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Châteauhaut-Brion Blanc Pessac-Leognan 2008

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"Deliciously concentrated fruit, which shows considerable power and ripeness. Yellow fruits, spice from new wood and richness are already combining well. And just as a reminder that this has Sauvignon Blanc in the blend, there is a touch of fresh herbaceousness at the end."Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar91-94 points*We will notify you on arrival Fall 2011.*

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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 Châteauhaut-Brion Blanc Pessac-Leognan

External Review
Source: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
04/24/2009

A Bordeaux Blanc wine from Bordeaux in France. 2008 Haut Brion Blanc 750ml


External Review
Source: AOC Fine Wines
04/07/2010

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


External Review
05/18/2010

A case of 1 750ML Bottle


External Review
Source: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
03/08/2012

41% Merlot; 50% Cabernet Sauvignon; 9% Cab Franc The wine starts out with fresh wood, and new oak. Flavors of bakers chocolate and coco powder. For a wine of such weight and depth, it had a surprisingly short finish. David Derby. A Bordeaux Blend wine from Bordeaux in France. 2008 Haut Brion 6000ml


External Review
Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
09/27/2011

Wonderful finesse and length to this wine. Loads of plum and berry, with hints of raspberry. Full-bodied, with a solid, velvety core of ripe fruit and tannins. Long finish. One of the few Pessacs better in 2000 than 1998. American-owned. Best after 2010.


External Review
Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
09/27/2011

For the vintage, this is an austere wine, emphasizing tannins over fruit. the fruit is certainly rich, and the tannins are dusty rather than dry, but it is a wine that is developing more slowly, suggesting it is also a long-term cellar candidate.


External Review
Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
09/27/2011

Good bright ruby red. Deep, smoky aromas of plum syrup, raspberry, tobacco, iron and roasted nuts. Lush, silky and sweet, with insidious vinosity keeping the lush plum and tobacco flavors fresh and delineated. The suave Merlot tannins spread out to cover the entire palate. Much more a Merlot-dominated wine than the 2001, which is 65% Cabernet Sauvignon.


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"Deliciously concentrated fruit, which shows considerable power and ripeness. Yellow fruits, spice from new wood and richness are already combining well. And just as a reminder that this has Sauvignon Blanc in the blend, there is a touch of fresh herbaceousness at the end."Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar91-94 points*We will notify you on arrival Fall 2011.*

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