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CHÂTEAU HAUT-BRION 1989 (1) 100 WS 100 WA CHÂTEAU HAUT-BRION 1996 (1) 95 WA


CHÂTEAU HAUT-BRION 1989 (1) PESSAC-LÉOGNAN. 1ER CRU CLASSÉ THE 1989 HAUT-BRION AROMAS RANGE FROM SCORCHED EARTH, LIQUID MINERALS, GRAPHITE, BLACKBERRY AND BLACK CURRANT JAM TO TOAST, LICORICE, AND SPICE BOX. THE LEVELS OF FRUIT, EXTRACT, AND GLYCERIN IN THIS VISCOUS, FULL-BODIED, LOW-ACID WINE ARE AWE-INSPIRING. IT IS STILL IN ITS PRE-ADOLESCENT STAGE OF DEVELOPMENT, AND I WOULD NOT EXPECT IT TO HIT ITS FULL PLATEAU OF MATURITY FOR ANOTHER 3-5 YEARS, BUT THIS SHOULD BE AN HAUT-BRION THAT RIVALS THE GREATEST EVER MADE AT THIS ESTATE. ANTICIPATED MATURITY: 2005-2030. LAST TASTED, 1/03. 100 WS 100 WA CHÂTEAU HAUT-BRION 1996 (1) PESSAC-LÉOGNAN. 1ER CRU CLASSÉ SLIGHT SCUFF ON LABEL THE 1996 HAUT-BRION, A BLEND OF 50% MERLOT, 39% CABERNET SAUVIGNON AND 11% CABERNET FRANC IS CLEARLY ON A HIGHER PLANE THAN THE LA MISSION. THERE IS SOMETHING MUCH MORE EXPANSIVE AND COMPLETE ON THE NOSE: GREATER DEPTH OF FRUIT, MORE HARMONIOUS WITH SCENTS OF UNDERBRUSH, TAR, BLACK OLIVE AND THIS BOTTLE PERHAPS LESS "FERAL" THAN I HAVE NOTICED ON PREVIOUS EXAMPLES. THE PALATE IS VERY WELL BALANCED WITH DARK CHERRIES, SOUS-BOIS AND CEDAR. IT WILL CONTINUE TO EVOLVE WITH STYLE AND PANACHE. TASTED JULY 2016. DRINK: 2016-2050 95 WA 2 BTS. PER LOT $2,100 - $2,500




Price Realised: $3000



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