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CHÂTEAU HAUT-BRION 1995 (1) 96 WA CHÂTEAU LATOUR 1999 (1) 94 WA


CHÂTEAU HAUT-BRION 1995 (1) PESSAC-LÉOGNAN. 1ER CRU CLASSÉ IT IS FUN TO GO BACK AND FORTH BETWEEN THE 1995 AND 1996, TWO SUPERB VINTAGES FOR HAUT-BRION. THE 1995 SEEMS TO HAVE SWEETER TANNIN AND A BIT MORE FAT AND SEAMLESSNESS WHEN COMPARED TO THE MORE STRUCTURED AND MUSCULAR 1996. CERTAINLY 1995 WAS A VINTAGE THAT THE BRILLIANT ADMINISTRATOR JEAN DELMAS HANDLED FLAWLESSLY. THE RESULT IS A DEEP RUBY/PURPLE-COLORED WINE WITH A TIGHT BUT PROMISING NOSE OF BURNING WOOD EMBERS INTERMIXED WITH VANILLA, SPICE BOX, EARTH, MINERAL, SWEET CHERRY, BLACK CURRANT, PLUM-LIKE FRUIT, MEDIUM TO FULL BODY, A HIGH LEVEL OF RIPE BUT SWEET TANNIN, AND A FINISH THAT GOES ON FOR A GOOD 40-45 SECONDS. THIS WINE IS JUST BEGINNING TO EMERGE FROM A VERY CLOSED STATE WHERE IT WAS UNYIELDING AND BACKWARD. ANTICIPATED MATURITY: 2006-2035. LAST TASTED, 11/02. 96 WA CHÂTEAU LATOUR 1999 (1) PAUILLAC. 1ER CRU CLASSÉ STAINED LABEL READERS LOOKING FOR A MODERN DAY VERSION OF LATOUR'S MAGNIFICENT 1962 OR 1971 SHOULD CHECK OUT THE SENSATIONAL 1999 LATOUR. IT IS A BIG, CONCENTRATED OFFERING, EXHIBITING A DENSE RUBY/PURPLE COLOR, AND A CLASSIC NOSE OF MINERALS, BLACK CURRANTS, LEATHER, AND VANILLA. THE WINE IS LONG, RIPE, AND MEDIUM-BODIED, WITH HIGH LEVELS OF SWEET TANNIN. THIS SURPRISINGLY FULL, CONCENTRATED 1999 SHOULD BE DRINKABLE IN 5-6 YEARS; IT WILL LAST FOR THREE DECADES. APRIL 2002 94 WA 2 BTS. PER LOT $1,000 - $1,200




Price Realised: $1458



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