1998 Haut Franquet, Moulis

SKU #1303661

We discovered this wine on our 2017 Bordeaux trip and it has finally arrived. A neighbor of Poujeaux, I must admit I have never seen the property, but what they did in 1998 is commendable. Some 1998 left bank wines are a bit coarse and tough while this, like the Poujeaux, is elegant and fruit driven. Perfect hamburger wine.

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By: Steve Bearden | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 10/31/2019 | Send Email
Aromatic, soft and mature with gentle earth, burnished leather and subtle sweetness to the finish. This is a great deal in 20 year old Bordeaux and ready to go tonight. Give this a try while it lasts.

By: Diana Turk | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 6/30/2018 | Send Email
Mineral-driven and leaner than many fleshier Bordeaux thanks to Moulis' chalky soil, Haut-Franquet is sophisticated and nimble, delicious and smooth, yet savory with green woodsy notes throughout. Plus the price for a twenty year old wine is amazing.

By: Jacques Moreira | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 6/4/2018 | Send Email
Perfectly aged and ready now! Showing that classic touch of capsicum, olives, along with an elegant woodsy, forest floor aromatics. An absolutely must for those who like aged Bordeaux.

By: John Downing | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 5/30/2017 | Send Email
I had the pleasure of tasting this when Clyde dropped in recently and shared some of the latest arrivals from Bordeaux with the Hollywood crew. Since this one is a 1998 Left Bank, I wasn't expecting it to be as good as it is. Here's an exciting, fully mature Bordeaux at a terrific price that's drinking perfectly today. It's soft and juicy with ripe tannins and savory black currant fruit throughout. Pop a roast in the oven and open this one.

By: Anthony Russo | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 5/30/2017 | Send Email
Full disclosure: I am not a big fan of aged Bordeaux, but this one is an exception. Not flabby at all, this 20 year old wine has plenty of flavor and bite to make it incredibly interesting, especially at this price point.

By: Lilia McIntosh | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 5/16/2017 | Send Email
This Bordeaux opens up with very aromatic earthy and savory notes of leather, sweet tobacco and subtle hints of darker red fruit. On the palate it's smooth and soft with well-developed tannins, very savory red and black cassis notes and supple earthiness. The property consists of 65% Cabernet Sauvignon, 35% Merlot and 5% Petit Verdot.

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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 M├ędoc 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.