nose - tobacco, red berry mouth - cinnamon, tobacco, spicy fruit. this particular bottle was good but not mindblowing as it had been talked up to me. However several of the others in the group went completely goo-goo-ga-ga , so maybe it was really me who was having an off showing? overspiced and underfruited for my palate. I much prefer the 2000 HB which i had a few months back.
89 vs 90. A beautiful wine. The LMHB's were better than the HB's but both pairs were gorgeous. The 89 HB was a bit tighter the the 90 but both had the signature earthy and smokey flavors. Phenomenal fruit and depth.
Translucent crimson. Super-powerful nose that kicks off with pure, rich cassis and a light floral touch. After some aeration, it started to show cigar and graphite and--only after a decent wait--the classic Graves smoky-barbecue character. At its peak it complemented all of this with a tarry, bitter-herb note. The wine was also exceptional in the mouth, simultaneously lightweight and mouth-filling, with extremely well-integrated tannins that provided structure without creating any astringency. It meticulously hit every spot on the palate and delivered an almost unreal length--you couldn't get the taste out of your mouth even if you tried.
This is drinking absolutely great right now--it's wide-open, intense, and accessible. But I still think it's showing only a fraction of the complexity it's capable of: I've had plenty of older vintages of HB and LMHB that I've liked nearly as much as this one despite their lesser pedigree and stuffing, probably just because I seem to prefer my Pessac further along in its evolution. As hard as it is to resist drinking this now, I expect those who manage to be patient will be amply rewarded. My score reflects exclusively current-drinking pleasure--I presume this will reach towards the top of the scale after another 10-15 years in the cellar, but I'll need to taste it in 2030 or so to be sure. The wine did start to deteriorate after around 2.5 hours of air--I don't know how much of a cause for concern that should be.
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(Château Haut-Brion) From 375 ml - bricking dark red violet color; maturing, tart cassis, dried currant, mushroom nose; delicious, balanced and beautiful, dried currant, pencil lead palate; long finish
(Château Haut-Brion) I was so looking forward to this bottle, as I've long loved this vintage of HB. Unfortunately this particular bottle had both brett and TCA. Dark red violet color; brett, TCA and roast beef nose; tasty, tart black fruit, graphite and brett on palate, so not showing at all what this wine is capable of when not TCA afflicted; medium-plus finish
(Château Haut-Brion) Medium red violet color with pale to clear meniscus; mature, redolent, berry and cassis nose; lovely, thoughtful, profound, tart cassis, beef jus, tart plum palate with herbal notes and great structure; long finish
(Chateau Haut Brion) This was just amazing wine and one of the best Bordeaux I have ever had. My first time with this legendary wine. I was expecting to be hit over the head but instead I got a back massage. Delmas' masterpiece as Dave so aptly put it. Defines the whole cerebral element of Haut-Brion with one sniff. Just a cacophany of Haut-Brion goodness seamlessly presented. Tobacco, spice, gravel, mineral, cassis, cherries, cedar, tweed but in such a refined package. Palate had an amazing texture and wonderful acidity which made it come alive on your palate. So elegant and ripe but the harmony here is what separates it from the pack. The finish is brillant and lip-smacking and soooooo long. A masterpiece no matter how you look at it.