2005 Haut Brion

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2005 Haut Brion

#1 Post by David Sweet » August 15th, 2019, 12:55 pm

Has anyone opened an 05 HB? How was it?? I recently opened one and was extremely disappointed. No nose and nothing but a lot of fruit. What am I missing???

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#2 Post by Brian G r a f s t r o m » August 15th, 2019, 12:56 pm

What are you missing? At least 20 additional years of patience.
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#3 Post by Hank Victor » August 15th, 2019, 12:57 pm

How much air time did you give it?
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#4 Post by Neal.Mollen » August 15th, 2019, 1:05 pm

That's pretty much what I would have expected from this wine at 15. 05 was a very masculine vintage. At least another 10 I should think
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#5 Post by David Sweet » August 15th, 2019, 1:28 pm

Gave it 4 hours aeration

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#6 Post by Victor Hong » August 15th, 2019, 1:31 pm

Its sibling, LMHB, continues to age undisturbed. I will consider opening in 2025.
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#7 Post by Chris Seiber » August 15th, 2019, 1:47 pm

Brian G r a f s t r o m wrote:
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What are you missing? At least 20 additional years of patience.
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#8 Post by Chris Seiber » August 15th, 2019, 1:48 pm

Neal.Mollen wrote:
August 15th, 2019, 1:05 pm
That's pretty much what I would have expected from this wine at 15. 05 was a very masculine vintage. At least another 10 I should think
I've had 2001 and 2002 in the last couple of years, and both showed well, though the 2001 will improve with more patience. But I think 2005 in particular is a vintage that demands much more time, as seemingly confirmed by David's experience.

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#9 Post by Greg K » August 15th, 2019, 2:14 pm

I thought the 06 was quite nice about 6 months ago, though I wouldn't have called it "ready" either.
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#10 Post by josh bryer » August 15th, 2019, 2:19 pm

Chris Seiber wrote:
August 15th, 2019, 1:48 pm
Neal.Mollen wrote:
August 15th, 2019, 1:05 pm
That's pretty much what I would have expected from this wine at 15. 05 was a very masculine vintage. At least another 10 I should think
I've had 2001 and 2002 in the last couple of years, and both showed well, though the 2001 will improve with more patience. But I think 2005 in particular is a vintage that demands much more time, as seemingly confirmed by David's experience.
I've got just over a half case of the '02, but recent CT notes have given me pause regarding readiness. How was it drinking and what did you think about its future? Generally I prefer my bordeaux at this level with 25 years at least, but haven't had enough from the '02 vintage to understand much about its aging curve and calibrate my expectations.

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#11 Post by Neal.Mollen » August 15th, 2019, 2:29 pm

Chris Seiber wrote:
August 15th, 2019, 1:48 pm
Neal.Mollen wrote:
August 15th, 2019, 1:05 pm
That's pretty much what I would have expected from this wine at 15. 05 was a very masculine vintage. At least another 10 I should think
I've had 2001 and 2002 in the last couple of years, and both showed well, though the 2001 will improve with more patience. But I think 2005 in particular is a vintage that demands much more time, as seemingly confirmed by David's experience.
Yup. I would imagine the 01 would be really nice about now. Not sure about the 02; I have so little experience with the vintage
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#12 Post by Jeff Leve » August 15th, 2019, 2:54 pm

David Sweet wrote:
August 15th, 2019, 12:55 pm
Has anyone opened an 05 HB? How was it?? I recently opened one and was extremely disappointed. No nose and nothing but a lot of fruit. What am I missing???
Perhaps it is just not to your taste. I've had the wine several times, most recently in 2015 and I think it is exceptional. Although not as good as the sublime 2005 LMHB. Yes, it is going to be better in 10, and even better in 20 years, but I do not find it closed, or simple. FWIW, the 4 hours of air you gave it was more than ample IMO. If it was my bottle, that is what I would have done.

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