Château Haut-Brion

Pessac-Léognan Red Bordeaux Blend

9.4104 ratings
9.423 pro ratings
Pessac-Léognan, Graves, Bordeaux, France
Red Bordeaux Blend
Chili & Hot Spicy, Potato, White Rice, Mushrooms, Pasta, Pork, Salami & Prosciutto, Pungent Cheese, Lamb, Tomato-Based, Onion, Shallot, Garlic, Beef, Hard Cheese, Venison
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Lee Pitofsky

Finale 💥💥💥 #NYE

Finale 💥💥💥 #NYE

Jan 2nd, 2020
Shay A
9.6

An absolutely stunning lunch from @joe leatherwood today. 1 sparkler, 2 whites, 5 reds and 1 dessert wine. All served blind.

Out of the lineup of the five reds, this had the aromatics that kept me going back for more. Initially, it reminded me of an older Ridge Monte Bello as I thought I got the slight hint of American oak, but it dissipated, allowing the bright black cherry, sandalwood, and herbs to shine. Gained some power as the lunch went on. Pipe tobacco, bay leaf, dusty blackberries and leather. The fruit was still tart (in a good way), showing how impressive this can age. I guessed this was early ‘00s Bordeaux.

An absolutely stunning lunch from @joe leatherwood today. 1 sparkler, 2 whites, 5 reds and 1 dessert wine. All served blind.

Out of the lineup of the five reds, this had the aromatics that kept me going back for more. Initially, it reminded me of an older Ridge Monte Bello as I thought I got the slight hint of American oak, but it dissipated, allowing the bright black cherry, sandalwood, and herbs to shine. Gained some power as the lunch went on. Pipe tobacco, bay leaf, dusty blackberries and leather. The fruit was still tart (in a good way), showing how impressive this can age. I guessed this was early ‘00s Bordeaux.

Aug 3rd, 2019
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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
Marty Winters

This vintage is a sleeeeeeper watch out!

This vintage is a sleeeeeeper watch out!

2 people found it helpfulOct 20th, 2015
Nico J. Snyman

Classic '98, still a little juvenile, but giving back in every way it should.

Classic '98, still a little juvenile, but giving back in every way it should.

Feb 15th, 2017
Mick Eddy

Need some time to open up. Classic old world

Need some time to open up. Classic old world

Jan 26th, 2017
Charles Antin

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9.3

Less structure than I was hoping for. Dumb? What's up with this wine?

Less structure than I was hoping for. Dumb? What's up with this wine?

Apr 28th, 2016
George Chen

Took an hour to open up...still a baby. Tannins starting to evolve.

Took an hour to open up...still a baby. Tannins starting to evolve.

Apr 25th, 2015
Linda Hinton

C'est jolie. She is pretty.

C'est jolie. She is pretty.

Apr 8th, 2015
Steve Bachmann

First bottle was corked but second was killer good.

First bottle was corked but second was killer good.

Dec 20th, 2014