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WTN: 1998 Les Carmes Haut-Brion

by Covert » Wed Oct 10, 2018 7:16 pm

I post trash on Friends and Fun, but I haven’t posted anything on the Wine Forum in many years. When my wife contracted breast cancer about eight years ago, and alcohol was contraindicated, I stopped buying or paying any attention to wine, so I forgot a lot of things I had learned. After she died a year and a half ago, I started drinking a bottle of Bordeaux we had collected almost every night. When I pulled a bottle of 1998 Les Carmes Haut-Brion out of my cellar tonight, I thought, like a novice, that it was the second wine of Haut-Brion, and expected it to taste like a second wine.

After one sniff, and sip, I cried, OMG! This is terrific! What a fantastic nose with its cedar and tobacco; the mid-palate is so classy, with good acidity, and the finish seems never to end! I have First Growths down to good Cru Bourgeois in my cellar, and if this wine didn’t express so much Merlot and Cabernet Franc, I would swear it was a First or Second Growth from a good year.

Anyway, I thought I would post something other than BS on this forum for a change, and this wine is no BS.
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Re: WTN: 1998 Les Carmes Haut-Brion

by Jon Leifer » Wed Oct 10, 2018 11:04 pm

Welcome back, Covert..Sorry to hear about your wife's passing..Please accept my sincere condolences..Glad to see you back and posting, please stay around
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Re: WTN: 1998 Les Carmes Haut-Brion

by Jenise » Thu Oct 11, 2018 6:51 pm

The key here is that the 98's of Pessac were especially good (in my experience), much better than the rest of the left bank .
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