2020 Château Haut Brion
Of all Bordeaux's premier crus, Haut-Brion is the greatest charmer, always elegant and refined and always in top condition, young or old. Haute Brion is the oldest and historically the most colorful winery in the Gironde - the first Bordeaux was made from a single vineyard in the 17th century, first served in London coffee houses and praised by many leading writers. In 1935, the winery was bought by Clarence Dillon, an American banker. He invested large sums in the renovation of the chai and the vineyard. In 1960 Haut-Brion became the first premier cru where the wooden barrels were replaced by stainless steel tanks. In 1983, the Dillon family purchased the adjacent Château la Mission Haut-Brion. Haut-Brion is almost always the fastest maturing and most accessible of the premier crus, but that relaxed, young charm is deceptive, because the wine matures beautifully. The Haut Brion is powerful, full and creamy with a breathtaking plump luxury of blackcurrant, smokey oak and tobacco. Lushly soft, complex and long.
The Haut-Brion 2020 is a blend of 42.8% Merlot, 39.7% Cabernet Sauvignon and 17.5% Cabernet Franc. Deep purple-black is the Haut Brion in the glass. In his early years and restrained in the first minutes, wave after wave of exotic spices such as cardamom, cassis, star anise which turns into a sumptuous aroma of roses, chocolate pastries, warm cassis and raspberries with nuances of cedar wood, pebbles, truffles, wet dark forest floor. The full flavor is really profound, with understated black fruit and spice layers slowly giving mineral notes and savory suggestions in a great package of firm, super fine grained tannins and a wonderful freshness that ends great. Suckling labels this 2020 Haut Brion as: " Wine of the vintage " Parker writes in his review of the aftertaste: "Simply stunning."
99-100/100 Parker & 100100 Suckling
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Château Haut-Brion is located in the French municipality of Pessac, a few kilometers southwest of the city of Bordeaux. Haut-Brion is the oldest and historically the most colorful Gironde winery - it was here that the first Bordeaux was made from a single vineyard in the 17th century, first donated in London coffee houses and praised by many leading writers. In 1935, the winery was bought by Clarence Dillon, an American banker. He invested large sums in the renovation of the chai and the vineyard. In 1960, Haut-Brion became the first premier cru, replacing the wooden barrels with stainless steel tanks. In 1983, the Dillon family bought the adjacent Château la Mission Haut-Brion.
The vineyard covers an area of 51 hectares of which just over 48 hectares are planted with red grape varieties (Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot) and just under 3 hectares are dedicated to white grape varieties (Sémillon and Sauvignon Blanc).
|Type of Wine
|Château Haut Brion
|Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Petit Verdot
|Drinking as of
|James Suckling rating
|Earthy, Complex, Dark fruit, Dry, Aged on wood, Powerful, Mineral, Tannines
|Indruk maken, Lekker luxe, Open haard