The 1997 Haut Briondisplays a deep, saturated ruby/purple color, as well as an excellent, evolved nose of black fruits, minerals, earth, and pain grille. It is a wine of finesse and rich fruit rather than one of power, structure, and volume. Medium-bodied, lush, and remarkably easy to drink. This wine should evolve quickly, and keep for 15+ years. Anticipated maturity: 2001-2015.