Chateau Haut Brion   Bahans Haut Brion

1997 Bahans Haut Brion

By Chateau Haut Brion

1997 Bahans Haut Brion from Chateau Haut Brion, Pessac-Leognan, Bordeaux

The 1997 Bahans Haut Brion from Chateau Haut Brion occupies a special place in the hierarchy of Bordeaux vintages. This wine, whilst lesser known than its illustrious sibling wines, is a testament to Chateau Haut Brion's unwavering commitment to quality across their entire range. The year 1997, with its unique climatic conditions, allowed for the creation of wines that defy the odds and have matured with grace.


Characteristics Distinctive to the 1997 Vintage

Emerging from Pessac-Leognan, a region celebrated for its gravelly soils that impart complexity and longevity to its wines, the 1997 Bahans Haut Brion possesses a distinctive profile. During this particular year, the weather gods presented challenging conditions - an early frost followed by a relatively cool summer. Yet, it was these very difficulties that fashioned a vintage embodying freshness and balance rarely found in more opulent years.

In this wine's composition, one discovers a harmony of soft tannins and an amiable acidity that leads to fruit-forward notes caressed by time. The terroir speaks through whispers of tobacco and earth amidst the predominant plum and blackberry tones.


An Investment-worthy Vintage

For fine wine investors considering the 1997 Bahans Haut Brion as addition to their portfolio, this vintage offers a compelling proposition. It holds an appeal not only for its individual character but also for its status as one of Chateau Haut Brion's carefully crafted creations. Its evolution up to this point demonstrates the estate's adeptness at producing wines that mature eloquently, an attribute astute investors appreciate.

To taste the 1997 Bahans Haut Brion is to embark on an olfactory journey through time - where history melds with modernity in a bottle. For collectors seeking a moment captured in liquid form, this wine epitomises such an encounter, ready to be unveiled or preserved for future appreciation amidst the undulations of fine wine markets.

In conclusion, Chateau Haut Brion's production of the 1997 Bahans Haut Brion underscores their venerated standing in Bordeaux winemaking. As one mulls over the climatic tillage that has shaped this vintage's current state, I can aver with assuredness that this wine is one of quiet confidence—a collectable artefact from an esteemed lineage that confidently stands as a beacon of resilience in challenging vintages.

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The 1997 Bahans-Haut-Brion exhibits a dark ruby color, as well as a subtle mineral, tobacco, earthy, black plum and currant-scented nose. Light tannin is present in the finish, but this is an up-front, hedonistic wine to drink during its first 7-8 years of life. 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.

Robert Parker Jr - The Wine Advocate, 29 April 1998

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