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1994 Haut-Brion 750ml
1994 Haut-Brion
France - Bordeaux - Pessac Leognan / First Growth
Red / Bordeaux Blend
1994 Haut-Brion
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Professional Reviews

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93

Wine Advocate Author: Robert Parker Issue: 109

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.

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94

Wine Spectator Author: Harvey Steiman

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.

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Community Reviews

93

marv Trust Rating: 99 Tasted On: 06/25/2014

Mature

92

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!

raphaelmatias Trust Rating: 76 Tasted On: 11/22/2011

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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.

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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.

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