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1998 Bahans Haut Brion

By Chateau Haut Brion

1998 Bahans Haut Brion from Chateau Haut Brion, Pessac-Leognan, Bordeaux

In the pantheon of Bordeaux wines, the 1998 Bahans Haut Brion from the iconic Chateau Haut Brion exhibits a distinctive charm that makes it a compelling consideration for fine wine investors. This particular vintage bears the hallmarks of an exceptional year, with the Pessac-Leognan region benefiting from climatic conditions that were conducive to creating wines of both intensity and finesse.


Unique Vintage Characteristics

The 1998 vintage is often celebrated for its balance and structure, due in part to the optimal weather patterns throughout the growing season. The Bahans Haut Brion, often seen as the younger sibling of the esteemed grand vin, delivers a tapestry of complexity and elegance that belies its status. For investors seeking to embellish their portfolios with a wine of character and longevity, this vintage stands as a judicious choice.

Tasting the 1998 Bahans Haut Brion now, one is greeted by an alluring bouquet of dark fruit, accompanied by hints of earthiness and tobacco that reveal its maturation under excellent conditions. On the palate, this blend exudes ripe cassis and smoky cedar, underpinned by well-integrated tannins that whisper tales of its storied terroir. Its lasting finish only further cements its place among those wines that continue to intrigue and reward those who have the patience to allow them to unfold in their own time.


A Vintage Worthy of Investment

Admirably aged, yet displaying a vibrant core of fruit suggestive of remarkable vitality ahead, the 1998 Bahans Haut Brion from Chateau Haut Brion remains enchantingly poised for continued evolution. Its impressive structure and classic profile render it an attractive proposition for collectors seeking wines with probable longevity and a storied lineage.

For connoisseurs and investors alike, adding this wine to one's collection not only enhances its diversity but stands as testament to one's understanding of the intricacies of Bordeaux vintages. Its sophisticated expression is a testament to Chateau Haut Brion's commendable mastery over their craft in an exceptional year.

Even as other vintages from Chateau Haut Brion might vie for attention, the 1998 Bahans Haut Brion persists as a shining exemplar from an illustrious estate—one that captures both an extraordinary year in Bordeaux and magnifies the enduring prestige of Pessac-Leognan’s terroir.

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The 1998 Bahans Haut-Brion is deep garnet-brick in color with a very serious nose of crème de cassis, baked blackberries and blueberry fruits with hints of earth, meat, menthol and thyme. The palate is medium to full-bodied, rich, seductive, plush and long with a refreshing lift.

Lisa Perrotti-Brown - The Wine Advocate, 31 May 2018


Readers looking for the taste of Haut-Brion for about one-third the price should check out the 1998 Bahans-Haut-Brion. It possesses a scorched earth, mineral, smoky, red and black currant-scented bouquet, terrific complexity, purity and elegance, and a harmonious palate. Tannin in the finish suggests 1-2 years of cellaring may be required, but this is a serious effort that should age well for 15+ years.

Robert Parker Jr - Wine Advocate #134

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