Absolutely loved this. Wonderful nose of black fruit, pencil shavings, a touch of mint. Perfect balance and a finish that just kept on going forever. Plenty of stuffing for this to keep getting better for decades to come. Pretty darn close to perfection.
Sam G 50th BDay Celebration (Massimo's, Walnut Creek): nose - mint, cherry, tinge of smoke mouth - very focused, laser beam dark cherry, solid fruit. I agree with Tanzer that this is wine tastes 'unmanipulated'. Nice minearlity with a touch of herbality. Much more balanced than the 2000 Pavie which it was tasted next to.
Quite youthful in colour, slightly lighter towards the rim, deep crimson. Complex, deep nose, ripe red and black fruit, liquorice, mint, sweet tobacco. Grippy on the palate, but the tannins are round and ripe, very well balanced, fresh, already showing fantastic structure and complexity as well as enormous length. A wonderful wine in the making. 96-97+
5 Decades of Haut Brion, with James Handford MW (Handford Wines, London): Not as dark as we expected to be for the age. Fine, elegant nose, light pepper, floral at times maybe some orange blossom? Light cocoa. Young and firm on the palate, closed but not angular. Has the power but lacks charm and charisma at this stage. Has potential for sure whether it becomes the wine it is promised to be we shall see. needs 10-15yrs we think. We will not rate but if we had at the moment not more than a 92. Wait.
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(Haut Brion) The third flight was all First Growths: the few, the proud, and the increasingly wealthier. The 2000 Haut Brion was sweet, smoky and spicy. Aromas of cinnamon, sweet perfume and cassis were present in its bready and nutty nose. The palate was long, balanced and elegant, quite regal and fine. Wendy was all over its ‘walnuts,’ while Mike keenly observed its ‘smoked wood and hickory.’ There was great gravel to this outstanding wine, and tremendous definition and pop to its finish
(Chateau Haut Brion) Easily my second favorite wine of the vertical. This wine had it all. The nose was deep, brooding and ominous. I loved it. Certain nose of certain wines have this all encompassing aspect that also includes a shade of evil. This definetly had that. Lots of minerality with a wisp of deep cassis fruit and currants. That gravelly quality really starts to show itself. Long, firm and structured palate with great finesse. Enormously concentrated but never heavy with just perfect balance. Acid gives this great freshness. A stunner that easily has 40-50 years ahead of it. True first growth vin de garde. I love the 2000 vintage.
(Haut Brion) The eighth wine of the second session had a mild nose by comparison, seemingly shy, smooth and easy in the nose, although I felt that there was something lurking in the shadows. The palate was all about the finish for me, sandy, dusty, earthy and with lots of potential, but its front and mid-palate did little for me at this stage. This wine was hibernating, dormant, whatever you want to call it, but perhaps it was me as this was the most popular wine of the night
(Haut-Brion) Shitake mushrooms. gravel, raspberry sauce, earth, chocolate, nose is unreal!! Tobacco, tar, just singing in the glass. Every great scent that makes Haut Brion what it is is just screaming out of this glass as I type. This has to be the most unique of the first growths. Silky, seamless yet so elegant on the palate with unreal fruit. Concentrated with grainy tannins. Eternal on the finish. Little closed but man what a nose on this wine!