Chateau Haut-Brion 1945 1947 1955 1959
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My Story with Château Haut-Brion
- “Tired”, maybe a little, but very rarely, and only with poor vintages. Haut-Brion always seems to get better and even more complex with age, consequently “tired Haut-Brion” is an oxymoron.
- “Closed”, surely, yes, more particularly with young vintages. One must be patient to enjoy Haut-Brion, as it is usually very shy, closed and tight when young, and needs at least 10 years prior to unfold and fully reveal itself from its long "hibernation". Patience is a very rewarding virtue with Château Haut-Brion.
- “Tight” occasionally, especially when young and mostly with difficult or lesser vintages, where Haut-Brion may taste more tannic and rustic than usual, but it always seems to smooth down and get better after a few years, even on lesser vintages.
- "Light", occasionally, yes, more especially on lesser vintages, but remember that compared to ripe powerhouse Pauillac wines like Château Latour or Mouton Rothschild, Château Haut-Brion almost has a Burgundian style, lighter and more refreshing, more delicate and refined too, yet without being less rich nor complex. Like with everything else, it is just a question of taste and what you prefer to drink.
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My story with Château Haut-Brion
- Olivier Bernard from Domaine de Chevalier
- Anthony Perrin from Château Carbonnieux
- André Lurton from Château La Louvière
- One of the Kressman or one the Dourthe family member (don’t exactly remember who, maybe both) from Château Latour-Martillac
- The Cathiard (Florence and Daniel Cathiard) who just bought Château Smith Haut Lafitte a few years ago back then (1990)
A rough start in life
A Ray of Hope
- Origin (history/geography),
- Making (vineyard management, viticulture, vinification, ageing, production, etc..),
- Promoting (promotion, marketing, events, website, e-newsletter and emails),
- Buying (meetings, tastings, selecting, negotiating, logistics),
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