Friday, December 09, 2005

Chateau Haut Brion

Chateau Haut Brion

The Chateau Haut Brion dates back to year 1525. It is said about Chatueau Haut Brion that it is the only American-owned first growth and definitely Bordeaux’s first globally acclaimed wine making estate. With the passage of time it kept on growing at a fast pace. Since 1525, Chateau Haut Brion has grown in stature. The rate of growth is virtually amazing. Not only that, it has even made it’s presence felt across the globe. In the contemporary phase of 1960’s Haut Brion understandably, was said to be the first of the big and great growths to come out with the new ideas of stainless steel fermentation vats.

Vintages of Chateau Haut Brion

Chateau Haut Brion 2003

This vintage is known to render the aromas of chocolate, tobacco, currants and toasted oak. It features deep ruby/purple color, gives the palate of ripe fruits, and is offered with velvety tannins and great depth of fruits.

Chateau Haut Brion 2000

This specifically is characterized by aromas of spring flowers, blackberries and seductive strawberry. The flavor is milder and more ethereal than La Mission’s two thousands.
Chateau Haut Brion 1996

It has a lovely golden color backed by a well-formed nose. Its flavors are well blended with rich and smooth, creamy and buttery pear fruit acidity. In addition, the flavor shows hints of almonds, peach and citrus. In all, the Chateau Haut Brion 1996 is a well-balanced vintage.

Chateau Haut Brion 1995

In this case, the nose is found to be very rich and fruity, which is in contrast to the 1996 vintage. More so, the palate is inelegant and the finish is a bit long.

Chateau Haut Brion 1994

This vintage is dry and tinged with a black cherry note, gentle, restrained, and earthy berry fruit. It is crimson, dark, and rich ruby in appearance. It has quite generous fruit peaks as also good balance and length.

Chateau Haut Brion 1990

This vintage is high in glycerol, having enormous depth and quite an evolved nose of roasting coffee with caramel and cooking fruit. It possesses very delicate tannin and a good deal of savory fruit.

Chateau Haut Brion Blanc 1989

The vintage has a nice golden yellow color, with an aroma of developed wax, wet wool, peaches, vanilla, and nuts. The palate has fullness of fruit with flavors of lush apricot, oranges and some creaminess. Medium bodied, this wine is rich in texture. The well-integrated acidity leads to a long and rich finish. It is a tasty and excellent wine.

Chateau Haut Brion 1988

It is much less forward than the 1990 vintage, with a more focused pencil, chocolate, mint, violets and nose of black currant with a very long spicy finish .

Chateau Haut Brion 1985

It has a haunting nose of mint, bricks and chocolate, odd and brilliant. It is supple, without the complexity of some other vintages with velvety texture.

Chateau Haut Brion 1982

Chateau Haut Brion 1982 contains a gamey, spicy nose, properly evolved with tertiary and undergrowth features. However, the important point to be taken into consideration is that balance plays a very important role.