Chateau Haut-Brion 1998
Bordeaux Red Blends
from Pessac-Leognan, Bordeaux, France
ratings pedigree (past vintages):
Very classic deep, dense color. Although slightly closed, the nose discovers a handsome complexity and immense richness. The whole evolves with an evident softness where a mixture of the suaveness and inky depth of a season Porto come to mind. The slightly caramelized ripe fruit melds its hint of wood with the more obvious notes of roasted coffee and cacao. The tannin is superb and still dense. Altogether one finds volume with a rich promise of intensity to come. A very good year that one should patiently wait for.
"Dark color, with decadent aromas of truffles, meat, ripe berries and tobacco. Turns to sweet, crushed berries. Full-bodied, with very polished tannins and a berry and mineral aftertaste. The serious tannin structure is still hiding behind the fruit of the wine. Tightly wound and beautiful. Solid as a rock. A classic wine."
"As reported over the last two years, this is a prodigious Haut-Brion. It exhibits a dense ruby/purple color in addition to a tight, but incredibly promising nose of smoke, earth, minerals, lead pencil, black currants, cherries, and spice. This full-bodied wine unfolds slowly, but convincingly on the palate, revealing a rich, multi-tiered, stunningly pure, symmetrical style with wonderful sweetness, ripe tannin, and a finish that lasts for nearly 45 seconds. It tastes like liquid nobility. Anticipated maturity: 2008-2035."
The Wine Advocate
"Good medium ruby. Aristocratic, highly complex nose hints at plum, roast coffee, leather, grilled nuts, tobacco and earth. A bit reticent today but already offers an uncanny amalgamation of density and vinosity. A very suave, subtle wine that finishes with creamy, sweet tannins and terrific grip and length. Was there a more consistently outstanding first growth through the decade of the '90s?
International Wine Cellar
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