1993 Haut Brion



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Average critic rating : 91.5 points

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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. Robert Parker, Wine Advocate # 109.

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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. James Suckling, Wine Spectator 1997



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Barely outside the city of Bordeaux, nestled in the suburbs of Pessac-Léognan, lies one of Bordeaux’s great wines, Ch. Haut-Brion. Of the five first growths of Bordeaux, Haut-Brion is the connoisseurs’ grand vin. Indeed, ask anyone lucky enough to regularly drink first growth claret what their favourite one is and the answer will almost invariably be Haut-Brion.

Both red and white wines are made at Haut-Brion. The red vineyards are planted to 40% Cabernet Sauvignon, 37% Merlot and 18% Cabernet Franc. The white, one of the World’s finest white white wines, is roughly 63% Semillon and 37% Sauvignon Blanc. Two second wines are made: the red is Le Clarence de Ch. Haut-Brion ; the white is La Clarté de Haut-Brion Blanc . The red was known as Bahans Haut Brion up to 2006.

The high content of Merlot relative to its first growth peers is one of the factors that set Haut-Brion apart, as is its size. With an annual production of around 10,000 cases of the grand vin, this is the rarest of the first growths, and with up to 50% Merlot in the final blend it is often the most voluptuous. Sister property La Mission Haut-Brion is situated just across the road and, whilst not classified as such, often produced wines of first growth quality.



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