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  • 66x Parker 100-Pointers from Bordeaux 1947-2010 tasted blind (Switzerland): Tasted blind. Dark purple. Nose of blue fruit, cocoa, chocolate and caramel. Lots of Merlot here in the nose, very modern and ripe. This continues on the palate where the wine is big and ripe. Technically ok but a bit too much for me. Young, to be revisited. 96 for now. Group score: 18.31, group rank: 24/64

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  • Wine tasting. I wish this could have been decanted for about 10 hours before I tasted it--instead they were popping and pouring. Difficult to assess as this was quite closed. Solid as a brick and full of dark fruit, coffee and a hint of banana oil. Very structured. Hopefully I will try this again under better circumstances. Lots of stuffing.

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  • Intense, deep aromas of earth, burning wood, truffle, hot bricks, tar, licorice, espresso, smoke and blackberry. There is an incredible sense of purity in the fruit. The wine is rich, concentrated and multifaceted. Each layer of the finish delivers something new, making it one of those rare wines you want to keep going back to. Frightfully expensive, but if you have the money, coupled with the patience to age the wine for more than a decade, and probably closer to 20 years, along with a cold cellar to keep it in, this is a wine for the ages. The finish kept building and expanding for close to one minute.

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  • Very good, would be nice to taste again in a few years.

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  • Haut-Brion From a blend of 57% Cabernet Sauvignon, 23% Merlot and 20% Cabernet Franc, this unique blend is made from one of the highest concentrations of Cabernet Sauvignon in the history of the property. In 2010, the wine reached 14.6% alcohol with a pH of 3.63. This combination allows for more ripeness as well as greater freshness. The effective yields are lower in 2010. Only 42% of the crop was included in the Grand Vin. For those that like statistics, 2009 Haut Brion is slightly lower in alcohol at 14.2 % alcohol with a pH of 3.9.
    2010 Chateau Haut Brion is deep ruby with a purple rim that shines in the glass. The wine is filled with smoke, earth, hot stones, spice, blackberry, cassis and hints of licorice. Full bodied and concentrated with multiple layers of spicy, fresh, rich dark fruit and cassis flavors that fill your palate, this elegant, regal wine builds in the mouth. From the first touch on your palate, it’s difficult to imagine the incredible length found in this wine. I timed the finish twice to make sure I had not lost track of the time. I shook my watch to ensure it was running correctly. This incredible wine remains on your palate for close to 80 seconds! Balanced, harmonious and regal, this will be an amazing wine to experience at maturity. 98-100 Pts

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  • By Chris Kissack
    April 2011, (See more on Winedoctor...) 18.5-19. points

    (Chateau Haut-Brion (Pessac-Léognan)) Cabernet Sauvignon 57%, Merlot 23%, Cabernet Franc 20%. The alcohol here is 14.6%. A very dark and restrained hue here, concentrated with a black plum character. Vibrant and yet totally opaque. Oh my, the nose. There is such purity here, such definition, a pure essence of blackcurrant and damson. What follows on the palate is a defined, rolling and sweet layer of fruit, which glides across the palate revealing as it does so a wonderfully fine tannic structure, displaying the wine's powerful substance but keeping it all very balanced and in keeping with the wine. The tannic substance is wonderful, the tannins showing a sooty density although they have a deep, velvety texture. Fantastic substance here. Really great wine but there is a very certain substance to it especially in the finish. Really super despite the higher alcohol here.

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