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Community Tasting Notes (202) Avg Score: 95.9 points

  • Certainly the best bottle of this wine that I have had. On the margin, one notch too ripe for my palate even by the standards of the vintage, but this is not a major detractor as there is a wide range of savory and earthy flavors to more than balance. Smooth and velvety, but certainly still at a point where it will benefit from additional bottle age.

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  • Still a deep, solid color. There is a green tobacco note on the nose along with hot asphalt and dark spices. Decanted for 2 hours, it kept improving but is drinking younger than I expected. Strong notes of green tobacco, graphite and black fruits lead to a complex finish with very fine-grained tannins and lovely smoky notes. There is a mean greenie in this bottle which turned me off some and this wine continues to under-perform in the last couple of years. A dumb phase perhaps? 91?

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  • 89 vs 90 tasting. At first I gave the slight edge to the 90 but as the wines opened up more in the glass I reversed scores (95 vs 96) but in the end we're splitting hairs here. Both wines are gorgeous. Earthy smokey dark fruit flavors with incredible depth. An amazingly long finish. The 90 as usual was rounder than the 89.

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  • I really loved the aromatics here of crushed gravel, green pepper and earthy dark red aromas. The palate while quite good was a bit leaner than aromas indicated. Because it was popped and poured from magnum, grabbed a second Poe about an hour later and really opened. This should have been decanted. My bad. Probably unrated this bottle in hindsight.

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  • Holiday Champagne Dinner (Chez Kailin - Northbrook IL): Great aromatic start with dark cherry, liqueur, espresso and dark chocolate, with hints of earth. Slightly less exciting flavors, slightly more evolved, with a good minerally texture.

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  • By John Kapon
    Hong Kong Diaries, 8/29/2007

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  • By Richard Jennings
    4/18/2008, (See more on 94 points

    (Château Haut-Brion) Medium red violet color; focused cassis nose; tasty, deep, tart cassis and mineral palate with a touch of smoke; medium-plus finish 94+ pts.
  • By Richard Jennings
    5/17/2007, (See more on 93 points

    (Château Haut-Brion) Rich berry, cassis nose; lovely, approaching maturity, tart red fruit, cassis, with fine grained tannins; medium-plus finish 93+ pts.

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  • By Lyle Fass
    3/20/2007, (See more on Rockss and Fruit...)

    (Chateau Haut Brion) This was a great wine and many people had it up there with their wines of the night but I can appreciate the quality of this wine but the style was not that much to my liking. Did not seem as clean as the '96 or '00. Ripe, fat and opulent. Easily the most opulent wine of the night. Nose was high-toned and round with a distinct Beaucastel-like touch of brett. There was also green peppercorn, mineral and lots of fruit. This wine showed the most fruit on the nose so far. Palate was complex with good acidity and very ripe. Stayed with you but lacking the cut I look for out of classic Haut Brion.

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