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Chateau Haut-Brion 1998

Bordeaux Red Blends from Pessac-Leognan, Bordeaux, France
  • WS 97
  • RP 96
  • ST 94
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Winemaker Notes

Very classic deep, dense color. Although slightly closed, the nose discovers a handsome complexity and immense richness. The whole evolves with an evident softness where a mixture of the suaveness and inky depth of a season Porto come to mind. The slightly caramelized ripe fruit melds its hint of wood with the more obvious notes of roasted coffee and cacao. The tannin is superb and still dense. Altogether one finds volume with a rich promise of intensity to come. A very good year that one should patiently wait for.

Critical Acclaim

WS 97
Wine Spectator

Dark color, with decadent aromas of truffles, meat, ripe berries and tobacco. Turns to sweet, crushed berries. Full-bodied, with very polished tannins and a berry and mineral aftertaste. The serious tannin structure is still hiding behind the fruit of the wine. Tightly wound and beautiful. Solid as a rock. A classic wine.

RP 96
The Wine Advocate

As reported over the last two years, this is a prodigious Haut-Brion. It exhibits a dense ruby/purple color in addition to a tight, but incredibly promising nose of smoke, earth, minerals, lead pencil, black currants, cherries, and spice. This full-bodied wine unfolds slowly, but convincingly on the palate, revealing a rich, multi-tiered, stunningly pure, symmetrical style with wonderful sweetness, ripe tannin, and a finish that lasts for nearly 45 seconds. It tastes like liquid nobility. Anticipated maturity: 2008-2035.

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ST 94
International Wine Cellar

Good medium ruby. Aristocratic, highly complex nose hints at plum, roast coffee, leather, grilled nuts, tobacco and earth. A bit reticent today but already offers an uncanny amalgamation of density and vinosity. A very suave, subtle wine that finishes with creamy, sweet tannins and terrific grip and length. Was there a more consistently outstanding first growth through the decade of the '90s?
Rating: 94(+?)

Chateau Haut-Brion

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Chateau Haut-Brion, Pessac-Leognan, France - Bordeaux
Chateau Haut-Brion
Château Haut-Brion is the oldest and by far the smallest of the "Premiers Grands Crus" vineyards of the Gironde 1855 classification. Château Haut-Brion is one of the few remaining family-owned domains of the Bordeaux region with a history going back to the 16th century. It has been owned by the American Dillon family since 1935.