Ch. Haut-Brion (0.75 L)
NM: Tasted at lunch at La Trompette. A bottle from my own cellar, this shocked several palate with its classí¡including my own. It has a stunning bouquet with scorched earth, blackberry, fresh tobacco (that gains intensity with continued aeration), dried lemon peel and olive compote. The palate is full-bodied and typical of the vintage it has a firm, rigid backbone with a wonderful sense of tension. Fresh and vibrant with a palpable sense of mineralite, subtle notes of wild mushroom on the finish. Bright and joyous, which is saying something for the habitually doughty Left Bank 86s! Given its price vis-a-vis other vintages, I would snap this up. Drink now-2035. Tasted July 2010.
WA / RP: 94