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Château Haut-Brion Pessac-Léognan Pre-Arrival 2011

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Like its stablemate La Mission-Haut-Brion, Haut-Brion’s 2011 production was small, only 7,600 cases, which is nearly 3,000 fewer cases than in 2009. A blend of 46% Cabernet Sauvignon, 35% Merlot and 19% Cabernet Franc, it is interesting to taste the 2011 Haut-Brion next to the more open-knit, seductive 2011 La Mission Haut-Brion. The former wine is more firm, backward and earthy with a more formidably structured style. Undeniably elegant, distinctive and original, it exhibits notes of mulberries, plums, blueberries and raspberries. Jean-Philippe Delmas told me that in many ways the 2011 reminds him of the 2008 from an aromatic and structural profile. There is plenty of tannin, and the 2011 has 25-30 years of aging potential. It may be more reminiscent of a vintage such as 1988, but it is better made as well as being the product of a far stricter selection process. - Robert Parker*Robert Parker rating (92-95 pts.)**We will notify you on arrival Summer 2014*

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 Château Haut-Brion Pessac-Léognan Pre-Arrival

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

Offers the racy taut edge of the vintage but shows slightly better flesh than its La Chapelle counterpart. In the end this offers a nice briary edge to its range of red and blue fruits with a lively iron note on the finish. Tasted non-blind.-J.M. Wine Spectator.


External Review
Source: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
01/16/2009

Tasted 4 Times With Inconsistent Notes I had mixed tasting notes on the 1928. At its best, it is the most concentrated, port-like wine I have ever tasted from Haut-Brion. Its huge, meaty, tar, car... Robert Parker. A Bordeaux Blend wine from Bordeaux in France. 1928 Haut Brion 750ml


External Review
Source: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
05/16/2012

Manages to harness the angularity of the vintage extremely well, almost burying the acidity in the core of cassis, black cherry skin, plum pit and maduro tobacco flavors. This is typically among the most backward wines of the vintage when young, and ... Wine Spectator. A Bordeaux Blend wine from Bordeaux in France. 2011 Haut Brion 3000ml


External Review
05/15/2009

1er Cru Classé


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

Manages to harness the angularity of the vintage extremely well almost burying the acidity in the core of cassis black cherry skin plum pit and maduro tobacco flavors. This is typically among the most backward wines of the vintage when young and it s still tight and primal but with admirable length and density already. Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot and Cabernet Franc. Tasted non-blind.-J.M. Wine Spectator.


External Review
Source: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
08/22/2013

Offers the racy taut edge of the vintage but shows slightly better flesh than its La Chapelle counterpart. In the end this offers a nice briary edge to its range of red and blue fruits with a lively iron note on the finish. Tasted non-blind.-J.M.... Wine Spectator A Bordeaux Blend wine from Bordeaux in France. 2011 2011 Le Clarence de Haut Brion Bordeaux Blend 750ml


External Review
05/06/2010

Purple and intense color. Nose appearing a bit discreet yet fine and fruity. On the palate the wine shows structure yet also some rusticity and a good weaving. With good presence in the mid-palate it evolves rich and also tannic. And yet it has not press wine. Nice aromatic and distinguished length. Jean-Marc Quarin - www.quarin.com



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Like its stablemate La Mission-Haut-Brion, Haut-Brion’s 2011 production was small, only 7,600 cases, which is nearly 3,000 fewer cases than in 2009. A blend of 46% Cabernet Sauvignon, 35% Merlot and 19% Cabernet Franc, it is interesting to taste the 2011 Haut-Brion next to the more open-knit, seductive 2011 La Mission Haut-Brion. The former wine is more firm, backward and earthy with a more formidably structured style. Undeniably elegant, distinctive and original, it exhibits notes of mulberries, plums, blueberries and raspberries. Jean-Philippe Delmas told me that in many ways the 2011 reminds him of the 2008 from an aromatic and structural profile. There is plenty of tannin, and the 2011 has 25-30 years of aging potential. It may be more reminiscent of a vintage such as 1988, but it is better made as well as being the product of a far stricter selection process. - Robert Parker*Robert Parker rating (92-95 pts.)**We will notify you on arrival Summer 2014*

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