The 2007 Haut Brion has a perfumed bouquet with abundant red fruit, sage, sandalwood and black olive scents that just seem to soar from the glass. The palate is medium-bodied with fine tannin, beautifully judged acidity and a gentle build in the mouth towards the savory/meaty finish. There is class interwoven into this Haut Brion from start to finish, and the persistence is very impressive. This is just reaching its drinking plateau. Tasted February 2017.
Drink Date 2019 - 2040
|Score: 94||Neal Martin, Wine Advocate (231), June 2017|
A brilliant effort, the 2007 Haut-Brion offers up aromas of crushed rocks, graphite, plum sauce, raspberries, and black cherries. The aromatics are truly complex for a three year-old wine. While the wine does not possess the fat and succulence of its nearby neighbor, La Mission Haut-Brion, its elegance, finesse, and nobility are apparent. Medium-bodied, rich, and intense with stunning aromatics, it can be drunk now or cellared for 15 years.
|Score: 92||Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (188), April 2010|
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|Score: 91/94||Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (176), April 2008|
A blend of 43% Merlot, 44% Cabernet Sauvignon and 13% Cabernet Franc. Like many wines of the vintage, this is loath to reveal its aromas upon first sniff and demands coaxing. Certainly there is a lot of richness with blackberries, crème de cassis, a touch of black olives and oyster shell. Perhaps it does not quite have the supreme focus of La Mission. I am taken more by the palate than the nose. Very pure ripe fruits, seamless tannins, sensuous, quite a ravishing Haut-Brion that is more precocious than many others. This is either going to turn out one degree over-ripe or perhaps the best of the First Growths? I look forward to finding out. Tasted April 2008.
|Score: 93/94||Neal Martin, RobertParker.com, April 2008|
Fabulous nose of crushed berry, dark chocolate, violet and licorice. Medium-to-full body, very silky tannins and a mineral, berry and silky finish. Slightly austere, but very pretty and racy. 43 percent Merlot, 44 percent Cabernet Sauvignon and 13 percent
|Score: 89/92||James Suckling, WineSpectator.com, April 2008|
43% Merlot, 44% Cabernet Sauvignon, 13% Cabernet Franc. Very impressive depth of crimson. My first smell of this wine reminded me of what had been missing in my two days of Bordeaux tasting up to then: sheer Bordeaux class! Nuances, top notes and bottom notes. Some spice, a hint of top quality oak, lots of Haut-Brion minerality. Lovely spread across the palate very supple even in this wine no great tannic charge. All the thrill is up front. On the finish it is neat but not lingering and the acidity just peeks out above the very fine tannins. Very sensitively made, possibly the best red bordeaux 2007 of all, but still definitely a 2007! I think that next to, say, a more complete vintage it would be wanting, which is why I have not given it a higher score. Not much volume but what there is has been beautifully handled. Drink 2012-24
|Score: 18||Jancis Robinson MW, JancisRobinson.com, April 2008|
Good full medium red-ruby. Complex nose melds black raspberry, licorice, tobacco and hot rocks; there's a suggestion of almost candied ripeness here. Then ripe, sweet and full, with a lush texture and considerable density to the plum and cherry flavors. Very nicely balanced wine, finishing with excellent breadth and length. This will evolve more quickly than the 2006 or 2007 but has solid structure nonetheless.
|Score: 91/94||Stephen Tanzer, International Wine Cellar, June 2008|
The nose is packed with ripe black berried fruit, a complex mix of bilberry and blackcurrant backed by firmer sloe. The tannins give an excellent structure but they feel ripe allowing the fleshy black fruits to fill the mouth with supple richness
|Score: 92/96||Derek Smedley MW, April 2008|
Dense, purple-red. Spicy nose, with cherry and coffee aromas, bright. Palate has voluptuous, silky fruit, good ripeness and firm tannins with a touch of greenness evident. Very silky, lovely weight of fruit and excellent balance. Easier, shorter-term wine than recent vintages. Drink 2015-28. 5 stars.
|Score: 18.5||Decanter Magazine, Decanter.com|