Ch. Haut-Brion (0.75 L)
NM: A deep garnet core. The nose is lifted and vigorous, even compared to the other First Growth í«97s with hints of mint, liquorices and black olives. Very attractive bouquet. The palate is full-bodied with a wonderful sense of balance, that tell-tale earthiness in the middle but very good structure and vigour. Hints of portabello mushroom, black truffle and bell pepper on the finish, with just a touch of greenness that merely complements the wine as a whole. Good length. A very fine í»97 on par with Lafite. Drink now-2020. Tasted September 2006.
WA / RP: 89