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1979 Haut-Brion Bordeaux Blend - France - Bordeaux - Pessac Leognan - Red - First Growth

France - Bordeaux - Pessac Leognan

Red Bordeaux Blend - First Growth
Producer Notes

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,... More »

Score
95
Drink Dates
Comm: 1999-2015 VF: 1994-2006
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Author botro
Site / Blog   Trust Rating 99.415%
Tasted On 12/26/2011
Drink Dates 1990-2015

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.

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Author OliV
Site / Blog   Trust Rating 88.889%
Tasted On 07/27/2011

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.

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Author Anon
Site / Blog Trust Rating 97.436%
Tasted On 08/19/2010

3cm

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Author Ricknat1
Site / Blog   Trust Rating 99.332%
Tasted On 12/13/2009
Drink Dates 2009+

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

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