2014 Haut Brion



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Average critic rating : 95.29 points

94-97

94-97

The 2014 Haut-Brion is one of the truly viscerally thrilling wines of the vintage. A host of smoke, graphite, licorice and black stone fruit notes hit the palate in a towering, majestic wine of the highest level. Opulent yet also massively tannic, with pulsating acidity in support, the 2014 is absolutely impeccable. Violets, lavender, smoke and savory herbs are some of the notes that add nuance as the wine builds to a rapturous, explosive finish. Readers fortunate enough to find the 2014 can look forward to several decades of pure drinking pleasure. The blend is 50% Merlot, 39% Cabernet Sauvignon and 11% Cabernet Franc.

93-95

93-95

The Chƒteau Haut-Brion 2014 is a blend of 50% Merlot, 11% Cabernet Franc and 39% Cabernet Sauvignon picked between 11 September and 10 October cropped at 42.9 hectoliters per hectare raised in 70% new oak (Jean-Philippe Delmas has been lowering the new oak in recent vintages.) The fruit seems a little ?redder? than La Mission at this stage with vibrant wild strawberry, blackcurrant and a pinch of dry tobacco, a hint of menthol developing with time in the glass. The palate is medium-bodied with fine tannin, that tobacco element becoming a little stronger in the mouth, a little foursquare but like La Mission Haut-Brion, focusing upon precision rather than power. Of course, a superb contribution to the vintage, but I'd place my bets on the "Mish", at least on these barrel tastings.

95-96

95-96

Dense and tight now with blackberries, blueberries, iodine, minerals and currants. Full bodied, firm and closed, yet there's a persistence and length that is most impressive. Polished and very classy.

95-98

95-98

Features a youthfully muscular edge, but remains elegant despite the heft, with a core of plum, red currant and raspberry fruit, guided by supple tannins and backed by subtle tobacco and spice hints. A light bay thread chimes in on the finish, while a juniper detail adds a pleasant underpinning. Displays admirable concentration, but this will need time to soak up its élevage, as it is always one of the more backward wines of the spring tastings. Tasted non-blind.—J.M. Wine Spectator, April 2015.

18.75

18.75

96

96

93-96

93-96

This again isn't giving much away. Dense and hard to penetrate, though some clear quality here. Comes through in the mouth, where there is depth and intensity of flavour, some length. The flavour persists and whilst this isn't singing today there is clearly something impressive here. A clear Haut Brion signature. Very good. Joss Fowler, FINE+RARE, April 2015.



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Chart showing (to 01/12/2016) market price for 12x75cl standard case:

Haut Brion 2014
+£872.00     (+37.57%) Latest price:  £3,193.00
Haut Brion 2008
+£1,562.00     (+81.78%) Latest price:  £3,472.00
Haut Brion 2004
+£2,309.00     (+213.01%) Latest price:  £3,393.00
Haut Brion 2001
+£2,573.00     (+295.75%) Latest price:  £3,443.00
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Barely outside the city of Bordeaux, nestled in the suburbs of Pessac-Léognan, lies one of Bordeaux’s great wines, Ch. Haut-Brion. Of the five first growths of Bordeaux, Haut-Brion is the connoisseurs’ grand vin. Indeed, ask anyone lucky enough to regularly drink first growth claret what their favourite one is and the answer will almost invariably be Haut-Brion.

Both red and white wines are made at Haut-Brion. The red vineyards are planted to 40% Cabernet Sauvignon, 37% Merlot and 18% Cabernet Franc. The white, one of the World’s finest white white wines, is roughly 63% Semillon and 37% Sauvignon Blanc. Two second wines are made: the red is Le Clarence de Ch. Haut-Brion ; the white is La Clarté de Haut-Brion Blanc . The red was known as Bahans Haut Brion up to 2006.

The high content of Merlot relative to its first growth peers is one of the factors that set Haut-Brion apart, as is its size. With an annual production of around 10,000 cases of the grand vin, this is the rarest of the first growths, and with up to 50% Merlot in the final blend it is often the most voluptuous. Sister property La Mission Haut-Brion is situated just across the road and, whilst not classified as such, often produced wines of first growth quality.



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