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Senior editor James Suckling joined Wine Spectator in 1981 and retired in 2010. As European bureau chief, he was based in Tuscany and tasted the wines of Italy, Bordeaux and Port.
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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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