1999 Chateau Haut Brion

Year: 1999
Appellation: Pessac-Leognan
Country: France
Wine Spectator: 92
Wine Advocate: 93
Jeff Leve: 93
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"Delivers cooked berries, with light cream aromas that turn to tobacco and cedar. Full-bodied, featuring big, yet well-integrated tannins and a chewy finish. Needs time still to mellow. Serious.—'89/'99 Bordeaux blind retrospective (2009). Best after 2011. 12,500 cases made. –JS" (WS)

"Deep plum, currant, and mineral notes emerge from the concentrated, beautifully balanced, pure 1999 Haut Brion. It seems to be cut from the same mold as years such as 1979 and 1985. There is a hint of graphite in the abundant fruit. The wine is medium to full-bodied, nuanced, subtle, deep, and provocatively elegant. It is made in a style that only Haut Brion appears capable of achieving. The finish is extremely long, the tannins sweet, and the overall impression one of delicacy interwoven with power and ripeness. Anticipated maturity: 2007-2025." (WA)

Served blind, this was much better than I would have thought, given the vintage. Soft, delicate, medium bodied, with an elegance to the fruit and texture, this is drinking great today. With luck, in a few years, it could be even better. 93 points - Tasted May 8, 2014" (JL)