2000 Haut Brion

- 750 ml
100
DEC
Availability: In Stock
$829.00
Availability: In stock
Product ID
14344-750-AI

Wine Critic Reviews:

This took its sweet time to open up, even with a good two hours carafing. But once it did, it became the wine of the night for me. A deep, rich ruby in colour, it's still extremely intense with a palate that alternated between mocha and menthol-finessed autumnal fruits, with violet-edged floral notes. The tannins are a textbook example of what is meant by 'caressing the fruit', and this is going to run and run. 75% new oak, and 49% of overall production in this wine. Drinking Window 2018 - 2040

Decanter | 100 DEC
Tasted from an ex-château bottle in Bordeaux, I was not surprised to find the 2000 Château Haut-Brion flirting with perfection. The nose is simply breathtaking - quintessential Haut-Brion with ebullient red berry fruit, roasted herbs, gravel, terracotta tiles on a warm summer's day...it is simply wave after wave of intoxicating scents that could bring even the most stoic person to tears of joy. The palate displays heavenly balance, pitch-perfect acidity, perhaps spicier than previous bottles that I have tasted, and what depth and dimension in this outstanding wine. That hint of graphite on the finish is a cheeky nod to Pauillac, as if to thumb its nose at the First Growths, because alongside Château Latour, almost by stealth, the Haut-Brion is one of the greatest Bordeaux in this millennial year. Tasted November 2014.

Robert Parker Neal Martin | 99 RP-NM
From a year in Bordeaux that started out with poor weather yet finished under ideal conditions, the 2000 Haut Brion is a gorgeous, incredibly classic wine from this estate that everything you could want. Blackcurrants, plums, scorched earth, tobacco and lots of mineral and earthy characteristic emerge from this gorgeous, still youthful, elegant, yet powerful 2000. The blend is 51% Merlot, 42% Cabernet Sauvignon and 7% Cabernet Franc, and while certainly beautiful today, it has another two to three decades of longevity.

Jeb Dunnuck | 98 JD
Full red-ruby. Roasted plum, currant, tobacco and minerals on the nose. Compellingly dense and thick but almost miraculously lively and light on its feet. Has a texture like liquid velvet, coating the entire palate. Wonderfully unmanipulated wine, with perfectly integrated acids giving it superb subtle vinosity and thrust. Finishes with outstanding building persistence, with the substantial tannins perfectly supported by the wine's fat middle.

Vinous Media | 96 VM
For an Haut-Brion, this is huge. Every characteristic suggests power, from the dark color, through the knock-out perfumes, full of dark, brooding fruits. The flavors are black, intense and ripe. It is a delicious wine, surprisingly ready to drink. And yes, just at the end, there is a small hint of the delicacy and elegance that is true Haut-Brion.

Wine Enthusiast | 96 WE
This 2000 starts with aromas of citrus fruit, currants, flowers, and fresh mushrooms. The palates leads off full and rich, with round tannins and a dusty texture. Plenty of fruit and sliced mushrooms on the palate, but it is still tight. Pull the cork after 2010.

James Suckling | 95 JS
| 94 W&S
This is well-endowed with a large core of fig, blackberry and black currant fruit that has light mulling spice, bay and tobacco nuances peeking out, while the tarry finish cuts a broad and deep swath. Obvious heft, but the elegance wins out in the end, with a lilting sandalwood and sweet tobacco–infused finish that just sails on and on.—Blind 2000 Bordeaux retrospective (December 2015). Best from 2018 through 2038. 11,817 cases made.

Wine Spectator | 94 WS

Sokolin 2000 Haut Brion Tasting Notes:

One glass of this spectacular red will immediately take you on a journey you've never experienced before. Like a trip around the world. It's so many things at the same time: one second you'll feel like you're on an exotic island, the next moment you're exploring an urban city in Europe, then you're somewhere in Africa, or in Antarctica… Your impressions will go from fresh and lightweight to dense and powerful in a matter of seconds.

Is there such a thing as a perfect drink? As an unmatched wine, with no similar one in the whole world? The mind-blowing nose that explodes right from the bottle will amaze you with the beautiful cedar, cherry, plum and tobacco aromas, as well as cassis and limestone hints. Such a unique combination, just as the heavenly enjoyable mouthful of silky and intense dark fruit and red berries, all mixed together in a fantastic, concentrated, well-balanced and complex delight for your taste buds.
Don't miss out on this essential vintage from Haut Brion - it's a stunner, and a wine to cherish for decades. Its period of maturity is estimated to be around 2010-2050, so there's no rush to drink it right now. On the nose, the wine comes off strong with the scent of roasted herbs, alluring plum, and black currants. If you succumb, you're then led into an enchanting realm of the wine's flavor combination. Expect very juicy dark and red fruit, with a toasted earthy undertone. It's got the perfect balance of depth, intensity, and purity for a full-bodied wine.

If you've got important guests to impress or you simply want a compelling wine to drink casually, a bottle like this is one of the best places to start. Lose yourself in its beautiful aromatics, and sail across an ocean of pure flavor.
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Availability In Stock
Vintage 2000
Format 750 ml
Color Red
Country France: Words fail us when trying to adequately portray France's place in the world of wine. It's downright impossible to imagine what wine would feel and taste like had it not been for France's many, many viticultural pioneers. Fine wine is the blood of France's vigorously beating heart, and it finds itself in many aspects of French culture. With a viticultural history that dates all the way back to the 6th century BC, France now enjoys its position as the most famous and reputable wine region on the planet. If you have a burning passion for masterfully crafted, mouth-watering, mind-expanding wines, then regular visits to France are probably already in your schedule, and for a good reason.
Producer Haut Brion: Chateau Haut-Brion, originally founded in 1525, was responsible for the "New French Claret," the precursor to modern fine red wines. Their red wines are supported by a variety of some of the finest ingredients known to man. From the intriguing and creative inclusion of current flavor to the down-to-earth and homey charcoal that gives it a familiar and precise structure, you can experience new sensations every time you pour a glass of this heavenly elixir. The white wines outclass a lot of their competition, as their flavor is the stuff of legends. One sip introduces you to a flowery, colorful mix of lemon zest, grapefruit, decadent honey, and refreshing, juicy melon. The texture is smooth as silk, and the wine goes down as if it had a mind of its own.
Rating 100 DEC
Region Bordeaux: Even among the greatest and most reputable wine regions on the planet, Bordeaux stands above the rest. The winemakers of this region have a single-minded dedication to the fine art of viticulture and their efforts never fail to show. If you consider yourself a fine wine enthusiast, you owe it to yourself to visit Bordeaux - life changing. Whether you wish to drink some inspirational and gripping wine as soon as possible, or you want to add some masterpieces to your collection, no region on Earth is a more obvious choice. The noble and beautiful Garonne and Dordogne rivers surge through southwestern France, enriching the soil in a way very few other places can boast. The limestone-based earth is rich in calcium, and the almost oceanic climate conditions give the staple Bordeaux grape varietals vigor and flavor like nowhere else. For their illustrious reds, Bordeaux winemakers rely on a proven combination of Cabernet Sauvignon, Malbec, Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot. Meanwhile, a sip of their excellent white wine hints at the use of Semillon, Muscadelle and Sauvignon Blanc.Each of these varietals carries a unique identity, making every quality wine a character piece to rival Citizen Kane. It can be incredibly hard to choose only a few wines to collect for your cellar!
Type of Wine Bordeaux Red: Picture in your mind a combination of cedar, lead pencil, blackcurrant, plum and mineral aromatics, and texture that caresses your palate like a playful lover. The experience is thrilling from the first whiff to the final seconds of a tannic, generous finish - that is what you'll get from a Bordeaux Red
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Varietal Bordeaux Blend: Since its birth in France, the art of Bordeaux-inspired blends has been brought to regions like California, and Washington, where New World visionaries add their own unique spin to the formula, creating mouth-watering tributes to Bordeaux's viticultural greatness. Today, with a compelling cultural mixture, sampling Bordeaux blends is more excited than ever.
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