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2010 Ch. Haut-Brion, Pessac-Léognan

Ch. Haut-Brion, Pessac-Leognan
This monolithic Haut-Brion has a higher percentage of Cabernet Sauvignon (57%) and yet retains a wonderful elegance.  A cigar-box nose leads into such complexity on the palate where balance is the key.  Despite the enormous indices of tannins and acidity, it has a glorious freshness.  It was more closed than La Mission, as Haut-Brion often is, and promises to be truly great.
(23% Merlot, 57% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Cabernet Franc)
(Nick Pegna, Berry Bros. & Rudd)Château Haut-Brion


BBR Decanter Jancis Parker Tim Atkin Wine Spectator
18.5/20 19.5/20 18+/20 100/100 99 96 - 99/100
Ch. Haut-Brion, Pessac-Leognan
The driest summer at Haut-­Brion since 1949 made life difficult for the young Merlot vines, but helped the Cabernet to achieve unprecedented ripeness. According to Jean-­Philippe Delmas, the grand vin has the highest levels of tannin, alcohol and colour ever recorded. The result is brilliant: powerful, dense and voluptuous with plenty of plum, cassis and black cherry fruit to wrap around the wine’s core of tannin and acidity. A mere whisker away from perfection and a legendary Haut-­Brion in embryo.
(Tim Atkin MW, www.timatkin.com, May 2011)

BBR Decanter Jancis Parker Tim Atkin Wine Spectator
18.5/20 19.5/20 18+/20 100/100 99 96 - 99/100
Ch. Haut-Brion, Pessac-Leognan
Chateau Haut-Brion, offers stunning aromas of beautifully concentrated red fruits, already expressive, even exuberant, a taffeta-like finesse hides great strength for the long term.
(Steven Spurrier – Decanter – Apr 2011)


BBR Decanter Jancis Parker Tim Atkin Wine Spectator
18.5/20 19.5/20 18+/20 100/100 99 96 - 99/100
Ch. Haut-Brion, Pessac-Leognan
Full, opulent nose in which the classic Haut-Brion wine aroma is well masked by lots of slightly austere fruit. Very fine tannins – very drying finish. An extremely slow burner. Much drier than La Mission, and at the moment not desperately expressive. Its lips are pursed at the moment, and so are mine tasting it. Unusual to come across such a long-term wine even here.

This may not make a massive impact en primeur because it is keeping so much in reserve. I think it will eventually make a great wine but it’s surly at the moment. 23% Merlot, 57% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Cabernet Franc. 7,800 cases, not 10,000+ as in 2009. 42% grand vin (compared with 57% in 2009).
(Jancis Robinson MW- jancis robinson.com 11 Apr 2011)

BBR Decanter Jancis Parker Tim Atkin Wine Spectator
18.5/20 19.5/20 18+/20 100/100 99 96 - 99/100
Ch. Haut-Brion, Pessac-Leognan
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.
(100 Robert Parker- Wine Advocate- Feb 2013)

Following a harvest that finished on October 10, Haut-Brion produced a 2010 that should turn out to be one of its all-time greats ... an amazing feat given what they have accomplished over recent vintages. A blend of 57% Cabernet Sauvignon, 23% Merlot and the rest Cabernet Franc that came in at 14.6% alcohol, the 2010 boasts an opaque purple color as well as a gorgeous perfume of scorched earth/burning embers, blueberries, black currant liqueur and crushed rocks. Full and opulent with nobility, finesse, purity and elegance, this amazing effort possesses extraordinary levels of extract as well as formidable, but sweet, well-integrated tannins. It requires 8-10 years of cellaring and should drink well for 50+ years.
(98-100 Robert Parker- Wine Advocate- May 2011)

BBR Decanter Jancis Parker Tim Atkin Wine Spectator
18.5/20 19.5/20 18+/20 100/100 99 96 - 99/100
Ch. Haut-Brion, Pessac-Leognan
The Château Haut-Brion Pessac-Léognan 2010 is made from a blend of 57 percent Cabernet Sauvignon, 23 percent Merlot and 20 percent Cabernet Franc—one of the lowest levels of Merlot and one of the highest percentages of Cabernet Franc for the grand vin. It’s sappy, dense and packed, with layers of kirsch, melted licorice snap, anise and black tea. And it’s just as dense, if not more so, on the finish, with extra tar, violet and blackberry confiture. There’s really massive grip on the back end, but it’s velvety and caressing.
(James Molesworth, The Wine Spectator - Tasting at Haut Brion - 29 Mar 2011)

BBR Decanter Jancis Parker Tim Atkin Wine Spectator
18.5/20 19.5/20 18+/20 100/100 99 96 - 99/100
Ch. Haut-Brion, Pessac-Leognan
Product: 7721
Maturity: Drink 2022-2065+ (For laying down)
Vintage: 2010
Origin: France » Bordeaux » Pessac-Léognan Map of the region
Grape Variety: Cab.Sauvignon Blend
Style: Medium-Full Bodied, Dry, 15% alcohol
Closure Type: Cork
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BBR Decanter Jancis Parker Tim Atkin Wine Spectator
18.5/20 19.5/20 18+/20 100/100 99 96 - 99/100
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