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5 / 5
Michael Broadbent May - 2000
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99 / 100
Jeannie Cho Lee March - 2014
Jeannie Cho Lee
98 / 100
Robert PARKER - The Wine Advocate
  A remarkably deep garnet colour with deep tawny rim. The nose is muffled at first with notes of mulberry, plum, tobacco and espresso. It improves after 20 minutes in the glass, gaining delineation and lift, that espresso note dominating the aromatics. The palate is tannic, muscular and powerful, closed at first but blossoming after 1/2 hour. Silky smooth texture, utterly harmonious with mulberry, leather and tobacco. I sublime ’61, not quite up there with Palmer or Latour, but not far behind either. Opening a bottle now, I recommend two hours of decanting. Drinking now, but a well-stored bottle could last another 10, 20 years. Tasted December 2006.
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100 / 100
Jeff Leve - The Wine Cellar Insider
Incredible levels of density and intensity, with a beautiful purity fruit that seems as though you were eating the berries in a cigar lounge. There is richness, silky tannins and a finish that leaves you breathless.
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Region Bordeaux
Appellation Pessac Leognan
Colour Red
Volume 0.75 l
Country France
Château Haut Brion
Château Haut Brion

It was in 1855 that Château Haut Brion was honored with the highest distinction of Médoc wines: Premier Cru Classé (First Growth). Château Haut Brion is the only non-Médoc domain to be included in the Médoc wine list, as well as the Graves wine classification as a Classified Growth!

Its soil is similar to elsewhere as a brother of Latour. Without being the most concentrated, Haut Brion is the most noble of wines from Pessac-Leognan and its longevity is unparalleled in the industry. The silky tannins are always exceptional. Chateau Haut-Brion is the oldest and yet the smallest of vineyards classified as Premiers Grands Crus in 1855 (Château Lafite-RothschildChâteau LatourChâteau MargauxChâteau Mouton RothschildChâteau Haut-Brion)

Although the vineyard has been active in the region since at least Roman times, the first mention of vineyards of Haut-Brion dates back only to 1423. In the early days, the wines were known by the name of the parishes where they came from. In the case of Haut-Brion, under the leadership of Pontac, the wine first bore the name of this noble and respectable family. Haut Brion was founded in 1525 by Jean de Pontac and since famous people have succeeded. The last of them, Clarence Douglas Dillon, was Minister of Finance of the United States under the Kennedy administration. As its reputation grew, the name of the estate came to replace that of its owners. The concept of Grand Cru is born! We find the first mention in the diary of Samuel Pepys, who wrote April 10, 1663: "I just tasted a French wine called Ho-Bryan (sic) which has the best and most special taste I've ever enountered."

Among the many great vintages of Château Haut Brion, the exceptional vintages are 1926, 1945, 1953, 1959, 1961, 1982, 1990, 1995, 1996, 1998, 2000.