1995 Bahans Haut-Brion, Pessac-Léognan

SKU #1022526 Jancis Robinson

 33% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Franc, 47% Cabernet Sauvignon. Glowing ruby. Fully evolved nose – much more so than the Bahans 1996. Sweet and appealing and again with a strong Cabernet Sauvignon element. Finishes dry. Very appetising and savoury. Cries out for food. Milder, less intense than the 1996 but very nicely developed. Hint of curry powder. (JR)  (3/2011)

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 One of the finest second wines being made in Bordeaux is Haut-Brion's Bahans-Haut-Brion. I have drunk several cases of the remarkable 1989, and I believe the 1995 and 1996 both merit consumer interest. The 1995 is an aromatic, round, complex, elegant wine that possesses all the characteristics of the bigger, richer 1996, but less depth, and more immediate appeal. Very 'Graves' with its smoky, roasted nose and sweet, smoke-infused black cherry and currant fruit, it should drink well for a decade. (RP)  (2/1998)

Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Fresh but reticent black cherry-dominated nose. More closed than the '96 following the bottling, and a bit disjointed today. Seems drier than the '96, but has plenty of underlying sweetness, solid structure, and nicely buffered tannins. (ST)  (5/1998)

Wine Spectator

 Really pretty aromas of cedar, violet and licorice, with hints of dark fruits. Medium-bodied, with silky tannins and a medium finish. Delicious. (JS, Web Only-2007)

K&L Notes

90 points Neal Martin: "Like the Petit Mouton ’94, this exceeded my own and most other attendees’ expectations. It has a typically Graves-like bouquet with singed leather, a hint of autumn leaves and melted tar. Certainly aromatically it appears to be fully mature. The palate is medium-bodied, slightly tart acidity, simple but pure with sappy redcurrant, black cherry, gravel and tobacco finish. This is a real surprise, drinking beautifully now. Drink now-2013. Tasted April 2009." (Wine Journal, 9/2009)

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Cabernet Sauvignon and Blends

- Cabernet Sauvignon has come a long way from its role as a blending varietal, however dominant, in the wines of Bordeaux. Today it is the most planted red varietal in the world. Identified as a descendent of Cabernet Franc and Sauvignon Blanc, the late-ripening Cabernet Sauvignon needs to be planted in warmer climates to fully ripen. Its small berries can easily be identified for their distinctive blue color, thick skins and high tannins. And while the varietal has its own definitive characteristics: green pepper-like aromas and black currant flavors among them, it is perhaps most prized for its ability to convey terroir, vintage and winemaking. A relatively new varietal, Cabernet Sauvignon started making inroads into the wines of the Médoc and Graves in the late-18th century. Today it is also dominant in the up-and-coming Entre-Deux-Mers region of Bordeaux and can also be found in Southwest France. It is the companion varietal to Sangiovese in Italy's Super Tuscans and is planted all over Europe, stretching to lesser-known winegrowing regions like Russia and Lebanon. In the Americas Cabernet Sauvignon has found champions in every nook and cranny of California and among winemakers in Washington, where it complements plantings of Merlot. In South America, Cab thrives in Chile, but can also be found in smaller amounts in Argentina and even in Mexico.


- When it comes to wine, France stands alone. No other country can beat it in terms of quality and diversity. And while many of its Region, Bordeaux, Burgundy and Champagne most obviously, produce wine as rare, as sought-after and nearly as expensive as gold, there are just as many obscurities and values to be had from little known appellations throughout the country. To learn everything there is to know about French wine would take a lifetime. To understand and appreciate French wine, one only has to begin tasting them.


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- Graves is the large red and white wine region located to the southeast of the city of Bordeaux along the Garonne River. Cabernet Sauvignon dominates the red wines from the area, while the whites are mixtures of Sauvignon Blanc and Semillon. The most important area within the Graves is the village of Pessac-Leognan. Most of the great chateaux, including Haut Brion, a premier cru and the only wine outside of the Medoc to be included in the 1855 Classification, are located in this small appellation. Graves derives its name from the rocky, stony terrain of the region. Many people believe that the stony soil radiates the day's heat at night and thus makes the grapes ripen earlier than the other regions in Bordeaux.