International Wine Cellar
Author: Stephen Tanzer
Issue: Issue 132
($168-$225) Good deep ruby-red. Reticent nose showed some dark cherry with aeration. Densely packed but youthfully closed, even a bit austere today, offering hints of black raspberry and minerals. This is fairly tannic wine (the IPT is 72) but there's nothing hard about it. My sample gained in sweetness and texture with aeration, although its fruit character remained tightly wound. Give this time in a carafe if you plan to try it anytime soon. At this tasting, the '04 La Mission was showing much more personality.
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Author: Robert Parker
The dark plum/ruby-hued 2004 Haut-Brion exhibits a noble, discrete, smoky bouquet revealing notions of plum liqueur, black currants, sweet cherries, and subtle earth. In addition to its aromatic complexity, this medium-bodied effort reveals classic elegance and delicacy as well as sweet fruit in the mouth and a long finish. It is amazingly similar to Haut-Brion's 1999.
Author: James Suckling
Wonderful aromas of dried flowers, currant, berries and mineral. Full-bodied, yet reserved and refined. Lovely texture, with a pure silk feel. Seamless and beautiful. Great length. Even better than from barrel. 12,500 cases made.
Trust Rating: 95
Tasted On: 08/29/2010
Trust Rating: 99
Tasted On: 01/23/2010
Drink Dates: 2015-2035
A rich and tannic Haut Brion that is much too young at this time. Has great fruit and the Haut Brion characteristics but is somewhat austere. I hope it evolves well as it could be a great wine in some years. I would keep this at least 5 more years before trying.
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Trust Rating: 100
Tasted On: 04/28/2009
Drink Dates: 2012-2030
Ruby and medium dark colour. Strong and dense nose with layers of dark fruits and attractive aroma. A pretty structure and full body. Good tannic backbone but not excessive. Some black fruits but also a lot of complex secondary flavour. More acidity than La Mission. Great level of complexity and long aftertaste. Very interesting wine in the future with great potential.
3 people found this review useful.
Trust Rating: 84
Tasted On: 09/30/2009
Trust Rating: 97
Tasted On: 06/18/2008
Drink Dates: 04/01/2008
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I reserve my judgment on this wine because the sample size was simply too small to make a true assessment. While I couldn'tget a true sense of quality, I could make out the tobacco, cigar smoke and blackberry flavors that are undeniable of it?s terroir and pedigree?.making me wish I had the patience for the second bottle to open up
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