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2002 Bahans Haut Brion

By Chateau Haut Brion

2002 Bahans Haut Brion from Chateau Haut Brion, Pessac-Leognan, Bordeaux

The esteemed virtues of Chateau Haut Brion need scant introduction amongst connoisseurs and investors of fine wine alike. Yet, there lies a particular aura around the 2002 Bahans Haut Brion from this venerated estate, marking it as a standout amidst its noble lineage.


A Vintage That Defies Expectations

The year 2002 was one of marked contrasts in Bordeaux, with some chateaus facing challenges while others, like Chateau Haut Brion, crafted wines of exquisite finesse. The 2002 Bahans Haut Brion distinctly captures the breath of terroir that Pessac-Leognan is renowned for, presenting an articulate expression of the region's unique climatic narrative for that year.

This vintage elegantly sidesteps the capricious weather of the season, a testament to the meticulous vineyard management and astute winemaking at Chateau Haut Brion. It developed into a resplendent wine with a harmonious blend of savoury complexity and refined fruit notes – a mosaic of Pessac-Leognan's gravelly soils interwoven with the artisanal touch of its creators.


A Confluence of Elegance and Investment Allure

Investors take heed for the 2002 Bahans Haut Brion exhibits not only an enduring grace but also an appreciable maturation trajectory—characteristics that contribute to its estimable stature in investment portfolios. It is a wine that exudes the ethos of its prestigious lineage, making it a collectable piece for both appreciation and investment consideration.

The architecture of this wine—a medium-bodied caress with shapely tannins and the softest kiss of oak—fortifies its place amongst its venerable peers. Earthy undertones shadow the ribbon of dark fruits whilst tobacco and truffle notes signal its maturity; hints of graphite aligning it with the classical signature expected from Chateau Haut Brion.

In summing up, the 2002 Bahans Haut Brion presents a delightful paradox—both faithful to the pedigree expected of Pessac-Leognan's soil yet offering a singular experience worth savouring. Its investment appeal is buoyed by its rarity and potential for evolution, positioning it as a compelling proposition for enthusiasts keen to add depth to their collections with an exemplar of Bordeaux's finesse.

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A dark ruby color is followed by earthy, smoky, cherry, mulberry, and currant aromas in this light to medium-bodied Bahans. Slightly spicy and austere, with a clean, pure finish, it should be consumed over the next 4-5 years.

Robert Parker Jr - The Wine Advocate, 28 April 2005


Tasted blind at Farr's 2002 Bordeaux tasting. This comes across as very severe and almost dour on the nose. Overtly leafy. Medium-bodied with leafy, herbaceous raspberry and strawberry with a thread of dried citrus fruit poking out on the austere finish. Tasted October 2009.

Neal Martin - Wine Journal Jan 2010

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