91 points Wine Spectator
Firm and bright, with nicely realized berry and red plum flavors, suggesting richness and suppleness under fine tannins. (HS) (4/1997)
90 points Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate
Quite a surprise in a difficult vintage, a strict selection and the superb terroir of Haut Brion triumphed over a very challenging year that produced many hard, relatively herbaceous wines. The color is a surprisingly saturated deep plum/ruby. Some sweet berry fruit intermixed with menthol, graphite, damp earth, and a hint of mushroom emerges in this medium-bodied, very elegant Haut Brion that is still firmly structured but has sweet tannin and surprising length and ripeness. The wine will always represent a sleeper style. (RP) (12/2002)
Stored on it’s side in a climate controlled cellar since purchase.
A few minor label and capsule scuffs, otherwise perfect.
Please note: The bottle in the photos is the exact bottle being sold.