This year, we went with a French wine from Bordeaux – a 2001 Chateau Haut-Brion. There were a number of very nice wines released in 2007, but we wanted to diversify after selecting two straight Henschke Hill of Grace (1996, 2002) and a 1976 Penfolds Grange (in 2005).
World renown Chateau Haut-Brion (a first growth estate) is the only estate included in the 1855 classification which is outside of the Medoc appellation, coming from the Graves region.
Vintages from Haut Brion are considered amongst the top quality releases from the region. The best years demand premium pricing and are consistently rated highly by both local and international reviewers.
The Chateau’s tasting notes for the 2001 vintage are included below from the official site:
“Chateau tasting notes
Extremely good color, dense and young for this millésime. The aromas of this young wine burst upon you. Again this is a wine that is aromatically perfectly balanced. Wood scents do not prevail in this young wine. The approach is soft, and unctuous. The aromatic balance melds in the mouth with soft dissolving tannins. No rigid tannin but rather a slight hint of licorice that melts into the softness of the finish. Everything is melded together leaving a need of aging in order to reach its apogee.
– November 2002”
We look forward to opening this bottle sometime in the next decade.