A.O.C. Pessac-Léognan, Bordeaux, France
Château Haut-Brion’s intensely aromatic, rich and concentrated wines are often viewed as some of the very best in the entire Bordeaux region, including its fellow first growths of the Médoc.
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.
“One of the best bottles of Chateau Haut-Brion that I have encountered, this is magnificent fermented grape juice. Extraordinarily deep in colour, it has amazing intensity on the nose with similar aromas as the bottle in July with black fruits, black olive, hot gravel and here a very faint tincture of menthol. The palate is medium- rather than full-bodied with exquisite balance and poise with a similar sense of symmetry expressed by the Mission ’78. There is a firm backbone to this wine matched by a fruit intensity that is not so much powerful, but perfectly focused. Blackberry, black plum, tobacco and crushed stone, expanding across the back-palate and lingering for ages after the wine is swallowed. Immense.” eRobertParker.com (Nov 2010)
Optimum Drinking Period: 2010-2040
Robert Parker: 100
Wine Spectator: 100
Stephen Tanzer: 97