2020 Château Larrivet Haut-Brion Rouge
Château Larrivet Haut-Brion from Graves-Pessac-Léognan is owned by the Gervoson family and today it is director Bruno Lemoine who takes the cru to the highest place in the appellation.
This wine is made from a combination of predominantly Cabernet Sauvignon grapes, supplemented with Merlot grapes. The vines have an average age of about 30 years and give the wine a pleasant amount of concentrate and strength. The harvest is done manually when the grapes have reached their perfect ripeness. The wine then matures partly (about one third) in new French oak barriques, partly (also one third) in barriques that have been used once before and partly (also one third) in barriques that have been used twice before. In the nose, this wine offers pronounced, soft notes of (over) ripe black fruit, a touch of leather and a smoky undertone with some light notes of licorice.
Opaque purple-black colored, the 2019 Larrivet Haut-Brion bursts out of the glass with deliciously fragrant scents of black raspberries, Morello cherries and wild blueberries with suggestions of blackcurrant pastilles, candied violets, chocolate mint and forest floor. The medium to full-bodied palate is packed with layers of red and black fruit, framed by firm, exquisitely ripe, velvety tannins and bold freshness, with a long and fragrant finish. The wine has received (92-94)+/100 points from Parker, who ends his assessment with: ".....Just stunning!"
This château, located directly opposite Ch. Haut Bailly is a very interesting terroir of very good quality. The prices of the wines remain favorable for the quality offered. It is owned by the Gervoson family and Bruno Lemoine is its director. Since 2015, they have a new cellar master, François Gaudichon, who is an oenologist and has gained experience in the Burgundy region (Vosne Romanée). Since then, the advice has come from Stéphane Derenoncourt (formerly Michel Rolland).
The history of Château Larrivet Haut-Brion goes back to 1840, the year in which the château was first mentioned among the first plantings of Pessac-Léognan. To this day, the château has become more and more famous. After several name changes from Château de Canolle, to La Rivette and Château Brion-Larrivet, the winery was renamed Château Haut-Brion Larrivet in 1874 by the then owner Ernest Laurent, a Bordeaux négotiant (officially recognized and authorized dealer in Bordeaux wines).
In 1893 the winery was sold again and then it came into the possession of Jacques Guillemaud in 1941 and acquired its present name: Château Larrivet Haut-Brion. Today it owns approximately 75 hectares of vineyards on mainly gravel subsoil with sand and clay. Château Larrivet Haut-Brion produces about 4500 liters of red wine per hectare and 4000 liters of white wine per hectare and plants 7700 vines per hectare. This is 2300 vines below average and this greatly benefits both the intensity and quality of the wine. Her red wines age on average for 14 to 18 months in different oak barrels and then another 10 to 11 months — depending on the vintage — in the cellars of the winery.
|Type of Wine
|Château Larrivet Haut-Brion
|Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot
|Drinking as of
|James Suckling rating
|Earthy, Dark fruit, Dry, Aged on wood, Mineral, Tannines
|Cadeau!, Met vrienden, Open haard