Colour: Luminous ruby garnet, violet reflections, subtle brightening of the edges.
Aroma: Fine dark berry fruit, delicate liquorice, some vanilla, lemony nuances, inviting bouquet. Notes of tobacco, dry earth and beasty nuances, which turned later into luscious aroma with treacles.
Palate: Juicy, red berry touch, firm texture, hint of red cherries, mineral, salty, well balanced, medium complexity. Tannins have a good grip. No doubtedly young but it presents the elegance and roundness. Lovely finesse and good length. Aeration is necessary
Grape Varieties: 50% Merlot, 45.5% Cabernet Sauvignon, 4.5% Cabernet Franc
Awards: 92pts – Wine Spectator
History of Château Haut-Brion
Château Haut-Brion is the oldest of Bordeaux’s five first growths, and one of the most famous wines in the world. Located in Pessac-Léognan, south of the city of Bordeaux, the château is rather far removed from its counterparts, all of which are found in the Médoc.The Haut-Brion cuvée tends to have more Merlot than the wines from the Medoc, with Cabernet Sauvignon in more of a supporting role. As such, Haut-Brion is more rounded and softer than other Left Bank wines. The château describes the wine as having an empyreumatic bouquet.
The vineyard is planted to 40% Cabernet Sauvignon, 37% Merlot and 18% Cabernet Franc. A stunning white wine is also made, from a part of the vineyard which is 63% Semillon and 37% Sauvignon Blanc. Production is smaller than at the other First Growth Wines, totalling about 20,000 cases, shared between the Grand Vin and a second wine, formerly called Bahans-Haut-Brion but changed in 2007 to Clarence de Haut-Brion in recognition of Clarence Dillon.
Production of Haut Brion Blanc is minute, less than 800 cases in most years. Beginning with the 2009 vintage a new white wine was introduced in the place of Clarence: La Clarté de Haut-Brion, the offspring of Domaine Clarence Dillon’s two prestigious white wines: Château Haut-Brion Blanc and Château La Mission Haut-Brion Blanc.