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Chateau Haut-Brion 1-Er Grand Cru Classe 2010

Winemaker's Notes:

" ...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

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

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

Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065221,558
4.50 5
Vintage: 2007 06/20/2010

Black currants and smoked chilies on the nose with some toast, gravel and floral notes – fairly big and ripe in the mouth with a bright, precise feel, tannins are firm but very unobtrusive, excellent length and purity on the finish with long red fruit tones and slightly herbaceous/chili echoes (91-92)


Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065221,558
4.00 5
Vintage: 2005 05/05/2014

Smoky and a bit twiggy and stoney on the nose with red fruit and rust. This is curiously a touch sweet almost on entry the this turns firm and a bit mean for a moment before showing the ripe fruit of the nose again, vacillates between ripe fruit and fairly aggressive mineral notes, and while this is a touch lacking in substance it does promise to develop well if it gains some weight, which I expect it will. 89pts


Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065221,558
4.50 5
Vintage: 1995 09/22/2008

A classic expression of tobacco and gravel over a very deep core of ripe, dark fruit greats the nose, Spicy and with a hint of camphor, a seductive nose. Opulent, ripe and chewy upon entry, zest and lively with lots of soft, ripe tannins, the fruit remains very crisp though continues to add layers, the long finish just echoes the flavors of the midpalte. While still very young this has the balance and intensity to age impeccably.


Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065221,558
4.00 5
Vintage: 1985 02/11/2009

A soft nose with lots of band-aid and some camphor, lovely soft enry, well resolved and mouthfilling with just a touch of chewy soft tannin adding weight, good balance with rich red fruits, some menthol and tobacco on the moderately long finish, turns a bit dry and quite savory with air. A good choice for near term consumption.


Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065221,558
4.00 5
Vintage: 1971 09/22/2008

also with noticably great color but no "THE CELLAR" sticker here. The nose starts out weed and herbaceous and not very promising at all, then some cool cassis, herbs, leather, and before long wonderful notes of black tea and a well used briar pipe. The entry is cool and poised, rich and integrated with very little obvious structure, a bit astingent but this rounds out, a bit simple in the mouth but still fresh and the nose is enough to gie it a bit of a lift.


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

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Snooth User: Greg Themonk
1062386100
4.00 5
Vintage: 2009 10/10/2012

Four glasses


Snooth User: kelmoc
10084704
5.00 5
Vintage: 2008 12/30/2011

Five glasses


4.00 5
Vintage: 2007 12/21/2014

Four glasses


Snooth User: Rodolphe Boulanger
63471,856
4.00 5
Vintage: 2006 01/27/2009

Wood furniture and spice nose. Spice, orange peel on the palate. Light and elegant with great fruit. A top Pessac.


Snooth User: VegasOenophile
20275912,198
3.00 5
Vintage: 2006 01/30/2012

- WS Grand Tour 2011


Snooth User: Teppo
423118728
3.00 5
Vintage: 2006 04/18/2011

did we drink this too early?


Snooth User: Laguna city
5965984
3.00 5
Vintage: 2006 09/30/2010

Great wine


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

External Review
Source: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
Vintage: 2013 06/20/2014

This unfolds on your palate with a oyster raspberry and stone character. It slowly opens and builds. Chewy yet polished. Reserved LMHB. James Suckling.


External Review
Source: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
Vintage: 2013 06/20/2014

A blend of 65% Merlot 3% Cabernet Franc and 32% Cabernet Sauvignon picked between 24 September and 11 October Jean-Philippe Delmas told me that they finished on a Sunday since the risk of botrytis was so high. The pH is 3.58 with 13.25% alcohol. The first sample at the beginning of primeur was not showing well the second much better with blackberry bay leaf and a seaweed scents that becomes increasingly intense. Overall the aromatic profile is not powerful but quite elegant recalling some


External Review
Source: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
Vintage: 2013 01/03/2013

Second wine of Haut-Bailly, with 44% cabernet sauvignon, 40% merlot, 16% cabernet franc. Deep, vibrant, opaque ruby. Luscious, ripe aromas leap from the glass, with black cherry, crème de cassis, a touch of plum, and crushed rocks. Such a complex and... Cory Gowan. A Bordeaux Blend wine from Bordeaux in France. 2009 Le Parde de Haut Bailly 1500ml


External Review
Source: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
Vintage: 2013 07/14/2012

Very polished, with an alluring incense and licorice edge to the core of supple black cherry, anise and plum sauce flavors. Suave black tea and tar hints chime on the finish, but this stays open-knit and rounded. Drink now through 2018 Wine Spectator. A Bordeaux Blend wine from Bordeaux in France. 2009 Le Parde de Haut Bailly 1500ml


External Review
Source: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
Vintage: 2013 06/20/2014

This white has more sauvignon blanc than normal: about two thirds instead of half. Full body with lots of fennel grapefruit apple and pineapple-skin character. Dense bright acidity. A round fruity white. James Suckling.


External Review
Source: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
Vintage: 2013 06/20/2014

The Haut Brion Blanc is a blend of 66% Sauvignon Blanc and 34% Semillon was picked two days earlier than the La Mission Haut-Brion Blanc. It has a mineral-driven bouquet perhaps more terroir-driven than the La Mission at this point in time. The palate is taut and fresh with crisp acidity impressive weight in the mouth and a genuine sense of tension towards the sherbet influenced finish. This ought to be divine after bottling. Tasted April 2014. Neal Martins Wine Journal.


External Review
Source: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
Vintage: 2013 06/20/2014

This has one of the best finishes of all reds in Bordeaux in 2013. Full and balanced with medium density in the mid-palate but it lasts for minutes on the finish. Tobacco currant and spice character. Only 13.1% alcohol. James Suckling.


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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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