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1979 Château Haut-Brion

  • 88 WS
  • Variety
    Red Bordeaux Blend
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SKU: 51621-1979-750

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  • Wine Spectator | Rating: 88

    Rich, ripe fruit character beneath a layer of chewy tannins. A bit lean in texture but generous with its focused flavors. Reaching its best now.--Haut-Brion vertical.
    Author: Harvey Steiman
  • Bordeaux Book(1998) | Rating: 93

    This wine has enjoyed a spectacular development in the bottle, and, while drinkable upon release, it remains one of the most sumptuous, complex, and satisfying Haut-Brions of the last twenty years. It is certainly the finest wine of the vintage from Bordeaux's Left Bank. The wine has taken on a dark plummy/garnet color, and displays a magnificent tres Haut-Brion nose of jammy black fruits, earth, tobacco, smoke, and sweet fruitcake aromas. It is rich and medium to full-bodied, with impressive elegance, purity, and overall harmony. This is not a powerhouse or exceptionally opulent style of Haut-Brion (such as the 1989 and 1990), but, rather, a more structured, yet authoritatively flavorful wine. It offers power, richness, and elegance in a wine with extraordinary equilibrium. Last tasted 10/97
    Author: Robert Parker
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    Author: 1SK
  • Self | Rating: 95

    Elegant wine. Dark garnet color with aromas of smoke and dried fruit. Dark but incredibly clear (upright 2 weeks prior to opening and carefully decanted). Smoke and dried fruit carry into great flavors complemented by dry aromatic oak. Almost full bodied and has the characteristics of a noble wine. This has been well stored and still showing youth, though undoubtedly fully mature. If you enjoy these aristocratic French wines it doesn't get much better.
    Drink Dates: 1990-2015
    Author: botro
  • Self | Rating: 92

    Lots of bricking. Fabulous nose of tar/bitumen and smoke, maybe a little sandlewood. A bit of fruit, but that dissipated quickly. Smooth with tannins all gone. Medium finish. Lovely, but even at its peak (which is long gone) this was never a 95+ point wine. Fascinating to drink though, and well worth spending some time with.
    Author: OliV
  • Self | Rating: 98

    Opened for 4 hours befroe serving with Filet topped with gorgonzola and mushrooms in a puff pastry with madeira sauce. As usual, this is an incredible wine that just will not quit. Earth, smokey with that Graves signature, this continues to be a favorite bottle and the crowd agreed
    Drink Dates: 2009+
    Author: Ricknat1
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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Collector Data For This Wine

  • 232 bottles owned
  • 75 collectors
  • Average collector rating: 95
    (Out of 75 collectors)