1983 Chateau Haut Brion, Pessac Leognan [RP-91pts]


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Ratings & Tasting Notes:

91 points John Gilman

The ’83 Haut Brion had a rather long adolescent stage of funkiness, but I had felt it had moved on from that more than a decade ago, only to cross paths with another recalcitrant bottle most recently. Aromatically this bottle was very closed and “horsy”, with reluctant notes of cassis and blackberry fruit subsumed in a swirl of singed tobacco, barnyard, smoke, Graves earth, herbs and a touch of oak. On the palate the wine is deep, full-bodied and quite shut down, with fine mid-palate depth, still a bit of well-integrated tannin to resolve, and fine length, if not a lot of generosity on the finish. I have always been a fan of the ’83 HB, and crossing paths with a much more closed than usual bottle certainly does not dissuade me of its ultimate quality. Typically, this wine is much nearer its plateau of maturity, but this one was none the worse for its bit of youthful closure.  (5/2007)

91 points Wine Advocate

Tasted at lunch at La Trompette. I have always had a soft spot for the Haut-Brion 1983 as one of the ‘friendliest’ of the First Growths. Though not a top-tier Haut-Brion, the 1983 has developed a fine earthy, leathery bouquet that is similar to the ’86 but without the same vigour or complexity. The palate is very harmonious with a citrus-tinged entry, its lack of depth and length compensated by poise and tension. Sandalwood, cedar and a touch of truffle and smoke towards the finish. Lovely. A point. (NM)  (7/2010)

Bottle Size:

750 mL

Storage History:

Stored on it’s side in a climate controlled cellar since purchase.


The bottle shown is the exact bottle being sold.
Excellent condition.