I drank a wonderful bottle of 1998 Bahans Haut-Brion last night with Luca Sanjust of Fattoria Petrolo and Luca d’Attoma, a consulting enologist who also owns a small winery near the village of Riparbella. D’Attoma’s first vintage, 2004, is out this year, which includes an outstanding pure Cabernet Franc and 100 percent Syrah. Stay tuned. Sanjust makes one of the best Merlots in Italy, Galatrona. And his 2005, the current release, should be a big winner.
Anyway, I popped the cork on the Bahans, which as you know is the second wine of first growth Haut-Brion, and it was a dream. The rich raspberry and vanilla fruit I remember it had when it was young had turned to a chocolate, brown sugar, mushroom and berry character. It was full bodied with firm and slightly chewy tannins. The length was persistent and fascinating. 92 points, non-blind. I would give it another two or three years of bottle age if possible. Unfortunately, that was my only bottle!
When you think how much the wine sells for compared to the first wine, it’s hard to fathom. I checked Wine Searcher and the 1998 Bahans is about $55 to $65 a bottle. The 1998 Haut-Brion is close to $300. I am a great fan of the 1989 and 1995 Bahans as well.
Regardless of the price, the Tuscan wine producers loved the wine. We were only sorry it wasn’t a magnum.
Karl Mark — Geneva, IL. — June 7, 2007 10:55pm ET
Peter Chang — Hong Kong — June 8, 2007 12:04am ET
Yaron Zakai Or — Israel — June 8, 2007 5:17am ET
Horacio Campana / Butler Me — Monterrey, Mexico — June 8, 2007 2:27pm ET
William Delaney — Arlington VA — June 8, 2007 3:09pm ET
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Steve Wooden — Montreal, Canada — June 9, 2007 10:45am ET
Katherine Brown — North Carolina — June 9, 2007 6:49pm ET
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Anacleto Ludovic — paris france — June 11, 2007 12:53pm ET
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Horacio Campana / Butler Me — Monterrey, Mexico — June 11, 2007 10:27pm ET
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William Delaney — Arlington VA — June 12, 2007 11:22am ET
Horacio Campana / Butler Me — Monterrey, Mexico — June 12, 2007 10:46pm ET
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