15 Jan Château Haut Brion
Château Haut Brion is one of the lucky estates to be part of the iconic 1855 classification. Château Haut Brion is the first Grand Cru Classé of Pessac-Léognan. A prestigious rank that makes proud the whole region. The emblematic Château is located in the Graves region, in the commune of Pessac to be more precise.
The wines produced at Haut-Brion are among the most sought-after. The constant quality and finesse of every vintage gives the Château a legendary reputation.
The specificities of this estate come from its soil which is composed of gravel in surface and a clayey-sandy subsoil.
The decor is set, so let the magic begins.
The sensations perceived from the terroir, the fruit and the maturation prove fantastic know-how based on the respect and need of each vintage.
Very lucky to discover the Château through the 1982 vintage, here are the tasting notes.
The weather conditions came close to perfection. Ripe grapes allowed the production of rich, balanced and complex wines. It is a grandiose Bordeaux’s vintage.
After gently decanting the wine by candlelight, the wait lasted 4 hours before being able to taste it.
The wine is dark with tile colours touches. The colour makes you feel that the wine has yet a great ageing potential. Witnessing an evolution, two paths are meeting making this wine a young and bold adult.
Powerful and aromatic, the nose opens up perfectly. After two to three hours of opening, the olfactory sense is overwhelmed by fresh fruit, blackcurrant, blackberry, black cherry and plum. Light woody and spicy notes such as pepper and cinnamon are also displayed. Finally, leather and tobacco touches are present.
A volume and a frank expression but also roundness. A perfect balance between freshness, fruit notes and evolving aromas.
The palate reveals blackcurrant, fresh mint, cedar evolving on leather and some game notes in the middle of the mouth. Ripe fruits, even jammy ones, appear at the end of the mouth, such as cherry and plum. The tannins are polished by time, but the fine grain gives the wine structure.
Usually, the finish partially determines the quality of the wine. Here it is endless, deep and fine on the aromas.
This wine is a rare gem.