Médoc - 1er Cru Classé 

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SoDivin rating

90-94 / 100

Very good


Médoc - 1er Cru Classé 

Condition Good

Stock : 1 bottle
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Level Mid-shoulder

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Avis d'expert
3 / 5
Michael Broadbent
Michael Broadbent
Showing well in the 1970s. Should still be good.
89 / 100
Robert PARKER - The Wine Advocate
Robert PARKER - The Wine Advocate
One of my more interesting tasting experiences was Haut-Brion's 1943 (last tasted 197). 1943 was believed to be the finest vintage of the World War II years. This wine, bottled after the war ended, exhibited a deep garnet color, and a scorched earthmelted taraged beef-like aroma. The provocative aromatics were followed by a wine with copious quantities of sweet fruit, astringent tannin, and a dry, angular finish. It is an extremely complex wine, with most of the fruit remaining on the attack. This wine is just beginning to narrow out and become more austere and angular.
01 / 2001
Wine Journal (Neal Martin)
94-96 ()
What a stunning bottle this is. A fabulous nose not dissimilar to the La Mission 1943. Still very fresh with blackberry leaf, autumn leaves, tobacco and a touch of mint. Superb definition. The palate is beautifully balanced with good weight. Perhaps a little more vigor than La Mission, very pure with a touch of nougat on the foursquare finish. An amazing wine in context of the vintage and the conditions under which it was made. Tasted April 2006.
Vintage 1943
Rating 90-94
Classification Médoc - 1er Cru Classé 
Region Bordeaux
Appellation Pessac Leognan
Colour Red
Volume 0.75 l
Price More than 300 €
Château Haut Brion
Country France
Château informations
Haut Brion
Haut Brion

It was in 1855 that Château Haut Brion was honored with the highest distinction of Médoc wines: Premier Cru Classé (First Growth). Château Haut Brion is the only non-Médoc domain to be included in the Médoc wine list, as well as the Graves wine classification as a Classified Growth!

Its soil is similar to elsewhere as a brother of Latour. Without being the most concentrated, Haut Brion is the most noble of wines from Pessac-Leognan and its longevity is unparalleled in the industry. The silky tannins are always exceptional. Chateau Haut-Brion is the oldest and yet the smallest of vineyards classified as Premiers Grands Crus in 1855 (Château Lafite-RothschildChâteau LatourChâteau MargauxChâteau Mouton RothschildChâteau Haut-Brion).

Although the vineyard has been active in the region since at least Roman times, the first mention of vineyards of Haut-Brion dates back only to 1423. In the early days, the wines were known by the name of the parishes where they came from. In the case of Haut-Brion, under the leadership of Pontac, the wine first bore the name of this noble and respectable family. Haut Brion was founded in 1525 by Jean de Pontac and since famous people have succeeded. The last of them, Clarence Douglas Dillon, was Minister of Finance of the United States under the Kennedy administration. As its reputation grew, the name of the estate came to replace that of its owners. The concept of Grand Cru is born! We find the first mention in the diary of Samuel Pepys, who wrote April 10, 1663: "I just tasted a French wine called Ho-Bryan (sic) which has the best and most special taste I've ever enountered."

Among the many great vintages of Château Haut Brion, the exceptional vintages are 1926, 1945, 1953, 1959, 1961, 1982, 1990, 1995, 1996, 1998, 2000.

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