Ch Haut Brion 1981

Level almost perfect (high neck) and cork perfect. Pronounced amber edge but still a good depth of red. Nose a touch musty initially (this wasn’t decanted) but as it warms and airs this recedes allowing delicate black fruit aromas to come though (blackcurrant) as well as florals (violets) and some lovely mushroom and meat notes. Palate shows its age with the old tannins obvious and fruit very faded, but good balanced acid. The fruit comes back for a last hurrah after 20 minutes in the glass and the palate begins to mirror the nose – perfume, mushrooms, meat. Finish lovely and delicate and the fruit lingers. A lovely example of a top old Bordeaux from a good vintage.

Pessac-Léognan, Bordeaux, France

19/20 [tasted 03-01-2011]

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