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Chateau Haut-Brion 1-Er Grand Cru Classe 2010

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" ...boasts an opaque purple color as well as a gorgeous perfume of scorched earth/burning embers, blueberries, black currant liqueur and crushed rocks. Full and opulent with nobility, finesse, purity and elegance, this amazing effort possesses extraordinary levels of extract as well as formidable, but sweet, well-integrated tannins...98-100" WA 5/11 "Good full ruby-red. Complex, expressive, very showy aromas and flavors of cassis, menthol, smoke and tobacco complemented by violet, milk chocolate and sweet spices. Fat, sweet and concentrated in the mouth, with an almost liqueur-like ripeness to its highly concentrated, palate-saturating flavors. Finishes ripe and savory, with huge but plush tannins and lingering notes of blueberry and minerals. ..98+" IWC 7/13 "Sappy, tongue-coating pastis, blackberry coulis and loganberry fruit starts this huge wine off, followed by a parade of licorice snap, violet, tar, black tea, roasted alder, wood spice and steeped black cherry fruit notes. A beam of pure cassis drives through this version, and the finish pulls everything together with a mouthwatering brambly edge that should soften slowly over time. A riveting display of brawny power, unbridled energy and high-level terroir...99" WS 03/13

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Chateau Haut Brion:
Although by all accounts the vine has been rampant in these parts since at least Roman times, the earliest written mention that our archivist has discovered, citing a parcel of vines being cultivated at Haut-Brion dates back to only 1423. In the early days wines were known by the name of the parishes from whence they came. Later they became known as clarets. In the case of Haut-Brion, under t... Read more
Although by all accounts the vine has been rampant in these parts since at least Roman times, the earliest written mention that our archivist has discovered, citing a parcel of vines being cultivated at Haut-Brion dates back to only 1423. In the early days wines were known by the name of the parishes from whence they came. Later they became known as clarets. In the case of Haut-Brion, under the great stewardship of the Pontac family the wine's reputation was for years represented by the name of this enlightened and well respected family-- Pontac wine. Eventually as its renown grew, the name of the Estate came to replace that of its owners. The notion of a Great Growth was born! We find the first written mention of the wine in the Diaries of Samuel Pepys. While visiting the Royal Oak Tavern in London on April 10, 1663 Pepys wrote "There I drank a sort of French wine called Ho-Bryan (sic) which hath a good and most particular taste which I never before encountered....." Read less

External Reviews for Chateau Haut-Brion 1-Er Grand Cru Classe

External Review
Source: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
04/06/2015

23% Merlot 57% Cabernet Sauvignon 20% Cabernet Franc. 7 800 cases not 10 000+ as in 2009. 42% grand vin (compared with 57% in 2009). Full opulent nose in which the classic Haut-Brion aroma is well masked by lots of slightly austere fruit. Very fine tannins - very drying finish. An extremely slow burner. Much drier than La Mission and at the moment not desperately expressive. Its lips are pursed at the moment and so are mine tasting it. Unusual to come across such a long-term wine even here. This may not make a massive impact en primeur because it is keeping so much in reserve. I think it will eventually make a great wine but it s surly at the moment. 18


External Review
Source: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
11/14/2013

52% merlot 36% cabernet sauvignon 10% cabernet franc and 2% petit verdot. Alcohol of 14.4%. A very perfumed nose of spice vanilla red licorice and blue fruits lead to a rich balanced palate full of fresh fruit. Very taut at this stage the tannins hide inside the structure only to briefly reveal themselves at the end. With a finish that is exceptionally long this is very tasty. Enjoy over the next 20 years. Cory Gowan.


External Review
Source: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
04/06/2015

Haut-Brion From a blend of 57% Cabernet Sauvignon 23% Merlot and 20% Cabernet Franc this unique blend is made from one of the highest concentrations of Cabernet Sauvignon in the history of the property. In 2010 the wine reached 14.6% alcohol with a pH of 3.63. This combination allows for more ripeness as well as greater freshness. The effective yields are lower in 2010. Only 42% of the crop was included in the Grand Vin. For those that like statistics 2009 Haut Brion is slightly lower in alcohol at 14.2 % alcohol with a pH of 3.9. . 2010 Chateau Haut Brion is deep ruby with a purple rim that shines in the glass. The wine is filled with smoke earth hot stones spice blackberry cassis and hints of licorice. Full bodied and concentrated with multiple layers of spicy fresh rich dark fruit and cassis flavors that fill your palate this elegant regal wine builds in the mouth. From the first touch on your palate it s difficult to imagine the incredible length found in this wine. I


External Review
Source: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
04/06/2015

57% cabernet sauvignon 23% merlot and 20% cabernet franc. An interesting aside - 2010 is the first vintage in history where the larger bottles (anything above a magnum) - will also come in Haut-Brion s trademark sloping bottle. Tiny production this year of only around 8 000 cases representing 42% of total wine made and a decrease of 30% from 2009. A very tight and elegant nose of black cherry strawberry and black tea emerges from within. On the palate it is rich and refreshing with a tamed ripeness that lasts for countless minutes. This is a stacked deep wine that will take some time to come out of its shell but will cellar well for 50+ years. Cory Gowan.


External Review
Source: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
04/06/2015

Good deep red-ruby. Herbal blackberry licorice and gunflint on the nose. Slightly medicinal flavors of dark fruits and licorice show moderate fruit intensity but complex mineral graphite and cedar elements. The moderately sweet ripe finish is kept fresh by firm ripe tannins and juicy acidity. Seems sweeter and sappier than when I tasted it at the Primeurs a couple years ago but it s still one of the more austere Clarence de Haut-Brions in some time. (ID) Stephen Tanzers IWC.


External Review
Source: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
11/14/2013

Haut-Brion From a blend of 57% Cabernet Sauvignon 23% Merlot and 20% Cabernet Franc this unique blend is made from one of the highest concentrations of Cabernet Sauvignon in the history of the property. In 2010 the wine reached 14.6% alcohol with a pH of 3.63. This combination allows for more ripeness as well as greater freshness. The effective yields are lower in 2010. Only 42% of the crop was included in the Grand Vin. For those that like statistics 2009 Haut Brion is slightly lower in alcohol at 14.2 % alcohol with a pH of 3.9. . 2010 Chateau Haut Brion is deep ruby with a purple rim that shines in the glass. The wine is filled with smoke earth hot stones spice blackberry cassis and hints of licorice. Full bodied and concentrated with multiple layers of spicy fresh rich dark fruit and cassis flavors that fill your palate this elegant regal wine builds in the mouth. From the first touch on your palate it s difficult to imagine the incredible length found in this wine. I timed the finish twice to make sure I had not lost track of the time. I shook my watch to ensure it was running correctly. This incredible wine remains on your palate for close to 80 seconds! Balanced harmonious and regal this will be an amazing wine to experience at maturity. Jeff Leve.


External Review
Source: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
07/06/2011

2010 Haut-Brion: Following a harvest that finished on October 10, Haut-Brion produced a 2010 that should turn out to be one of its all-time greats ... an amazing feat given what they have accomplished over recent vintages. A blend of 57% Cabernet Sau... Robert Parker's Wine Advocate. A Bordeaux Blend wine from Bordeaux in France. 2010 Haut Brion 1500ml


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" ...boasts an opaque purple color as well as a gorgeous perfume of scorched earth/burning embers, blueberries, black currant liqueur and crushed rocks. Full and opulent with nobility, finesse, purity and elegance, this amazing effort possesses extraordinary levels of extract as well as formidable, but sweet, well-integrated tannins...98-100" WA 5/11 "Good full ruby-red. Complex, expressive, very showy aromas and flavors of cassis, menthol, smoke and tobacco complemented by violet, milk chocolate and sweet spices. Fat, sweet and concentrated in the mouth, with an almost liqueur-like ripeness to its highly concentrated, palate-saturating flavors. Finishes ripe and savory, with huge but plush tannins and lingering notes of blueberry and minerals. ..98+" IWC 7/13 "Sappy, tongue-coating pastis, blackberry coulis and loganberry fruit starts this huge wine off, followed by a parade of licorice snap, violet, tar, black tea, roasted alder, wood spice and steeped black cherry fruit notes. A beam of pure cassis drives through this version, and the finish pulls everything together with a mouthwatering brambly edge that should soften slowly over time. A riveting display of brawny power, unbridled energy and high-level terroir...99" WS 03/13

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