2018 Château Larrivet Haut-Brion Rouge, Pessac-Léognan

The 2018 Larrivet Haut-Brion is a beautiful wine. There's lovely richness here, as well as an effortless tension and purity. Notes of baked earth, iodine, and wild flowers mix with a core of dark fruit, which the finish is chocolate-laced, and very long. This is a brilliantly priced Pessac-Léognan, from an estate on the up.

Critic score
92.5/100
Pricing
Bottle
En primeur
In stock
£33.88
Case, 12 Bottles
En primeur
In stock
£406.56

WINE DETAILS

  • Region & country
    Pessac-Léognan, Graves, Bordeaux, France
  • Grape
    56% Cabernet Sauvignon
    28% Merlot
    16% Cabernet Franc
  • Maturity
    Young 2024 - 2042
  • Colour
    Red
  • Sweetness
    Dry
  • Style
    Still
  • Unit Volume
    Bottle (75cl.)
  • ABV
    14%
2018 Château Larrivet Haut-Brion Rouge, Pessac-Léognan

TASTING NOTES

Deep garnet-purple colored, the 2018 Larrivet Haut-Brion offers up notes of baked plums, stewed cherries and warm cassis with hints of wilted roses, bouquet garni and raisin cake. Medium-bodied with a good amount of spicy baked berries flavors, the palate has a clever structure of soft tannins and lovely freshness, finishing with an herbal lift.

Lisa Perrotti-Brown MW, Wine Advocate (April 2019)
(91—93)/100

This property is located right next to Haut Bailly, and has produced a wine that you would definitely be happy to own - it's one of their best. Bruno le Moine is technical director. It's a nicely balanced wine with good fruit extract and a succulent impact on the attack, managing to avoid any sense of being over the top. It has very good quality blackberry and slate notes, with hidden power.

Jane Anson, Decanter (April 2019)
(93)/100

A dense and very deep white with sliced-apple and dried-mango character. Full and layered. Lovely brightness, too. White truffle. Crazy.

James Suckling, jamessuckling.com (April 2019)
(94—95)/100

A bold, powerful wine, the 2018 Larrivet Haut-Brion speaks with real authority. Smoke, dried flowers, raspberry jam and mint infuse the 2018 with tons of pungent flavor intensity and Cabernet character. Muscular tannins give the wine drive and energy through to the finish. There is so much to admire. The blend is 50% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Cabernet Franc and 30% Merlot. Tasted two times.

Antonio Galloni, vinous.com (April 2019)
(89—92)/100