Château Haut-Brion Rouge
Lovely color, a handsome dark red, both lively and young.
The nose gives a strong impression of softness and harmony.
All the aromatic elements are perfectly proportioned: the tinge of woody vanilla,
the sweetness of lightly cooked caramel, the slight aggressiveness of liquorish,
red and black berries, mulberry, and cherry all meld into a perfect balance
discovered in the mouth rendering a finish both
long and sweet that gives this wine an exceptional charm.
This vintage will be remembered for several extraordinary meteorological events. First came the eclipse of the sun on August 11th. The second phenomena consisted of two extremely violent storms that struck the Sud-Ouest. One came on August 7th and was severe but short lived and the second struck on December 27th with an unprecedented violence. It lasted from sundown until the wee hours of the morning with the hiatus being between 8PM to 10PM. ultimately, 1999 was a relatively hot year and 2% warmer than the mean temperatures recorded during the past forty years. This is a considerable difference. For the most part the year will go down as one with brutal climactic events.
A few figures
From September 8th to 24th
Merlot: 60 %
Cabernet Sauvignon: 28%
Cabernet Franc: 12 %
From August 21st to 29th 2001