Château Haut Brion, 1er Cru Classé, Pessac Léognan, 2014

  Château Haut-Brion

Château Haut Brion, 1er Cru Classé, Pessac Léognan

Haut Brion is arguably the most consistent and best performing member of the Firth Growth club. At blind tastings is often comes up trumps. The 2014 is produced from 50% Merlot, 11% Cabernet Franc and 39% Cabernet Sauvignon. There is a tell-tale bouquet of stony minerals, flowers, a hint of smoke and cèpe. This is a deep and elemental Haut Brion with classic stoney notes evident from all angles. Initially there is an abundance of glossy liqueur fruit and sweet boysenberries, but the core is serious and complex and speaks more of minerals and earth than of decadent fruit. There is possibly an extra gear to the Haut Brion this year; if and we expect it to flesh out a little during elevage, this will be absolutely fantastic. We love the poise and control here. The team at Haut Brion noted that veraisons (changing of skin colour) took longer than usual. They also undertook two green harvests (nettayage) to eliminate backward bunches. A spellbinding and serious Haut Brion.

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.