1994 Haut-Brion 750ml

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1994 Haut-Brion
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Wine Advocate | 93

One of my favorite and most educational visits in Bordeaux is the time I spend with Haut-Brion's highly respected administrator, Jean Delmas. Delmas is the thinking man's winemaker, with a level of experience and success that is unequaled in Bordeaux. On this visit, we discussed at length the strong tendency in Bordeaux to produce wines with higher and higher percentages of Merlot. As Jean Delmas says, (1), Merlot provides grapes that can be picked earlier, and tend to ripen with higher degrees of sugar, thus producing wines with higher alcohol. (2) Merlot has less acidity, which, combined with its tendency to produce high alcohol, results in a sweeter, supple, and initially more seductive wine. (3) Winemakers can extract more from Merlot than they can from Cabernet Sauvignon, thus they can vinify Merlot at higher temperatures, ultimately producing exotic, opulent wines that are thrilling to taste young. However, as Delmas pointed out, it is the Cabernet Sauvignon that provides the structure, backbone, and, to his palate, ultimately the greatest measure of complexity, character, and Bordeaux typicity. Jean Delmas enjoys a sumptuous Merlot-based wine as much as any Bordeaux wine lover I know, but he is concerned by the replacement of Cabernet Sauvignon vineyards with Merlot. In short, he worries that much of the intrinsic character of many Medoc and Graves chateaux could be muted or lost in a succession of exotic, flashy, glitzy wines that are garish Medoc imitations of Pomerols and St.-Emilions - something to think about. In contrast to the 1993's penetrating, upfront aromas, the 1994 is closed aromatically. With coaxing, some truffle-like, sweet, black fruit aromas, as well as those of mineral/stones come forward. This spicy, full-bodied, powerful wine is a more masculine, structured effort than the 1993, with a potentially more complex, richer character. It is superbly crafted, beautifully balanced, and as pure as a wine can be. The integration of new oak, acidity, and tannin is commendable.

Drink Dates: 2002-2025
Author: Robert Parker
Issue: 109

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Wine Spectator | 94

Has wonderful richness and suppleness, lovely fruit and harmony. A superb example of a graceful, balanced wine that is delicious now and can evolve over many years.--Haut-Brion vertical.

Author: Harvey Steiman


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Score: 93
Author: marv
Trust Rating: 98
Tasted On: 06/25/2014
Mature
Score: 92
Author: TAs Super Cellar
Trust Rating: 100
Tasted On: 02/09/2013
Deep red colour; notes of red fruits with a certain dryness on the nose; smooth and elegant on the palate with noters of cherries; soem dryness at the end. N.B. Sten guessed it was Haut Brion on a blind tasting!
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Author: raphaelmatias
Trust Rating: 76
Tasted On: 11/22/2011
95
Score: 95
Author: botro
Trust Rating: 99
Tasted On: 11/21/2009
Drink Dates: 2005-2025
I really enjoy Haut Brion in years that are not the "vintage of the century." In these years Haut Brion seems to have terrific finesse (and lower prices). This wine is rich, slightly spicy with smoky flavor in a well balanced long finish. Evolves for hours in the glass or bottle.
Score: 95
Author: Will M.
Trust Rating: 100
Tasted On: 07/29/2009
Drink Dates: 2009-2015
Great acidity, well balanced, merlot came out, very bright, long pure finish, hints of prune. Simply amazing, opened up a lot in an hour, drinking well now.

About This Producer


Since its founding in 1525, Chateau Haut-Brion has passed between many illustrious owners, including admirals, archbishops, and mayors of Bordeaux. In recent years, the estate has come under the ownership of Clarence Douglas Dillon, Ambassador of the United States in Paris and Minister of Finance under President John F. Kennedy, making it the only American-owned First Growth property. Currently, Dillon's granddaughter, the Duchesse de Mouchy, oversees Haut-Brion, among many others, under the public limited company of "Domaine Clarence Dillon."

Chateau Haut-Brion is also the only First Growth property from the 1855 Classification that lies outside of the Medoc and Sauternes. Located in Pessac, within the Graves region, just one mile from the city of Bordeaux, the wine of Chateau Haut-Brion is highly sought-after, landing it among the most expensive and prestigious wines in France. The estate vineyards, dominated by gravel and clay, are planted to both red and white varietals: Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc; and Semillon and Sauvignon Blanc. Haut-Brion is characterized by earthy scents, ripe fruit, tobacco and mineral, revealing aromas of chocolate and smoke and creating an elegant and harmonious wine that is highly structured, allowing it to age seamlessly.


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