1998 Haut Brion Bordeaux Blend
Bordeaux Blend - 750ML

  • NM 98
  • WS 97
  • WA 96
  • W&S 96
  • JR 96
  • IWC 94

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Reg: $495.00

$465.00

This product is
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NM 98
Neal Martin's Wine Journal - Neal Martin's Wine Journal, May 2008
A deep garnet core with deep brick rim. The nose is just fantastic, just soars from the glass with brilliant delineation and freshness; black olives, blackberry leaf, blueberry and a touch of iodine. At this stage it has... A deep garnet core with deep brick rim. The nose is just fantastic, just soars from the glass with brilliant delineation and freshness; black olives, blackberry leaf, blueberry and a touch of iodine. At this stage it has slightly more breeding than the La Mission, although that wine has more immediacy. The palate is awesome: full-bodied, more structure than La Mission, nigh on perfect balance and tension. There is a natural quality to this wine, a beguiling sense of harmony that will ensure that this will become the best Haut Brion since the 1989 (on par with the criminally overlooked 1990.) The finish has a gorgeous suppleness to it: notes of blackberry, cherry liqueur, black olives and a touch of oyster shell. Very long in length. Awesome.
WS 97
Wine Spectator - Wine Spectator, January 2009
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... 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.-'88/'98 Bordeaux blind retrospective (2008). Best after 2011. -JS
WA 96
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, April 2001
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... 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.</P>
W&S 96
Wine & Spirits - Wine & Spirits, April 2002
Rated, no tasting note given.
JR 96
Jancis Robinson - Jancis Robinson's Purple Pages, July 2015
Sumptuous wine made from 60% Merlot served at the château. Mellow, suave, long and polished. Glorious bottle. Great balance. Saw me nicely on to the Bordeaux-Carcassonne train that afternoon. 19/20
IWC 94
Stephen Tanzer's IWC - Stephen Tanzer's IWC, May 2001
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... 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? 94(+?) points
Color & Type Red
Varietal Bordeaux Blend
Country France
Region Bordeaux
Sub-region Pessac Leognan
Vintage 1998

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Haut-Brion’s grand vin is the embodiment of five centuries of tradition and plays a pivotal role in the worldwide history of wine. It is the oldest of the Bordeaux classed growths, the inventor of a new style of wine fashioned in the seventeenth century, and considered the world’s first luxury brand.

Typically more Merlot dominant than other Left Bank wines, the terroir of Haut-Brion is expressed through its empyreumatic bouquet (Havana cigars, chocolate, roasting, cedar wood, and so on). The attack is restrained, with precise yet exceedingly soft tannins. But the power of this wine is revealed in the surprising long mid-palate and even longer finish.

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Haut Brion

The oldest of Bordeaux’s five first growths and the only property outside the Medoc to be included in the 1855 Classification, Chateau Haut-Brion was founded by Jean de Pontac in 1533. The name derives from the Celtic word briga, meaning “hill” or “high place”, and refers to the gravelly elevated terrain situated between the Le Peuge and Le Serpent streams.

History shows that as early as 1660, Haut-Brion wines were already appreciated at royal tables as evidenced by the purchase of 169 bottles by King Charles II of England, noted in the royal cellar book. Among the wine’s admirers are the famous London diarist Samuel Pepys, and Thomas Jefferson, who had distinguished the wine’s quality long before the 1855 Classification.

Arnaud III de Pontac was responsible for building the estate’s international reputation and for creating a new style of wine that is the basis for all currently classified growths - an era which historians have described as a revolution in winemaking.

Chateau Haut-Brion was acquired by the American financier Clarence Dillon on May 13, 1935 and has been managed by the same family since. Much of the estate’s success is also credited to the Delmas family, who have worked the estate for three generations. Nearly five centuries after the creation of its vineyard and 350 years after the first published mention under its current name, Chateau Haut-Brion remains one of the finest wines in the world today.