2016 Château Haut-Brion, 1er Cru Pessac-Léognan

Critic score
99/100
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Bottle
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2 available
£476.68

WINE DETAILS

  • Region & country
    Pessac-Léognan, Graves, Bordeaux, France
  • Grape
    56% Merlot
    37.5% Cabernet Sauvignon
    6.5% Cabernet Franc
  • Maturity
    Young 2026 - 2055
  • Colour
    Red
  • Sweetness
    Dry
  • Style
    Still
  • Unit Volume
    Bottle (75cl.)
  • Classification
    Premier Cru
2016 Château Haut-Brion, 1er Cru Pessac-Léognan

TASTING NOTES

The 2016 Haut Brion is a blend of 56% Merlot, 37.5% Cabernet Sauvignon and 6.5% Cabernet Franc that was picked between 19 September and 13 October. Jean-Philippe Delmas told me that this represents a touch more Merlot than last year's vintage. It clearly has a more powerful and intense bouquet compared to the La Mission Haut-Brion, although maybe not the same killer level of detail and delineation. The palate is beautifully balanced with arching tannins that insistently grip the mouth. There are layers of black fruit, minerals, sea salt and a touch of crushed violets. Unlike the 2015 Haut-Brion, this is more linear, stricter and you could argue more nimble on its toes. Yet maybe it does not quite have the same depth and labyrinthine complexity that made the 2015 such an astonishing wine. Nevertheless, this 2016 is not far behind and it will be fascinating to compare in the future.

Neal Martin, Wine Advocate (May 2017)
(97—99)/100

Even deeper colour than La Mission. Broad and spicy and very rich and a compote of warm bricks. (La Mission is more muscular and obviously tannic.) Firm and not over the top. Prances. Transparent and very much Haut-Brion.

Jancis Robinson MW, jancisrobinson.com (April 2017)
19/20

This is a monument for Haut-Brion and reminds me of the great 1998 but in a modern and bright style. Full-bodied, very tannic and superbly structured yet always agile and vivid. Its energy and dynamic nature grabs you by the shoulder and tells you it’s great. Staggeringly precise. It can’t get better than this, can it?

James Suckling, jamessuckling.com (April 2017)
100—100/100

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