1997 Château Haut-Brion – Graves AOC, France David Honig July 19, 2010 Tasting Notes 2 Comments Tasted with 1997 Cheval Blanc, Château Margaux, and Mouton-Rothschild, the Haut-Brion clearly stood out as the most balanced and complex of this fine lot. Minerality was remarkable. Wet gravel and scorched earth formed the base for red currant, sweet wood, and smoked meat flavors. Tobacco and mint added counterpoints to the mild fruit flavors, clearly giving way to the secondary flavors of a mature Bordeaux. This is ready now and in this down ‘97 vintage unlikely to improve with additional age. If you are in New York, take it to Keen’s, order the Mutton Chop, and pay the corkage fee. Don’t forget to offer a taste to your waiter (and the envious wine steward). WHO: Château Haut-Brion WHAT: Cabernet sauvignon blend WHERE: Graves AOC, France, WHEN: 1997 HOW MUCH: $230 Pingback: Tweets that mention 1997 Château Haut-Brion – Graves AOC, France : PALATE PRESS -- Topsy.com ngennaro Should be Pessac-Léognan not Graves AOC right? This AOC was created in 1987 so I think this wine would fall under it correct?