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Château Haut-Brion Pessac-Léognan 1er Grand Cru Classé

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France

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(2006 Vintage) 5262208

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    WA100 Drink 2020-2085 What a blockbuster effort! Atypically powerful, one day, the 2009 Haut-Brion may be considered to be the 21st century version of the 1959. It is an extraordinarily complex, concentrated effort made from a blend of 46% Merlot, 40% Cabernet Sauvignon and 14% Cabernet Franc with the highest alcohol ever achieved at this estate, 14.3%. Even richer than the perfect 1989, with similar technical numbers although slightly higher extract and alcohol, it offers up a sensational perfume of subtle burning embers, unsmoked cigar tobacco, charcoal, black raspberries, wet gravel, plums, figs and blueberries. There is so much going on in the aromatics that one almost hesitates to stop smelling it. However, when it hits the palate, it is hardly a letdown. This unctuously textured, full-bodied 2009 possesses low acidity along with stunning extract and remarkable clarity for a wine with a pH close to 4.0. The good news is that there are 10,500 cases of the 2009, one of the most compelling examples of Haut-Brion ever made. It requires a decade of cellaring and should last a half century or more. Readers who have loved the complexity of Haut-Brion should be prepared for a bigger, richer, more massive wine, but one that does not lose any of its prodigious aromatic attractions.

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  • Wine Advocate
    (2002 Vintage) Rating: (87-89) - As reviewed in Wine Advocate # 149 on Oct-03
  • Robert Parker
    (2011 Vintage) Rating: 95/100 - As reviewed by Robert Parker on 04/21/2014
  • Wine Advocate
    (1987 Vintage) Rating: 87/100 - As reviewed in Wine Advocate # 88 on Aug-93
  • Robert Parker
    (1999 Vintage) "Deep plum, currant, and mineral notes emerge from the concentrated, beautifully balanced, pure 1999 Haut Brion. It seems to be cut from the same mold as years such as 1979 and 1985. There is a hint of graphite in the abundant fruit. The wine is medium to full-bodied, nuanced, subtle, deep, and provocatively elegant. It is made in a style that only Haut Brion appears capable of achieving. The finish is extremely long, the tannins sweet, and the overall impression one of delicacy interwoven with p...
  • Wine Advocate
    (1999 Vintage) Rating: 93/100 - As reviewed in Wine Advocate # 134 on Apr-01