05-13-2010 05-13-2010
Skinner Auctions
Skinner Auctions Boston MA
2503 Boston
May 13, 2010 6:00PMCalender
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Chateau Haut Brion 2000

$3,038$2,500
Auction: Fine Wines - 2503 Location: Boston Date / Time: May 13, 2010 6:00PM

Description:

Chateau Haut Brion 2000
Pessac Leognon, 1er Cru Classe
"It will always be tempting to compare the 2000 Haut-Brion with the perfect 2000 La Mission Haut-Brion. However, it is not as fat, unctuous, flamboyant, or voluminous as La Mission. Yet, like a great diplomat, it is a wine of intensity, authority, and measured restraint. A supremely elegant offering, its dense ruby/purple color, and burgeoning perfume of scorched earth, liquid minerals, plums, black currants, cherries, lead pencil, and subtle spicy oak are followed by a delicate yet powerfully flavorful, multi-layered, highly nuanced, and extraordinarily pure and seamless wine. There have been so many recent classics from Haut-Brion, it is premature to suggest the 2000 is better than the 1998, 1995, 1990, or 1989, but it is certainly a prodigious wine of dazzling persistence, length, and complexity. A blend of 51% Merlot, 42% Cabernet Sauvignon, and 7% Cabernet Franc, it should prove to be uncommonly long-lived, even by the standards of Haut-Brion. Anticipated maturity: 2012-2040. " R. Parker, 98pts. 04/03
6 bottles
Estimate $3,000-4,500

Keywords

La Mission, Chateau Haut Brion, great diplomat