Château Haut-Brion 2000
"Is this as good as the 1989? Certainly it is lush and powerful, lingering and expanding in the mouth with sweet tobacco and cigar box notes, along with still young blackcurrant and blackberry fruits, all given lift by the trademark Haut-Brion aromatics." Decanter Magazine
|Grape Blend||Merlot 51%, Cabernet Franc 9%, Cabernet Sauvignon 40%|
|Label Quality||Glue-striped labels|
Château Haut-Brion's 2000 comes from a great Bordeaux vintage and was purchased in its original wooden case.
There is a refreshing lack of pretension at Haut-Brion, whose intensely aromatic, concentrated fine red wines are consistently viewed as some of the very best in the entire Bordeaux region, including its fellow first growths of the Médoc.
Haut-Brion is also the least well-known of the first growths, and so its fine red wines rarely achieve a higher price than its contemporaries, which is good news for astute buyers. The Château was established atop two knolls or gravel croupes by the Pontac family in 1550 and has passed through five families since; being currently owned by the Dillon family. The real key to the estate's steadfast position amongst Bordeaux's elite has been the long, stable tenure of winemakers, particularly the (now late) legendary Jean-Bernard Delmas and his son, Jean-Philippe Delmas.
"Is this as good as the 1989? Certainly it is lush and powerful, lingering and expanding in the mouth with sweet tobacco and cigar box notes, along with still young blackcurrant and blackberry fruits, all given lift by the trademark Haut-Brion aromatics. It beds in and shakes off early reticence after a good hour in the glass, suggesting that this is only just leaving its primary phase and has many decades left ahead of it. A great wine that highlights the success of Haut-Brion under the partnership of estate director Jean-Bernard Delmas, father of current director Jean-Philippe Delmas, and owner Joan Dillon the Duchess of Mouchy (president of the company until 2008 before handing over to her son Prince Robert of Luxembourg). A supremely confident wine that is hard to fault in its depth of expression." Decanter Magazine
"I was not surprised to find the 2000 Chateau Haut-Brion flirting with perfection. The nose is simply breathtaking - quintessential Haut-Brion with ebullient red berry fruit, roasted herbs, gravel, terracotta tiles on a warm summer's day...it is simply wave after wave of intoxicating scents that could bring even the most stoic person to tears of joy. The palate displays heavenly balance, pitch-perfect acidity, perhaps spicier than previous bottles that I have tasted, and what depth and dimension in this outstanding wine. That hint of graphite on the finish is a cheeky nod to Pauillac, as if to thumb its nose at the First Growths, because alongside Chateau Latour, almost by stealth, the Haut-Brion is one of the greatest Bordeaux in this millennial year." robertparker.com
"Roasted plum, currant, tobacco and minerals on the nose. Compellingly dense and thick but almost miraculously lively and light on its feet. Has a texture like liquid velvet, coating the entire palate. Wonderfully unmanipulated wine, with perfectly integrated acids giving it superb subtle vinosity and thrust. Finishes with outstanding building persistence, with the substantial tannins perfectly supported by the wine's fat middle." Stephen Tanzer