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

This is a broad, full, brooding, structured wine, though not at all heavy and with a sense of a very understated character. There is an underlying immensity of concentration, intensity, and stature, which is discreet and subtle in manner. The nuanced detail even at this very early stage is incredible and hints at the wonders to come with age. The quality is sublime, faithful to the potential of this great terroir.

Critic score
100/100
Pricing
Bottle
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£782.60
Case, 6 Bottles
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£4,695.60
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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