A blend of 55% Merlot and 45% Cabernet Sauvignon. The cork was popped at 9:00 am, a half ounce poured off, then a neutral cork inserted before being transported and served at 7:00 pm. The wine took about 30 minutes to really open and hit its stride. Purple in color with a ruby rim, opaque and bright. The nose shows black cherries, cassis, smoke, slight chocolate, and leather. With air, a subtle earthiness emerges that is classic Bordeaux. Full bodied. Light tannins. On the palate, this is complex and deep. Cassis, black cherries, chocolate cigar box notes and earth. Layers that un
The 2005's are really starting to come into their own now and this is one more data point supporting that. This is a blend of 65% Cabernet Sauvignon and 35% Merlot. Purple in color with ruby swirls, mostly opaque and bright. The nose is nice with cassis, black cherries, char, slight cigar box, leather and spice. Full bodied. Medium tannins. On the palate, this is complex. Flavors of cassis and black cherries, slight leather and char. Great balance. Long finish. This is about at peak but should stay there for another ten years. Nice on its own, but better with food. This would wo
My personal favorite of the First Growths. Purple in color, ruby at the rim, opaque and bright. The nose is classic with cassis, black raspberries, gravel and slight black olives. Full bodied. Good acidity. Medium tannins. On the palate, this is a powerful Haut Brion which is interesting as the vintage was good but not great. Complex. Just starting to show signs of maturity. Cassis and black raspberry fruit with underlying char and gravel. Long finish. This may still improve a bit. Drink over the next twelve to fifteen years and probably more. This would work well with a beef a
Pop and pour, this is drinking very well. Purple in color, opaque and bright. The nose is great with cassis, black cherries, tobacco and spice. Full bodied. On the palate, this has nice tight layering that unwinds in the glass. Light tannins. Notes of cassis, black cherries, slight chocolate, and char. Great balance. Long finish. Still a bit on the young side but no harm in opening a bottle. This will drink well for another ten to fifteen years. Great on its own, even better with food. Pot roast would be a great choice.
Opened and decanted for sediment. This is drinking well. Purple in color with ruby swirls, slight bricking. The nose is nice with cassis, cherries, leather and cedar. Full bodied. Tannins seem resolved. On the palate, cherries and black cherries with underlying leather. Good balance. Nice finish. This seems fully mature but not over the hill. Complex and also delicious. It would work well with braised lamb. Drink over the next five to seven years.
Once again demonstrating how long the 2005's are taking to come around. Pop and pour (for logistic reasons), this was just starting to open at the two hour mark. Still, a great showing though.
This is a blend of 60% Merlot, 25% Cabernet Sauvignon, and 15% Cabernet Franc that sees 100% new oak. . Purple in color, ruby at the rim, mostly opaque and bright. The nose is nice with black cherries, cherries, spice and slight cigar. Medium bodied. On the palate, cherries, some black cherries and underlying earthy tobacco notes. Moderate finish. This will work better with food than on its own. Slow cooked, braised beef or lamb would work well. Drink over the next five to seven years.
Typically, Haut Brion is my favorite of all the first growths. Perhaps because the blend is a bit different. This vintage is 50% Merlot, 39% Cabernet Sauvignon, and 11% Cabernet Franc. At age 24, this is just about at maturity. Purple/ruby in color, but starting to show some browning. Mostly clear and bright. The nose has black cherries, cherries, tobacco and slight earthiness. On the palate, a nice tart but sweet fruit - cherries, black cherries and slight black raspberries. Layers of complexity. Long finish. This won't get better from here, but should have ten to fifteen years a
A blend of Merlot and Cabernet Franc. Purple in color, opaque and bright. The nose has cherries, cassis and coffee. On the palate, this has a nice depth and complexity. Cassis fruit layered with spice and slight earthiness. Soft texture. Medium tannins. Good finish. This is a very pretty wine that just now seems to be closing in on peak. There is some more upside to this wine. It will work well with roasts or grilled foods.
This house may be better known now for their reds, but they make some fantastic whites as well. And, as this bottle shows, they can be quite age worthy. Medium golden in color. The nose is nice with lemons, lemon peel, along with spice and vanilla. There is a fair amount of oak still on the nose. On the palate, plenty of lemons, slight wax, vanilla and spice. Mild oak tannins. Long finish. There is still plenty of fruit left but also plenty of oak. This should continue to slowly age out from here, but won't get any better. Good finish. This will work well with salmon or roasted d