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1993 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
93
WS 91
WA 92
Drink Dates
Comm: 2007-2018 WA: 2001-2020
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750ml $395.00
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WA 92
Source Wine Advocate
Issue 109
Drink Dates 2001-2020

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. One of the great wines of the vintage, Haut-Brion's 1993 possesses a dark garnet/plum/purple color, an expressive, fragrant, sweet, berry, blackcurrant, mineral, lead pencil, and earthy-scented nose, and medium to full-bodied, concentrated flavors that reveal none of this vintage's hardness or herbaceousness. This layered wine offers sweet tannin, good length, and outstanding purity. Its price is moderate when compared to more recent vintages of Haut-Brion. Give it 3-4 years of cellaring and consume it between 2001-2020.

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WS 91
Source Wine Spectator

Firm and bright, with nicely realized berry and red plum flavors, suggesting richness and suppleness under fine tannins.--Haut-Brion vertical. 14,000 cases made.

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Author dozman3
Site / Blog   Trust Rating 98.194%
Tasted On 02/23/2014
Drink Dates 2014-2016

this wine is just past its peak, but instead of fading away, now has developed a mellow smokiness that gives it an elegant touch of class commensurate with its age--still fully enjoyable from open to finish. drink up!

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Author botro
Site / Blog   Trust Rating 99.415%
Tasted On 10/12/2013
Drink Dates 2000-2020

Properly stored since purchase. Has some of the traditionally described Haut Brion characteristics of tar and tobacco aromas. Color is medium ruby red with little sign of age from the color. Medium bodied in texture followed by complex flavors - fruit, tobacco, slight oak and earth. This complexity and smoothness reflect the elegance of Haut Brion - not too forward but never backward. Wine was decanted but seemed to decline after 2 hours. I suspect that this will keep but not improve or change dramatically. Enjoy now or keep 10+ more years.

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