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Château Haut Brion, 1er Cru Classé, Pessac Léognan, 2021


Colour: Red
Producer: Château Haut-Brion
Region: Bordeaux
Appellation: Pessac Léognan
Grape Variety: Cab Sauvignon Merlot

Château Haut Brion, 1er Cru Classé, Pessac Léognan, 2021

Tasting Note:

We still haven't tasted the Clarence Dillon 2019s and 2020s. They were one of the few estates not to send samples during lockdown. How we've missed their wines. The 2021 range is superb both for reds and whites, with La Mission and Haut Brion amongst our favourite wines of the vintage. Quite introspective but totally alluring. With aeration notes of violets and pure seductive fruits emerge; taut and zesty on the palate then a complex stoniness that's quite strict in a classy way. Very fine, detailed fruit with a touch of blood orange peel, then some density on the palate, dark gravelly cassis with cranberry. The tannins are superb. Wonderful line and energy. All control and composure, nothing exuberant, this is strict and correct, athletic and virile. Relatively impenetrable at this stage, but clearly has a wonderful future ahead. Excellent. 50.3% Merlot, 38% Cabernet Sauvignon, 11.7% Cabernet Franc, 73% new oak.

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