The wine shows subtle barbecue smoke notes in the background, but is full-bodied, stunningly concentrated and builds incrementally, yet finishes with luxurious, almost extravagant amounts of fruit and intensity.
...possesses remarkable depth and tons of raw, animal power that is going to require considerable time in bottle to soften... Smoke, graphite, dried herbs and blue/purplish stone fruits grace the exotic, alluring finish.
Full body and a beautiful core of ripe fruit on the palate and the finish. Round, light, chewy tannins...This is the most merlot ever in Haut-Brion. Rich too. One of the wines of the vintage.
Has a lovely, fine-grained feel that lets the dark, hefty fruit drape beautifully. The tobacco element hangs in the background. Sneakily long.