2010 Haut Brion



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Average critic rating : 97.83 points

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100

As for the 2010 Haut-Brion, it does not have the power of Latour’s 2010 or the intense lead pencil shavings and chocolaty component of Lafite-Rothschild, but it is extraordinary, perfect wine. It has a slightly lower pH than the 2009 (3.7 versus the 2009's 3.8), and even higher alcohol than the 2009 (14.6%). The wine is ethereal. From its dense purple color to its incredibly subtle but striking aromatics that build incrementally, offering up a spectacular smorgasbord of aromas ranging from charcoal and camphor to black currant and blueberry liqueur and spring flowers, this wine’s finesse, elegant yet noble power and authority come through in a compelling fashion. It is full-bodied, but that’s only apparent in the aftertaste, as the wine seems to float across the palate with remarkable sweetness, harmony, and the integration of all its component parts – alcohol, tannin, acidity, wood, etc. This prodigious Haut-Brion is hard to compare to another vintage, at least right now, but it should have 50 to 75 years of aging potential. Anticipated maturity: 2022-2065+.||Kudos to the team at Haut-Brion and to the proprietors, the Dillon family, who are now represented admirably and meticulously by Prince Robert of Luxembourg. He has made some changes, and all of them seem to have resulted in dramatic improvements to what was already an astonishing group of wines. Wine Advocate.February, 2013

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100

"The Haut-Brion 2010 is a stunning wine that provoked a few perfect scores around the table. It is blessed with a compelling bouquet with superb precision and focus: wonderful mineralite, slightly conservative and withdrawn and yet displaying immense clarity and terroir expression. With continued aeration there is just a hint of the sea surfacing and one never detects the 14.6% alcohol. The palate is backward, tannic and broody, but immensely powerful and multi-layered. This is a multi-dimensional wine, very long and persistency in the mouth with a bewilderingly complex finish. Tasted January 2014."

97-98

97-98

Wonderful aromas of dark fruits with sweet tobacco and lilac character. Blackberries too. Amazing nose. This is tight and powerful with beautiful tannins and a racy structure. It lasts for minutes. Super refined yet muscular style of Haut-Brion due to a much lower percentage of Merlot in the blend. I like the 2009 better. Its more typical. This is 57 percent Cabernet Sauvignon, 23 percent Merlot and 20 percent Cabernet Franc. jamessuckling.com

96-99

96-99

Sappy, dense and packed, with layers of kirsch, melted licorice snap, anise and black tea. Just as dense, if not more so, on the finish, with extra tar, violet and blackberry confiture. There's massive grip on the back end, but this is velvety and caressing. Easily the most backward of the first-growths at this stage. Tasted non-blind. —J.M. James Molesworth, winespectator.com

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18

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. jancisrobinson.com

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19

Slightly richer and broader fruit than La Mission, superb finesse over a fleshy ripeness and perfect harmony. Drink 2013-25. (19 points) Steven Spurrier, decanter.com

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18

A light perfume of lavender and forest fruits leads to a very well-balanced body of complex flavours with heavy tannins, concealing the highest ever natural alcohol for this wine at 14.6%. The 2009 was 14.3%. and will fill 10,500 cases, while the 2010 will fill 7,800.Though it will need ten years of cellaring, its peak for drinking may be half a century away. Ivor Davies

98-100

98-100

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. 98-100 Pts Jeff Leve winecellarinsider.com

98-100

98-100

Deep ruby purple in colour, the Haut-Brion offers a hedonistic nose of cedar, violets, blackberries, blackcurrant, and spices. This is a rich mouth-filling wine that will take at least a decade to come around. Reserved, aristocratic, very dense with velvety tannins and lovely layers of complex flavours, this very classy wine has a finish that just goes on and on. There is not much Merlot compared to other years, but the 20% Cabernet Franc has added spices, herbs and complexity that come through in the finish. A phenomenal wine. Jeannie Cho Lee MW asianpalate.com

19-20

19-20

Slightly fuller than La Mission and with slightly more pronounced tannin. For us this is on another energetic plane than La Mish and with a mid-palate which is rivalled only by a handful of other 2010s. We fancy this will be approachable relatively early if it doesn't close down but will age effortlessly because of its balace and power for at least 50 years



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Haut-Brion: The Importance

Representing the epitome of quality and tradition, Château Haut-Brion in the Graves appellation of Pessac-Léognan is the oldest of all of the Bordeaux Grand Crus, and the only one of the five Premier Cru Classés of the 1855 Classification not found in the Médoc.

 

The winemaking at Haut-Brion has remained in the same family for close to 100 years, and Robert Parker writes of this family that “all things considered – there are probably no more experienced and talented Bordeaux wine deities than the Delmas family.” This is directly reflected in the wine produced at Haut-Brion, which is extraordinarily consistent and outstanding year upon year. Several vintages have been awarded perfect scores by Parker, with some of the best vintages produced at this estate have been 1989, 2000, 2005, 2009, 2010, 2012 and 2015. Praising the 2009 vintage, Parker writes that there is “an extraordinary nose of plum, blueberry, raspberry, crushed rock, and that intriguing floral as well as unsmoked cigar tobacco note (a classic sign of this terroir) [with] freshness, vibrancy and precision that is historic and possibly unprecedented. Some graphite emerges as the wine sits in the glass, but the wine is very thick while at the same time precise and elegant. This is the quintessential expression of one of the greatest wine terroirs of the world.”

 

The number of cases produced by this estate has more than halved since the 1980’s, clearly showing the estate’s growing focus of lower yields and stricter selection, and has meant that at approximately 10,000 cases a year, Haut-Brion is the rarest and most in-demand of all the first growths, and extremely popular during En Primeur campaigns.

 

Haut-Brion: The Insight

Haut-Brion also produces a white wine, which is regarded as one of the best and most sought-after white wines in the world. It is an almost equal blend of Sémillon and Sauvignon Blanc, and fulfils the wish of the Larrieu family who owned the estate in the 19th century, to create a dry white wine with the intensity of aromas found in a sweet wine. Of the 2012, Parker writes that it is “easily the top wine of Pessac-Léognan, [and] has extraordinary flesh and intensity, with an unctuousness and thickness that is almost hard to believe for a dry white wine. The high proportion of Semillon in this blend has given the wine an almost liquid mandarin orange note intermixed with caramelized citrus, honeysuckle, fig and crushed rock. This absolutely profound dry white wine is full-bodied and capable of lasting 40-50 years.”

 

Although comparisons are often drawn between Château Haut-Brion and Château La Mission Haut Brion due to the fact that they are owned by the same family and their close geographical proximity, the style of wine produced at the estates is extremely different, largely due to the fact that while Haut-Brion lies in Pessac-Léognan, the bulk of the vineyards of La Mission Haut-Brion are in Talence, which possesses different terroir and soil.

 

Two second wines are produced at Haut-Brion, the Clarence de Haut-Brion, which was originally called Bahans Haut-Brion and the name changed to honour the owner’s ancestor, and La Clarté de Haut-Brion, which is the second wine of both Haut-Brion Blanc and La Mission Haut-Brion’s white wine. Parker, writing about the red second wine, writes that it is “consistently one of the best second wines produced in Bordeaux and also one of my favourites.”

 

The vineyard at Haut-Brion is planted to 40% Cabernet Sauvignon, 37% Merlot and 18% Cabernet Franc, with the final wine usually containing a higher proportion of Merlot than the other first growths, and the part of the vineyard dedicated to white grape varieties is planted to 63% Sémillon and 37% Sauvignon Blanc.

 

The winemaking has remained in the same family for three generations, showcasing how the expertise has been passed down from generation to generation and refined along the way. George Delmas, who had been the director at Cos d’Estournel became the director of Haut-Brion in 1923, and was joined by his son in 1961, who retired in 2004 to advise Château Montrose, handing the reigns to his son Jean-Philippe.

 

Haut-Brion: The Background

Although evidence of wine-growing on the land that now makes up Château Haut-Brion can be found going back to 1426, the estate as we know it now came into existence when construction for the château began in 1549, although wine had been regularly produced at this estate since 1521.The first reference to Haut-Brion in the press can be found in a document that is considered the first official review of any wine, when in April 1663, Samuel Pepys wrote following a tasting of Haut-Brion that he had “drank a sort of French wine called Ho-Bryan that hath a good and most particular taste I never met with.”

 

In 1935, the estate was purchased by a New York financier called Clarence Dillon, and has stayed in this family ever since. The estate is now owned by Clarence Dillon’s great-grandson, Robert de Luxembourg who runs it alongside his mother, the Princess of Luxembourg. This family also own the sister estate of Château La Mission Haut-Brion, as well as Château Quintus in St Émilion (formerly Château Tertre Daugay) and Clarendelle.



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