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Chateau Haut Brion 1998

$1181.00 per bottle

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"Full colour. Fragrant, classy nose. Not a blockbuster but very lovely fruit. Composed, pure and intense. On the palate this is rich and fruity. very classy and long. Very fine plus." Clive Coates, Master of Wine

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1998 VINTAGE

96+ 2001 tasting. 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.
18 Deep crimson still. Although there is trademark Haut Brion underneath there is already beguiling tertiary perfume on top. There’s a richness underneath. Warm and spicy and very charming. Acidity is noticeable. A lovely bouquet already. Dry finish – quite a bit of tannin still – one will hope that the fruit outlives the tannin… the first wine where I have wondered about this. The nose seems to be galloping ahead of the tannins, but on past performance it should be fine.
96 HAUT BRION 1998 Premier Cru Classé of Pessac-Léognan 95 If I look at the level of the score and that of the price, then this wine is the star of the fourth term amongst the first classed growths of Bordeaux. Tasted three times (twice blind) since June from the cellars of private individuals, I always gave it the same score. It is still a very young wine, as is shown by its still red colour and its still withdrawn nose. In the mouth, its qualities demand respect. It combines density and strength to a refined, sappy texture. Full in the middle, it ends extremely flavourful, floral, liquorice, fruity and supple. I suggest that you wait until 2010 before drinking it. I foresee long cellaring until 2030. It can be found today for 200¤ a bottle before tax.
96 Full colour. Fragrant, classy nose. Not a blockbuster but very lovely fruit. Composed, pure and intense. On the palate this is rich and fruity. very classy and long. Very fine plus.

 


Provenance – a cold European cellar.

 
Name Château Haut Brion 
Vintage 1998
Type Rouge/ Red 
Appellation Pessac Léognan 
Classification 1er cru classé / First growth 
Grape Varieties 55% Merlot, 35% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Cabernet Franc
Format 750ml
Alcohol 13.0%
Vineyard 48 Hectares 
Average Age of Vines  
Production 10,000 - 12,000 cases 
Soil  
Winemaking  
Ageing 18 to 22 months in 80% new wood
Serving Suggestions  
Food Pairing  
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"A strong argument can be made that this great first growth is the world’s most elegant and aromatically complex wine. Since the early 1980s, no first growth has been as consistent or as brilliant in quality as Haut-Brion." Robert Parker

"Fullish, ripe, concentrated, balanced, elegant and intense. Quality is very high, and the wine has been remarkably consistent. I cannot recall a single disappointment." Clive Coates, Master of Wine

www.haut-brion.com – very interesting website with tasting notes of the 1998 vintage