2003 Haut Brion Bordeaux Blend
Bordeaux Blend - 750ML
  • JS 96
  • WS 96
  • WA 95
  • IWC 94
  • W&S 93
  • JR 93

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JS 96
James Suckling - jamessuckling.com, April 2011
An intense opulent nose with notes of ripe fruits and meat. An exotic and decadent wine it boasts a full body with big velvety tannins and loads of complexity. Layers and layers of flavors. Let this sit until 2015. Find... An intense opulent nose with notes of ripe fruits and meat. An exotic and decadent wine it boasts a full body with big velvety tannins and loads of complexity. Layers and layers of flavors. Let this sit until 2015. Find the wine.
WS 96
Wine Spectator - Wine Spectator, March 2006
Complex aromas of black licorice tobacco and cedar with red fruits. Full-bodied with superseductive silky tannins loads of fruit and a finish that lasts for minutes. A beauty in all the sense of the word. Best after 2012... Complex aromas of black licorice tobacco and cedar with red fruits. Full-bodied with superseductive silky tannins loads of fruit and a finish that lasts for minutes. A beauty in all the sense of the word. Best after 2012. 10000 cases made. (JS)
WA 95
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, August 2014
Even better, and clearly the best wine made in the Haut-Brion stable in 2003 (the last vintage of the great Jean-Bernard Delmas as administrator), the 2003 Haut-Brion is a blend of 58% Merlot, 31% Cabernet Sauvignon and... Even better, and clearly the best wine made in the Haut-Brion stable in 2003 (the last vintage of the great Jean-Bernard Delmas as administrator), the 2003 Haut-Brion is a blend of 58% Merlot, 31% Cabernet Sauvignon and 11% Cabernet Franc that hit 13% natural alcohol, which seemed high at the time, but given more recent vintages is modest. Dark ruby/plum in color, with no amber or orange at the edge, the wine exhibits an abundance of roasted herbs, hot rocks, black currants, plum, and balsamic notes. Quite rich, medium to full-bodied and more complete, with sweeter tannins than La Mission Haut-Brion, this full-bodied Haut-Brion has hit full maturity, where it should stay for at least a decade. Bravo! - Robert M. Parker, Jr.
IWC 94
Stephen Tanzer's IWC - Stephen Tanzer's IWC, June 2006
Deep ruby-red. The freshest on the nose of the 2003s at this address offering slightly high-toned smoky raspberry minerals and graphite and a suggestion of medicinal austerity. Offers great breadth and early charm but... Deep ruby-red. The freshest on the nose of the 2003s at this address offering slightly high-toned smoky raspberry minerals and graphite and a suggestion of medicinal austerity. Offers great breadth and early charm but also possesses very firm underlying structure. Finishes with big ripe tannins and outstanding grip and length.
W&S 93
Wine & Spirits - Wine & Spirits, October 2006
This has the deep stoniness of Haut-Brion but it's hard to recognize through all the sweet fruit. Initially that sweet ripeness puts it in line with Napa Valley cabernets tasting sleek firm and intense. The tannins become... This has the deep stoniness of Haut-Brion but it's hard to recognize through all the sweet fruit. Initially that sweet ripeness puts it in line with Napa Valley cabernets tasting sleek firm and intense. The tannins become more prominent with air making the wine feel huge and muscular gripping all the flavor and closing it down. Rather than freshness this offers robust mineral flavor and strength of tannin to carry it into maturity.
JR 93
Jancis Robinson - Jancis Robinson's Purple Pages, November 2013
Dark ruby. Opulent and sweet with some real depth of flavour. The slightly burnt note was more indicative of Haut-Brion's 'warm bricks' character than sunburnt grapes. Long, rich and quite satisfying. Lively and very... Dark ruby. Opulent and sweet with some real depth of flavour. The slightly burnt note was more indicative of Haut-Brion's 'warm bricks' character than sunburnt grapes. Long, rich and quite satisfying. Lively and very fresh with a cool, dry finish. Not remotely like the stereotype of an overripe 2003. Neat and dry on the end. 18/20
Color & Type Red
Varietal Bordeaux Blend
Country France
Region Bordeaux
Sub-region Pessac Leognan
Vintage 2003

Label

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.

Winery

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.