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2013 Chateau Haut Brion Pessac-Leognan
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88-91 Points | Stephen Tanzer's IWC - May 2014

(50% merlot, 45.5% cabernet sauvignon and 4.5% cabernet franc; 26 h/h):  Dark ruby.  Deep, spicy aromas of blackcurrant, aromatic herbs and mint.  On the palate, big, deep flavors of red berries and spicy blueberries are accented by sandalwood and aromatic herbs.  Mounting tannins coat the palate dry, with the finish featuring underbrush, ink and licorice.  This will need plenty of time to resolve its oak tannins.  In fact, general director Jean-Philippe Delmas told me he plans to use only 65% new oak (usually 75%) in order to preserve the fruit.  One of the toughest and least opulent Haut-Brion in years but it's very faithful to the vintage--which some impenetrably black and almost viscous 2013 wines are not.

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