Robert Parker 96
This is profound! 2008 Haut-Brion: The extraordinary 2008 Haut-Brion is a candidate for -wine of the vintage.- Composed of 50% Cabernet Sauvignon, 41% Merlot and 9% Cabernet Franc, it reveals more evolution and complexity in its large-scaled perfume. The dense purple color is followed by a sweet nose of creosote, asphalt, blueberries, black currants and jammy raspberries, sweet tannins, a savory, fleshy mouthfeel and a stunning finish. This incredibly pure, noble wine was produced from one of the estate-s smallest crops (only 7,000 cases produced versus the usual 12,000 cases). It should drink well for three decades or more.
Anticipated maturity: 2011-2041
50% Cabernet Sauvignon, 41% Merlot, 9% Cabernet Franc. Prominent oak. Modern, forthright, sleek fruit. Dry but drinkable tannins. Really very dark and dense. Powerful. Massive. (RH)
Anticipated maturity: 2018-2033