineation and focus. The palate is medium-bodied with fuller in the mouth than the La Mission: deeper fruit (blackberry, mulberry and a touch of strawberry) intermingling with sage, cedar and a touch of hung game. It is not quite as precocious or as glossy on the finish as I remember previous bottles, but it is certainly turning into one of the finest wines of this vintage. Tasted at the château. (Neal Martin, Vinous, May 2018)

May 24th, 2018
Pedro Rusk

Wine Educator Kendall Jackson

9.8

The skies parted and I got to pour several of these at an event . Let’s say it was amazing to sip this over 6 hours. #charmedlife #lovemyjob

The skies parted and I got to pour several of these at an event . Let’s say it was amazing to sip this over 6 hours. #charmedlife #lovemyjob

May 13th, 2018
Greg Gregory

My epiphany wine and always beautiful. However tonight, poured side by side with the Chappellet 69, GDL 70 and 72 Martha’s it was outclassed.

My epiphany wine and always beautiful. However tonight, poured side by side with the Chappellet 69, GDL 70 and 72 Martha’s it was outclassed.

May 4th, 2018
Robert Cunningham

Wine Educator DeVinimus, Wine Workshop

9.2

Initially still closed and showing dried, harsh cedar and dried tobacco tannins. Then after 2 hours of air it becomes soft and silky though totally tertiary.

Initially still closed and showing dried, harsh cedar and dried tobacco tannins. Then after 2 hours of air it becomes soft and silky though totally tertiary.

Apr 27th, 2018
Jennifer Massolo

1947 Haut Brion.

1947 Haut Brion.

Jan 29th, 2018
Matt Duncan

Much better than the last bottle. Cork was ideal and maintained round quality last bottle lacked. Still not quite as defined as the 1990 at this point, but a real treat all the same.

Much better than the last bottle. Cork was ideal and maintained round quality last bottle lacked. Still not quite as defined as the 1990 at this point, but a real treat all the same.

Jan 20th, 2018
Steven Gullo

An off-vintage, but still Haut-Brion through and through. Gravel, cedar, smoky tobacco. Drink now.

An off-vintage, but still Haut-Brion through and through. Gravel, cedar, smoky tobacco. Drink now.

Dec 21st, 2017
Mike Saviage

Dark tawny red. Opaque. Amber rims. Old world nose with notes of blackberries, gravel, cedar box, some barnyard and a little menthol. Surprises you in the mouth with an impactful dollop of fruit plus nice acidity. Nice showing for the vintage.

Dark tawny red. Opaque. Amber rims. Old world nose with notes of blackberries, gravel, cedar box, some barnyard and a little menthol. Surprises you in the mouth with an impactful dollop of fruit plus nice acidity. Nice showing for the vintage.

Nov 26th, 2017