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2003 Château Haut-Brion

Graves, Pessac-Léognan, 1er cru classé
(OWC)

Ex-château; earliest anticipated arrival is three months from time of payment. help
 
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PRICE:
$2,190.00 per Double Magnum (3L)

SIZE:
3L d-mag

AVAILABLE:
1 Double Magnum (3L)

 

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TASTING NOTES

"Complex aromas of black licorice, tobacco and cedar with red fruits. Full-bodied, with superseductive, silky tannins, loads of fruit and a finish that lasts for minutes. A beauty in all the sense of the word. Best after 2012. 10,000 cases made." Wine Spectator
(WS, 03/31/2006)

Rating: 96
Drink from: 2012


"Even better, and clearly the best wine made in the Haut-Brion stable in 2003 (the last vintage of the great Jean-Bernard Delmas as administrator), the 2003 Haut-Brion is a blend of 58% Merlot, 31% Cabernet Sauvignon and 11% Cabernet Franc that hit 13% natural alcohol, which seemed high at the time, but given more recent vintages is modest. Dark ruby/plum in color, with no amber or orange at the edge, the wine exhibits an abundance of roasted herbs, hot rocks, black currants, plum, and balsamic notes. Quite rich, medium to full-bodied and more complete, with sweeter tannins than La Mission Haut-Brion, this full-bodied Haut-Brion has hit full maturity, where it should stay for at least a decade. Bravo! These are two great successes in this vintage that have aged well and surprised me by their intensity and overall complexity." Robert Parker's Wine Advocate #214
(WA, 08/01/2014)

Rating: 95
Drink from: 2014-2024


"Deep ruby-red. The freshest on the nose of the 2003s at this address, offering slightly high-toned smoky raspberry, minerals and graphite and a suggestion of medicinal austerity. Offers great breadth and early charm, but also possesses very firm underlying structure. Finishes with big, ripe tannins and outstanding grip and length." Stephen Tanzer, Vinous.com
(AG, 05/01/2006)

Rating: 94


"Pebble-backed red- and blackcurrant nose; fairly full-bodied, compact, tannic wine; ripe fruit at the centre of an unusually muscular tannin for Haut-Brion; a prolonged palate full of complexity and scent in a somewhat severe style; reserved, aristocratic, long-term Haut-Brion. Quite how long term, who knows...?" Michel Bettane/Thierry Desseauve, The World of Fine Wine, Issue 1
(WFW, 05/01/2004)

Rating: 17.5/18


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