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Date Printed: 8/22/2014
Chateau Haut-Brion  1997
Chateau Haut-Brion 1997
(search item no. 14111)
collectible wine


PRICE ON 8/22/2014: $126.49

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2011 Wine Spectator rating: 95 points
2011 The Wine Advocate rating: 95 points
2011 Wine Enthusiast rating: 95 points
2011 James Suckling rating: 95 points
2011 International Wine Cellar rating: 94 points
2010 The Wine Advocate rating: 100 points
2010 Wine Spectator rating: 99 points
2010 International Wine Cellar rating: 98 points
2010 Wine Enthusiast rating: 97 points
2010 James Suckling rating: 97 points
2009 The Wine Advocate rating: 100 points
2009 James Suckling rating: 100 points
2009 Wine Spectator rating: 98 points
2009 International Wine Cellar rating: 97 points
2009 Wine Enthusiast rating: 96 points
2008 The Wine Advocate rating: 96 points
2008 Wine Enthusiast rating: 96 points
2008 International Wine Cellar rating: 93 points
2008 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
2007 Wine Enthusiast rating: 94 points
2007 International Wine Cellar rating: 94 points
2007 The Wine Advocate rating: 92 points
2007 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
2006 The Wine Advocate rating: 96 points
2006 Wine Enthusiast rating: 96 points
2006 International Wine Cellar rating: 95 points
2006 Wine Spectator rating: 94 points
2005 Wine Spectator rating: 100 points
2005 The Wine Advocate rating: 98 points
2005 Wine Enthusiast rating: 98 points
2005 Wine & Spirits rating: 98 points
2005 International Wine Cellar rating: 97 points
2004 Wine & Spirits rating: 96 points
2004 Wine Spectator rating: 95 points
2004 The Wine Advocate rating: 92 points
2003 Wine Spectator rating: 96 points
2003 The Wine Advocate rating: 95 points
2002 Wine Spectator rating: 93 points
2001 Wine Spectator rating: 95 points
2001 The Wine Advocate rating: 94 points
2000 The Wine Advocate rating: 99 points
2000 International Wine Cellar rating: 96 points
1999 The Wine Advocate rating: 93 points
1999 International Wine Cellar rating: 92 points
1998 Wine Spectator rating: 97 points
1998 The Wine Advocate rating: 96 points
1998 International Wine Cellar rating: 94 points
1996 Wine Spectator rating: 93 points
1996 The Wine Advocate rating: 92 points
1996 International Wine Cellar rating: 92 points
1995 The Wine Advocate rating: 96 points
1995 Wine Spectator rating: 95 points
1994 Wine Spectator rating: 94 points
1993 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
1990 The Wine Advocate rating: 98 points
1990 Wine Spectator rating: 94 points
1989 Wine Spectator rating: 100 points
1985 The Wine Advocate rating: 95 points
1985 Wine Spectator rating: 93 points
1983 Wine Spectator rating: 88 points
1982 Wine Spectator rating: 95 points
1982 The Wine Advocate rating: 95 points
1981 Wine Spectator rating: 87 points
1966 Wine Spectator rating: 94 points

Winemaker's Notes:

One recognizes the familiar burnt fragrance along with traces of barrel wood, whiffs of damp earth and odors of ripe berries combining with the rich unctuosity of ripened banana.

In the mouth the volume is impressive with its grainy tannins sometimes showing silky and soft and then again as ever-present and firm.

The presence of these classic tannins obviate its enormous capacity to develop into a great vintage. Already a delicious wine the characteristic Haut-Brion trait showing tannins simultaneously soft and firm assure its lengthy, lingering, satisfying taste as it caresses the palate.

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About Chateau Haut-Brion:

Château Haut-Brion is the oldest and by far the smallest of the "Premiers Grands Crus" vineyards of the Gironde 1855 classification. Château Haut-Brion is one of the few remaining family-owned domains of the Bordeaux region with a history going back to the 16th century. It has been owned by the American Dillon family since 1935.