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

"As for the 2010 Haut-Brion, it does not have the power of Latour’s 2010 or the intense lead pencil shavings and chocolaty component of Lafite-Rothschild, but it is extraordinary, perfect wine. It has a slightly lower pH than the 2009 (3.7 versus the 2009's 3.8), and even higher alcohol than the 2009 (14.6%). The wine is ethereal. From its dense purple color to its incredibly subtle but striking aromatics that build incrementally, offering up a spectacular smorgasbord of aromas ranging from charcoal and camphor to black currant and blueberry liqueur and spring flowers, this wine’s finesse, elegant yet noble power and authority come through in a compelling fashion. It is full-bodied, but that’s only apparent in the aftertaste, as the wine seems to float across the palate with remarkable sweetness, harmony, and the integration of all its component parts – alcohol, tannin, acidity, wood, etc. This prodigious Haut-Brion is hard to compare to another vintage, at least right now, but it should have 50 to 75 years of aging potential. Anticipated maturity: 2022-2065+." 100 points, Robert Parker

Critic score
100/100
Pricing
Bottle
In stock
£782.68
Case, 6 Bottles
In stock
£4,696.08

WINE DETAILS

  • Region & country
    Pessac-Léognan, Graves, Bordeaux, France
  • Grape
    57% Cabernet Sauvignon
    23% Merlot
    20% Cabernet Franc
  • Maturity
    Young 2025 - 2040
  • Colour
    Red
  • Sweetness
    Dry
  • Style
    Still
  • Unit Volume
    Bottle (75cl.)
  • Classification
    Premier Cru
2010 Château Haut-Brion, 1er Cru Pessac-Léognan

TASTING NOTES

As for the 2010 Haut-Brion, it does not have the power of Latour’s 2010 or the intense lead pencil shavings and chocolaty component of Lafite-Rothschild, but it is extraordinary, perfect wine. It has a slightly lower pH than the 2009 (3.7 versus the 2009's 3.8), and even higher alcohol than the 2009 (14.6%). The wine is ethereal. From its dense purple color to its incredibly subtle but striking aromatics that build incrementally, offering up a spectacular smorgasbord of aromas ranging from charcoal and camphor to black currant and blueberry liqueur and spring flowers, this wine’s finesse, elegant yet noble power and authority come through in a compelling fashion. It is full-bodied, but that’s only apparent in the aftertaste, as the wine seems to float across the palate with remarkable sweetness, harmony, and the integration of all its component parts – alcohol, tannin, acidity, wood, etc. This prodigious Haut-Brion is hard to compare to another vintage, at least right now, but it should have 50 to 75 years of aging potential. Anticipated maturity: 2022-2065+.

Robert M. Parker, Jr.
100/100
Château Haut-Brion

Celebrated Haut-Brion is the oldest of the five First Growths and the only one to be found in Graves. The first of the original four first growths to be classified in 1855, it is one of the most illustrious names in Bordeaux, commanding a dedicated following and lofty prices. There is evidence that grapes have been grown here since Roman times and its wine was as loved 500 years ago as it is today. Mentions have been found in the 1660 cellar records of King Charles II, in the diaries of Samuel Pepys and, in 1787, praise was bestowed from Thomas Jefferson during his visit to Bordeaux.

The estate was divided up in 1694 when the last member of its owners, the Pontac family, died childless. Although it was reunited in 1840, it wasn’t until American banker Charles Dillon bought it in 1935 that Haut-Brion achieved stability and it remains with the Dillon family today. The 51 hectares of vineyards are planted with Merlot, which makes up the majority of the Grand Vin’s blend, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot. Haut-Brion also makes a white and nearly 3 hectares are devoted to Sauvignon Blanc and Sémillon.

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