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Community Tasting Notes (55) Avg Score: 94.2 points

  • Dusty earthy leather, dry tobacco, dried red stone fruits. In nice shape and drink well. Mature and likely on slow down slope, forest floor, full of tobacco and wet soil. Gravelly edge. Soft, smooth, although slightly rustic with an iron ore finish. Drink up, but holding.

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  • Tasted alongside the 90 La Mission Haut Brion this was impossibly youthful. The nose had a nice balance of soil and dark sweet cherries and on the tongue we got chocolate covered cherries, mint chocolate and plums. I am not sure how long this will last as it was consumed rather quickly so we were not able to assess how it could develop after a few hours of being open. Again, I still can't believe how young this wine tasted and it was definitely showing much better than the 90 La Mission.

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  • I went back and forth, but in the end believe this bottle was corked. Though I was still able to get that banana oil note I recall from the last one.

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  • very nice, balanced but not stellar compared with the 61 la mission (marred by a burnt attack) but still lovely with all the class HB characterisitcs

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  • After a weaker bottle at Christmas this time a blockbuster-bottle again. WOTN of a small HB-tasting (1964-1995). Beguling nose with plenties of smoke, coffee and asphalt, slightly green and rustic notes disappeared with time. After 2 hrs (not decanted) it blossomed with sweet ripe fruits, a creamy seamless texture and a long and wonderful finish. All in perfect balance. Archetypical Haut Brion. Drink now and before 2025. Bottle, no. 5 of an OWC from the Nicolas Selection, reconditioned at the Chateau in 1996 (2nd hand after this), perfect fill and lables.

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  • By John Kapon
    A Christmas Tale: The Emperor Needs No Clothes, 12/25/2011 92 points

    (Haut Brion) A 1966 Haut Brion was no match for the 1945, showing more green bean and stalk in its nose, with a touch of chocolate. The palate was clean, fresh and smooth, with a nice waterbed of cassis underneath. There was tobacco and Graves earth on its finish. This was a smooth and satiny HB, ‘water from Heaven,’ someone remarked (92).
  • By John Kapon
    Hong Kong Diaries, 10/4/2009 91M points

    (Haut Brion) A magnum of 1966 Haut Brion was all about the coffee in the nose. Its palate was smooth and satiny, soft and tender, fully mature and ready to go. While not in the category of the greatest Haut Brions, it is still very good, though probably best to drink up (91M).

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