"This is subtle and complex, then it opens on the palate and shows incredible depth and intensity. Great length, going on and on for minutes."

99-100 POINTS - JAMES SUCKLING (on the 2019 Chateau Haut-Brion)

This morning sees another huge release from Bordeaux - the legendary First Growth Chateau Haut-Brion, its neighbouring property Chateau La Mission Haut-Brion and their Saint-Emilion estate, Chateau Quintus.

This year we are releasing the wines as a mixed parcel of six bottles of each wine. The parcel equates to a staggering 27% price reduction against last year for Chateau Haut Brion and a 23% price reduction for Chateau La Mission Haut-Brion.

Chateau Haut-Brion and Chateau La Mission Haut Brion are two of the most collectable Chateaux in Bordeaux. The consistency of these two estates over the last decade and beyond, and the impressive scores for both wines in 2019, make these a fantastic buy in 2019. Chateau Quintus, has also been managed by the same team since 2011. The estate, which is perched on a 62 metre high limestone hillock at the south-western end of the Saint-Emilion plateau, surrounded by some of the most eminent estates including Chateau Angelus and Chateau Belair-Monange, is one of the most exciting, newly emerging properties in the appellation and has produced an amazing wine in 2019. It has received its highest En Primeur score to date from The Wine Advocate for this year's vintage.

Managed by one of the longest running winemaking trios in Bordeaux, Jean-Philippe Delmas, Jean-Philippe Masclef (Technical Director) and Pascal Baratié (Vineyard Manager) have been making the wines at Haut-Brion and La Mission Haut-Brion since 1988, and at Quintus since 2011, producing some of the most profound wines to come out of Bordeaux in the last three decades.

From the outset the team have been hugely confident, not only about the quality of the vintage but about the performance of the individual components in the wines, offering a very true representation of these three estates in 2019.

What is particular and unusual about this vintage for them is that normally one of the varieties (Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon or Merlot) outperforms the others for one reason or another, yet in 2019 all the three varieties were as strong as each other. Cabernet Franc is notoriously difficult for them and many others in Bordeaux, but has performed extraordinarily this year. Their Merlot also came in with good quantities of juice, which has been a problem for them in more recent vintages. They had perfect weather during flowering and the vintage remained a very sanitary one with no issues of oidium, mildew or rot.

Their alcohol levels for the reds are pushing 14.5, yet their pH remains very healthy and there is great freshness in the wines, a consistent trait of the top wines in 2019, which the estate attributes to the cool summer nights.

They compare the 2019s to their 2009s, with the acidity levels of 2010. Alcohol levels may be high, but no different to their top modern vintages of 2005, 2009, 2010, 2015 and 2018. This is quintessential 21st Century Haut-Brion and Chateau La Mission Haut-Brion at its very best.

2019 Clarence Dillon Collection (HB, LMHB, Quintus)

Bordeaux / France
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"The is very refined and elegant with a fine-tannined line running through the center of the palate. It’s very intense and precise. Full-bodied with great, tight fruit. This is subtle and complex, then it opens on the palate and shows incredible depth and intensity. Great length, going on and on for minutes."

99-100 POINTS - JAMES SUCKLING (on the 2019 Chateau Haut-Brion)

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