Haut Brion, La Mission Haut Brion et al

It’s no secret that we love the wines of Haut Brion. Jean-Philippe Delmas makes sensational wines, and his 2015s are right up there with his best, possibly even surpassing their epic 2009s and 2010s. Neal Martin is unequivocal in his praise. ‘Everything here is so precise, so pure and yet as it crescendos towards the finish, it offers a profundity that is unmatched across Bordeaux in this vintage. Having had the pleasure of many great wines from this estate in the past - 1945, 1955, 1959, 1961 and 1989 - the 2015 belongs among that pantheon’. James Suckling doesn’t mince his words either, he describes La Mission as ‘mindblowing’ - he’s a straight 100 points on this!

These are grand, impressive, and also hugely seductive wines. The La Mission is more flamboyant and inviting at the moment, whereas the Haut Brion is typically brooding and reserved, but evidently full of promise. It is also worth mentioning the dazzling whites; all vital, exuberant, mineral – the epitome of Pessac Leognan Blanc; and two exceptional second wines: Clarence de Haut Brion and La Chapelle de la Mission Haut Brion. We can never remember tasting such sophisticated and handsome examples – these have real grand vin character and vie with anything else in this high achieving commune.

Chateau Haut Brion: ‘The 2015 Haut Brion, a blend of 50% Merlot, 8% Cabernet Franc and 42% Cabernet Sauvignon, was picked between 8 September and 5 October, and is matured in the same level of new oak (78%) and IPT (75) as the La Mission. It has a heavenly bouquet that like the La Mission bestows instant gratification - a veritable kaleidoscope of aromas so crystalline that you can pick them out one by one: dark plum, blackcurrant, Kalamata olive and graphite. It is tempting to just nose this all day. The palate has an indescribably stunning balance and like the La Mission, there is a paradoxical sense of intensity married to weightlessness. Everything here is so precise, so pure and yet as it crescendos towards the finish, it offers a profundity that is unmatched across Bordeaux in this vintage. Having had the pleasure of many great wines from this estate in the past - 1945, 1955, 1959, 1961 and 1989 - the 2015 belongs among that pantheon. Drink 2030-2075. 98-100’. - Neal Martin, The Wine Advocate

La Mission Haut Brion: ‘The purity in this wine is really mindblowing. So perfect. Licorice. Stone. Blackberry, blueberry. Full body. The power is amazing. But then it finishes etheral (sic) and so agile and beautiful. I am lost for words. This will rank with the best ever from here including 1975 and 1929. 58% merlot, 35% cabernet sauvignon, and cabernet franc. 100/100’. - James Suckling, JamesSuckling.com, March 2016