Talking about 1970 Château Haut-Brion

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Arden Fine Wines’ Founder & MD Stuart George talks about a magnum of 1970 Château Haut-Brion.

Château Haut-Brion has long been regarded as one of the world’s finest wines.

The English diarist Samuel Pepys noted on Friday 10th April 1663 a visit to the “Royall Oak Tavern, in Lumbard Street… and here drank a sort of French wine, called Ho Bryan, that hath a good and most particular taste that I never met with.”

My fellow Warwick University graduate Neal Martin tasted Haut-Brion 1970 in June 2015: “The 1970 Château Haut-Brion is a First Growth that has probably been over-shadowed by the Latour 1970 during its lifetime. However, this bottle proves that it is not to be underestimated… There is plenty of vigour on the nose with dashing red berry fruit, cedar and black olive – just very Haut-Brion. The palate is medium-bodied, well balanced and fresh, nothing over-ambitious, just a claret in the traditional sense of the word that gently builds towards a sous bois dominated finish. This is an excellent showing, stout and a little austere, and you could argue an Haut-Brion with its peak in its wing-mirrors. Yet good bottles such as this will continue to offer pleasure for another decade.”

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