The nose is relatively discreet but has great clarity including nuances in turn of red fruit, minerals, woodiness and smoke. We find a complexity in the mouth. In spite of enormous concentration, the tannins do not attack the palate. The wine is precise, long and straight. Behind its façade of austerity we discover a wine with great elegance and stylishness. With the 2004 Chateau Haut-Brion has developed one of the great wines of the vintage.