Château Haut-Brion

Pessac-Léognan Red Bordeaux Blend

9.6169 ratings
9.558 pro ratings
Pessac-Léognan, Graves, Bordeaux, France
Red Bordeaux Blend
Top Notes For
Ed Lehrman

Very good but was expecting more. Seemed a little tired.

Very good but was expecting more. Seemed a little tired.

Jun 5th, 2019
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9.8

I’ve been following this wine since I first tasted it from barrel in the summer of 1990, and it has always been an amazing wine and one of the best examples of this remarkable vintage. This particular bottle, which I helped to drink alongside a superb, dry-aged prime porterhouse at one of the New York City area’s best steakhouses, Rothmann’s on Long Island, might have been the best I’ve ever had. The textbook iron, tobacco and cigar box Haut-Brion character was there in abundance, but this time there was also an almost Burgundian laciness and buoyancy to the wine that I’ve not experienced before. Even at almost 30 years old, it still has a long life ahead of it, but based on this bottle I wouldn’t begrudge anyone opting to drink it right now. (Josh Raynolds, Vinous, January 219)

I’ve been following this wine since I first tasted it from barrel in the summer of 1990, and it has always been an amazing wine and one of the best examples of this remarkable vintage. This particular bottle, which I helped to drink alongside a superb, dry-aged prime porterhouse at one of the New York City area’s best steakhouses, Rothmann’s on Long Island, might have been the best I’ve ever had. The textbook iron, tobacco and cigar box Haut-Brion character was there in abundance, but this time there was also an almost Burgundian laciness and buoyancy to the wine that I’ve not experienced before. Even at almost 30 years old, it still has a long life ahead of it, but based on this bottle I wouldn’t begrudge anyone opting to drink it right now. (Josh Raynolds, Vinous, January 219)

Jan 4th, 2019
Mark Royer

Classic pencil, slight cedar, hint of bell pepper . Still going strong

Classic pencil, slight cedar, hint of bell pepper . Still going strong

Dec 13th, 2018
Ian Staub

Father-in-law has been sitting on this bottle since release, on the occasion of my wife’s birth. First time experiencing a bottle of this magnitude, and it hit all the notes expected. Core of rich ripe dark fruit wrapped in gauzy layers of tobacco, leather, dusty earth and incense. Palate is rich and intense, almost oily in its concentration. Still plenty of freshness and acidity pushing through to the finish. FIL still has a few bottles of equal acclaim and age kicking around - obviously looking forward to the next.

Father-in-law has been sitting on this bottle since release, on the occasion of my wife’s birth. First time experiencing a bottle of this magnitude, and it hit all the notes expected. Core of rich ripe dark fruit wrapped in gauzy layers of tobacco, leather, dusty earth and incense. Palate is rich and intense, almost oily in its concentration. Still plenty of freshness and acidity pushing through to the finish. FIL still has a few bottles of equal acclaim and age kicking around - obviously looking forward to the next.

Nov 23rd, 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
Mike Saviage

Wanted to put up a future all-time great against two all-time great HBs... the 45 and the 61. Opened and decanted this 9 hours before serving. Light tawny color, translucent and darker than the other HBs. Intense nose with notes of black cherry, black raspberry, hickory, gravel, moist soil, some mocha and some menthol. Huge and powerful in the mouth. Still tannic and young at age 31. Almost port-like. This is easily a 75 year wine, like the 45 sitting next to it - a wine that it can probably surpass as it gains more age, weight, advanced notes and complexity. (Bday 11 of 13)

Wanted to put up a future all-time great against two all-time great HBs... the 45 and the 61. Opened and decanted this 9 hours before serving. Light tawny color, translucent and darker than the other HBs. Intense nose with notes of black cherry, black raspberry, hickory, gravel, moist soil, some mocha and some menthol. Huge and powerful in the mouth. Still tannic and young at age 31. Almost port-like. This is easily a 75 year wine, like the 45 sitting next to it - a wine that it can probably surpass as it gains more age, weight, advanced notes and complexity. (Bday 11 of 13)

1 person found it helpfulAug 2nd, 2020
George Chen

Wait a few more years...sleeping now.

Wait a few more years...sleeping now.

1 person found it helpfulJan 10th, 2017
Yoon Ha

Master Sommelier/Wine Director Benu

9.9

A perfect Bordeaux. And not another word#ohtobetwentyfiveagain

A perfect Bordeaux. And not another word#ohtobetwentyfiveagain

1 person found it helpfulJul 10th, 2014
Davis Smith

Sommelier Acquerello

9.0

Tobacco, leather, smoke

Tobacco, leather, smoke

1 person found it helpfulMay 28th, 2014
Yoon Ha

Master Sommelier/Wine Director Benu

9.6

This particular bottle had everything: color, fruit, complexity, balance, authority and ageability. Still young with 20 years of life easy.

This particular bottle had everything: color, fruit, complexity, balance, authority and ageability. Still young with 20 years of life easy.

1 person found it helpfulJan 29th, 2014