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1999 Haut Brion

By Chateau Haut Brion

1999 Haut Brion from Chateau Haut Brion, Pessac-Leognan, Bordeaux

The turn of the millennium heralded numerous exceptional vintages from the hallowed terroirs of Bordeaux, and amongst this pantheon, the 1999 Haut Brion from Chateau Haut Brion precariously holds its own distinguished place. This vintage represents a year where meticulous vineyard management and the benefaction of the maritime climate coalesced to create a memorable expression of this storied estate.


The Quintessence of Pessac-Leognan Terroir

The subtle alchemy of gravelly soils and a distinctive microclimate underscores the 1999 offering from Chateau Haut Brion. While not as vaunted as its subsequent millennial brethren, this vintage encapsulates a portrait of a wine both assured in its pedigree and intriguing in its development.

With an enticing bouquet that mingles ripe dark fruits with earthy undertones, and an undercurrent of smoky oak and cedar, this wine has blossomed into a complex symphony. The tannins have evolved, now silken yet present, carrying flavours that hint at plum, blackcurrant, and a whisper of spice – quintessential markers of a Pessac-Leognan pedigree.


An Astute Investment for the Connoisseur

For investors in fine wines, the 1999 Haut Brion offers a fascinating proposition. It strikes an alluring balance between availability and its zenith of drinking pleasure; a stage where maturation bequeaths nuances that younger vintages scarcely divulge. Moreover, it presents an articulate case for inclusivity in any serious collection.

Relishing the wine now reveals layers that’ll please any astute palate; alternatively, allowing it further repose promises additional complexity. In essence, the 1999 Haut Brion stands testament to an estate's ability to release wines that continue to evolve and surprise well into their second decade post-vintage. Investing in such a wine ensures not just pleasure but also the potential for growth – akin to acquiring an artwork with both visual and historical allure.

In summing up, the 1999 Haut Brion from Chateau Haut Brion weaves together the variegated threads of Bordeaux's climate, soil, and savoir-faire into a tapestry that remains visually arresting on both palate and portfolio. A wine undeniably reflective of its linage yet individual in its narrative; a worthy acquisition for any discerning investor seeking historical resonance imbued within each bottle.

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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.

Robert Parker Jr - The Wine Advocate, 29 April 2002


Tasted at the 1999 horizontal at Bordeaux Index. The Haut-Brion is certainly more expressive on the nose than their neighbours over the road, very good lift with blackberry, cedar, iodine, macerated black cherries, a touch of dried herbs. The palate is medium-bodied, very well balanced, very elegant with svelte, fine tannins. Very pure, rounded wild strawberry, raspberry, boysenberry, a touch of Asian spice and a hint of liquorices. A little more complexity than La Mission although it just lacks a little length. Drink 2012-2025. Tasted June 2009.

Neal Martin - Wine Journal Jul 2009

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