Grapes: 40% Cabernet Sauvignon, 58% Merlot, 3% Cot and 5% Petit Verdot.
Tasting: Deep garnet red in appearance with a purple luster. On the nose, where the full impression has yet to develop, there is a suggestion of summer berries with notes of blackcurrant. The tasting reveals a wine of rather supple attack, distinguished by a firm, tannic structure which is the mark of all Cabernet Sauvignons and which a further year's development will help to render more supple.
Kept in reserve for the time being, the 1997 Château Haut-Beauséjour still has some years' maturation to go before coming into its own. A masculine wine of classic Saint-Estèphe style.