The wines of Haut Brion are typically Merlot heavy, as the clay-rich soil makes it especially suited to the varietal. They are some of the most fascinating, long-lived wines in the world.
The 2003 vintage was one of the hottest years on record, and this why you will find signature opulence and lower acidity in the wine. This was a successful vintage for Chateau Haut Brion, as Robert Parker stated they "surprised me by their intensity and overall complexity." (Robert Parker, 2014).
This is a wine you can start drinking now and will continue to show well for the next two decades. While you are waiting for the 2000, 2005, and 2009 to come around, drink the 2003. Our cases are in stock and nearly 30% lower than some of the legendary vintages.
"Even better, and clearly the best wine made in the Haut-Brion stable in 2003 (the last vintage of the great Jean-Bernard Delmas as administrator), the 2003 Haut-Brion is a blend of 58% Merlot, 31% Cabernet Sauvignon and 11% Cabernet Franc that hit 13% natural alcohol, which seemed high at the time, but given more recent vintages is modest. Dark ruby/plum in color, with no amber or orange at the edge, the wine exhibits an abundance of roasted herbs, hot rocks, black currants, plum, and balsamic notes. Quite rich, medium to full-bodied and more complete, with sweeter tannins than La Mission Haut-Brion, this full-bodied Haut-Brion has hit full maturity, where it should stay for at least a decade. Bravo!"