Château Haut-Brion

Pessac-Léognan Red Bordeaux Blend

9.494 ratings
9.318 pro ratings
Pessac-Léognan, Graves, Bordeaux, France
Red Bordeaux Blend
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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

Senior Wine Specialist/Auctioneer Zachys

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
Robert Cunningham

Wine Educator DeVinimus, Wine Workshop

9.1

Really lovely. Drinking very well great nose and finish

Really lovely. Drinking very well great nose and finish

May 21st, 2014
Scott Barber

Wine Educator Meadowood Napa Valley

9.8

Nailed it blind!

Nailed it blind!

Feb 13th, 2014