A.O.C. Pessac-Léognan, Bordeaux, France
Haut-Brion is also the least well-known of the first growths (and is the only château outside of the Haut-Médoc to be awarded growth status in the classification of 1855), and so it rarely achieves a higher price than its contemporaries, which is good news for astute buyers.
“A pure, finely tuned, delineated nose with touches of leather, clove and mint embroidered into the black brambly fruit, wisps of espresso with time. The palate is full-bodied with firm, grippy tannins, very good weight but quite austere and straight-laced. Good acidity though, touches of graphite and smoke towards the weighty finish that loosens up with time. Pencil lead on the aftertaste with breathtaking persistency. Classy…very classy…” eRobertParker.com (Sep 2010)
Optimum Drinking Period: 2009-2020
Robert Parker: 94
Wine Spectator: 95
Stephen Tanzer: 92