Château Haut Brion, 1er Cru Classé, Pessac Léognan, 2010

  Château Haut-Brion

Château Haut Brion, 1er Cru Classé, Pessac Léognan

57% Cabernet Sauvignon, 23% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Franc with yields of 41 hl/ha, which is just two hl/ha less than the 2009, but production will be just 7800 cases, some 26% less. The estate reported one of the lowest pH every recorded, so it is no surprise that this possesses wonderful freshness and lift, which complements the extraordinary levels of concentration and extract. A regal bouquet of brooding dark fruits, perfumed black cherries, spices, tobacco, high toned minerals and violets. The palate is awash with suave, detailed fruit, layer upon layer of complexity; it builds and builds to a crescendo. Enormous yet perfectly balanced, dense yet precise and effortlessly elegant, everything is perfectly in place and taut - a wine with paradoxical opulence and strictness, there is not a hair out of place; an exquisitely refined, polished Haut Brion and a worthy rival to the magnificent 2009.

Contains Sulphites.

About Château Haut-Brion

Haut Brion has arguably been the most consistent First Growth over the past twenty years. The exceptional terroir in the suburbs of Bordeaux has an uncanny knack of producing exquisitel wine whatever the weather throws at it. The estate can be traced back to the 14th century although the current owners can track their lineage back to 1935, when the American financier, Clarence Dillon bought the rather beleaguered estate. Now, Clarence Dillon’s great grandson, Prince Robert of Luxembourg manages the estate, however, much of the success enjoyed by this estate is down to the Delmas family. Three generations have made Haut Brion their life’s work, George (1921-1960), Jean Bernard (1960-2003) and Jean-Philippe (2003-to present).

The vineyards sit upon two gravel croupes and are planted with 45% Cabernet Sauvignon, 40% Merlot and 15% Cabernet Franc for the reds and Sauvignon Blanc and Semillon for the whites. Aside from the Grand vins, the estate produce a second wine, Clarence de Haut Brion, previously called Bahans de Haut Brion and Clarte de Haut Brion, previously called Plantiers de Haut Brion.

Appellation: Pessac-Léognan

The region has one first growth, Château Haut-Brion, whilst other renowned Chateaux currently doing well are La Mission-Haut-Brion, Pape-Clément, Smith-Haut-Lafitte and Haut-Bailly. Soils are gravely and well-drained and the plantations are similar in proportion to those of the Médoc, consisting mostly of Cabernet Sauvignon with some Merlot and Cabernet Franc. The region is also well known for its long-lived whites that can be varying blends of Sauvignon Blanc and Semillon oaked or unoaked. The most lauded are Domaine de Chevalier, Haut-Brion, Pape-Clement, De Fieuzal, and Laville-Haut-Brion.

Grape Blend: Cab. Sauvignon | Merlot | Cab. Franc

The hallowed Bordeaux trinity of grape varieties that form the stock left bank blend. Cabernet's Sauvignon's acidic, tannic complex qualities marry ideally with Merlot's sweet, softy flesh characteristics, and Cabernet Franc's finesse and freshness. This classic combination has worked so successfully in Bordeaux that it is now mirrored the world over, particularly in warm sunny climates such as the Languedoc, Tuscany, South Africa, Australia and Napa Valley.