Haut Brion 1997
Tasting Notes Haut Brion 1997
A deep garnet core. The nose is lifted and vigorous, even compared to the other First Growth '97s with hints of mint, liquorices and black olives. Very attractive bouquet. The palate is full-bodied with a wonderful sense of balance, that tell-tale earthiness in the middle but very good structure and vigour. Hints of portabello mushroom, black truffle and bell pepper on the finish, with just a touch of greenness that merely complements the wine as a whole. Good length. A very fine '97 on par with Lafite. Drink now-2020. Tasted September 2006.
This light to middle-weight Haut-Brion exhibits an evolved, sweet red and black currant nose with notions of scorched earth, minerals, and tobacco. Although not big, it exhibits fine ripeness, harmony, and elegance, velvety tannin, and sweet fruit presented in a charming, open-knit, evolved format. The wine may develop even more complexity, meriting a higher score. Anticipated maturity: 2001-2014.