Château Haut-Brion

Pessac-Léognan Red Bordeaux Blend

9.490 ratings
9.517 pro ratings
Pessac-Léognan, Graves, Bordeaux, France
Red Bordeaux Blend
Top Notes For
David T

Independent Sommelier/Wine Educator

9.3

A continuation of our anniversary celebration @ Cole’s Steakhouse.

On the nose; cedar, saddle-wood, ripe & ruby; dark currants, blackberries, dark cherries, black raspberries, black plum w/ skin, blue fruit hues & strawberries. Limestone minerals, dry crushed rocks, dry river stone, anise, graphite, touch of smoke, tobacco with ash, dry stem, the slightest hint of green pepper & dry herbs with blue, red and dark fresh & withering red flowers.

The body is round, ruby and full. Classic Haut-Brion profile flavors. I don’t believe I would miss call this producer blind as its flavor profile & style is so distinct. The tannins are nicely round and soft, 60% resolved. The structure, tension, length and balance are well knitted together. It does lack some wow factor from their truly great vintages. However, there is plenty of life in this bottling and it has not achieved its peak. Probably, another 3-5 years from hitting its peak with another 8 years of good drinking beyond that. Ripe & ruby; dark currants, blackberries, black raspberries, dry black cherry & cranberries, black plum w/ skin, blue fruit hues & strawberries. Limestone minerals, mint, dry crushed rocks, dry river stone, saddle-wood, cedar, anise, graphite, forest floor, touch of smoke, volcanic ash, tobacco with ash, dry stem, the slightest hint of green pepper & dry herbs with blue, red and dark fresh & withering red flowers. The acidity is just about perfect. The ruby finish is elegant, well polished & balanced and last minutes. It continues to evolve & improve in the glass even after a hour long decant. Just missing a 9.4. Man oh man, I love well made older Bordeaux wines. My true love.

Photos of, Chateau Haut-Brion, field-hands harvesting that magical fruit, barrel room and their library cellar that I would love to raid 😜.

A continuation of our anniversary celebration @ Cole’s Steakhouse.

On the nose; cedar, saddle-wood, ripe & ruby; dark currants, blackberries, dark cherries, black raspberries, black plum w/ skin, blue fruit hues & strawberries. Limestone minerals, dry crushed rocks, dry river stone, anise, graphite, touch of smoke, tobacco with ash, dry stem, the slightest hint of green pepper & dry herbs with blue, red and dark fresh & withering red flowers.

The body is round, ruby and full. Classic Haut-Brion profile flavors. I don’t believe I would miss call this producer blind as its flavor profile & style is so distinct. The tannins are nicely round and soft, 60% resolved. The structure, tension, length and balance are well knitted together. It does lack some wow factor from their truly great vintages. However, there is plenty of life in this bottling and it has not achieved its peak. Probably, another 3-5 years from hitting its peak with another 8 years of good drinking beyond that. Ripe & ruby; dark currants, blackberries, black raspberries, dry black cherry & cranberries, black plum w/ skin, blue fruit hues & strawberries. Limestone minerals, mint, dry crushed rocks, dry river stone, saddle-wood, cedar, anise, graphite, forest floor, touch of smoke, volcanic ash, tobacco with ash, dry stem, the slightest hint of green pepper & dry herbs with blue, red and dark fresh & withering red flowers. The acidity is just about perfect. The ruby finish is elegant, well polished & balanced and last minutes. It continues to evolve & improve in the glass even after a hour long decant. Just missing a 9.4. Man oh man, I love well made older Bordeaux wines. My true love.

Photos of, Chateau Haut-Brion, field-hands harvesting that magical fruit, barrel room and their library cellar that I would love to raid 😜.

Oct 6th, 2018
Joe D'Angelo

The 2001 Château Haut-Brion is approaching two decades since harvest, and it is moving along nicely in its evolution. Composed of 52% Merlot, 36% Cabernet Sauvignon and 12% Cabernet Franc this is displaying wonderful mature characteristics, with aromatics of dried cherries and plums, followed by dried spices, cigar box, dusty leather and meat drippings all taking shape in the glass. On the palate this is medium/full-bodied, with well-integrated tannins and a gorgeous velvety texture. It continues to impress as it shows excellent overall balance and finesse, ending with a long elegant finish. The class and sophistication of this legendary Château is certainly evident, however it seems as if some of the late heat spikes and temperature fluctuations from the vintage may be starting to taking a toll on its ability age with the best vintages.

The 2001 Château Haut-Brion is approaching two decades since harvest, and it is moving along nicely in its evolution. Composed of 52% Merlot, 36% Cabernet Sauvignon and 12% Cabernet Franc this is displaying wonderful mature characteristics, with aromatics of dried cherries and plums, followed by dried spices, cigar box, dusty leather and meat drippings all taking shape in the glass. On the palate this is medium/full-bodied, with well-integrated tannins and a gorgeous velvety texture. It continues to impress as it shows excellent overall balance and finesse, ending with a long elegant finish. The class and sophistication of this legendary Château is certainly evident, however it seems as if some of the late heat spikes and temperature fluctuations from the vintage may be starting to taking a toll on its ability age with the best vintages.

1 person found it helpfulJul 23rd, 2019
Nathaniel DiMaggio

Yummy!

Feb 7th, 2017
Charles Antin

Senior Wine Specialist/Auctioneer Zachys

9.2

A bit more advanced than I was hoping. Might have been the bottle.

A bit more advanced than I was hoping. Might have been the bottle.

Nov 4th, 2016
Adam Nelson

My second time to have this and it's always,special and memorable

My second time to have this and it's always,special and memorable

Sep 4th, 2016
Ben Spicer

Powerful, great spice

Powerful, great spice

Aug 22nd, 2015
Mike Evans

The classic Haut Brion nose of tobacco and minerals roars from the glass, though still pretty tannic and tight on the palate. Air smooths it out and brings out more complexity.

The classic Haut Brion nose of tobacco and minerals roars from the glass, though still pretty tannic and tight on the palate. Air smooths it out and brings out more complexity.

Oct 25th, 2014
Leslie Bedolla

Saved this one for a special occasion. It travelled from france to sf to berlin....really fucking good wine with a cheese plate😁

Saved this one for a special occasion. It travelled from france to sf to berlin....really fucking good wine with a cheese plate😁

Jan 10th, 2020
MRM
9.2

Could lie down for another decade I think

Could lie down for another decade I think

May 17th, 2019
Laurent Godeau

Up to what you can expect from its pedigree: balance, intense, delicate with its own character. This is pure pleasure touch of cedar scents underwood and dark fruits jam, vibrant attack and nice refreshing palate with good acidity that finishes long and aromatic. Magnifique.

Up to what you can expect from its pedigree: balance, intense, delicate with its own character. This is pure pleasure touch of cedar scents underwood and dark fruits jam, vibrant attack and nice refreshing palate with good acidity that finishes long and aromatic. Magnifique.

Apr 22nd, 2019