1997 - Ch Haut Brion 1er Cru Pessac-Léognan
Colour
Red
Producer
Château Haut-Brion
Region
Pessac-Léognan
Grape
Cabernet Sauvignon / Merlot / Cabernet Franc
Drinking
2004 - 2034
Case size
6x150cl
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1997 CH HAUT BRION 1ER CRU PESSAC-LÉOGNAN - 6x150cl

Colour
Red
Producer
Château Haut-Brion
Region
Pessac-Léognan
Grape
Cabernet Sauvignon / Merlot / Cabernet Franc
Drinking
2004 - 2034
Case size
6x150cl
Available Now
Duty Paid (Inc. VAT)
Case price £4,832.14 (Inc. VAT)
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Tasting Notes

  • RP2

    Robert Parker, April 1998,
    Score: 91-93

    Haut-Brion's 1997 is an unqualified success, and among the finest of the first-growths. The color is an opaque ruby/purple. The evolved nose offers up aromas of tar, tobacco, and sweet, jammy plum and black currant fruit. Medium-bodied, with exceptional harmony, low acidity, and sweet tannin, it boasts a surprisingly long, seductive, pure finish. As the wine sat in the glass, more chocolate, tobacco, and black fruits emerged. It is hard to compare this Haut-Brion with other vintages. Obviously it is not as powerful, packed, and stacked as the 1995 or 1996, yet the 1997 is a silky-textured, luscious Haut-Brion that will drink well when released, and last for two decades. Drink: 1998-2018. A severe selection was employed for the grand vin at Haut-Brion, with only 45% of the production making it into the final blend. Only 35% of the remaining production went into the second wine, Bahans-Haut-Brion.

  • RP1

    Robert Parker, April 1999,
    Score: 89-90

    The 1997 Haut Briondisplays a deep, saturated ruby/purple color, as well as an excellent, evolved nose of black fruits, minerals, earth, and pain grille. It is a wine of finesse and rich fruit rather than one of power, structure, and volume. Medium-bodied, lush, and remarkably easy to drink. This wine should evolve quickly, and keep for 15+ years. Anticipated maturity: 2001-2015.

  • RP

    Robert Parker, April 2000,
    Score: 89

    This light to middle-weight Haut-Brion exhibits an evolved, sweet red and black currant nose with notions of scorched earth, minerals, and tobacco. Although not big, it exhibits fine ripeness, harmony, and elegance, velvety tannin, and sweet fruit presented in a charming, open-knit, evolved format. The wine may develop even more complexity, meriting a higher score. Anticipated maturity: 2001-2014.

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Producer

Château Haut-Brion

Arguably the oldest recognised Bordeaux grand cru, Haut Brion has been owned by the American Dillon family since 1935. The Château was an early moderniser - the first estate to implement steel vats in 1961 - and over the years, their incredible investments have re-established the inherent quality of this property, enabling it to emerge as possibly the most consistent first growth since the 1980s. Situated in Pessac-Léognan in Graves, the estate is the only classified growth located outside the Médoc. Château Haut Brion has the most Merlot and the most Cabernet Franc of any of the First Growths and the second wine is Bahans Haut Brion.

Region

Pessac-Léognan

Stretching from the rather unglamorous southern suburbs of Bordeaux, for 50 km along the left bank of the river Garonne, lies Graves. Named for its gravelly soil, a relic of Ice Age glaciers, this is the birthplace of claret, despatched from the Middle Ages onwards from the nearby quayside to England in vast quantities. It can feel as though Bordeaux is just about red wines, but some sensational white wines are produced in this area from a blend of sauvignon blanc, Semillon and, occasionally, muscadelle grapes, often fermented and aged in barrel. In particular, Domaine de Chevalier is renowned for its superbly complex whites, which continue to develop in bottle over decades. A premium appellation, Pessac-Leognan, was created in 1987 for the most prestigious terroirs within Graves. These are soils with exceptional drainage, made up of gravel terraces built up in layers over many millennia, and consequently thrive in mediocre vintages but are less likely to perform well in hotter years. These wines were appraised and graded in their own classification system in 1953 and updated in 1959, but, like the 1855 classification system, this should be regarded with caution and the wines must absolutely be assessed on their own current merits.