A Second Wine Is Better the Second Time Around

Château Bahans Haut-Brion Pessac-Léognan 1999
James Suckling
Posted: January 27, 2009

Château Bahans is the second wine of Château Haut-Brion, the Bordeaux first-growth located in the Pessac-Léognan appellation. I drank a bottle of the 1999 vintage the other night in Geneva, Switzerland, with the estate's owner, Robert de Luxembourg. When the wine was first released, in 2002, I scored it 86 points in a blind tasting of wines from Pessac-Léognan. I liked it better this time around. It was a delicious bottle with tea, berry, tobacco and currant on the nose and palate, a medium body and a silky tannin structure. It was refined and balanced. It's ready to drink. 88 points, non-blind.

Château Bahans Haut-Brion Pessac-Léognan 1999 (86 points, $30 on release)

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