Domaine Allary Haut Brion Pessac Léognan 2008

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Domaine Allary Haut-Brion (which used to be called Domaine de la Passion Haut-Brion) is a 1.5-hectare parcel of vines situated in the heart of First Growth Haut-Brion's vineyard. From 1954 to 1978, the property bottled under its own name, but for the past 30 years, the grapes have been going into Haut Brion wines under a cropshare agreement. Planted to 60% Cabernet Franc and 40% Cabernet Sauvignon, Allary Haut-Brion is owned by Dr. Michel Allary who decided once again produce a domaine wine at the property and 2008 is the first vintage under the new label. His daughter and grandson ensure a family-owned and managed future. Today the wine is made by celebrated Bordeaux consultant, Stéphane Derenoncourt, who is known for being somewhat modern in his approach, late harvesting and using a fair amount of new wood, to give the wines softer, sweeter tannins; but in other ways, this wine is very traditional. The new generation of Allarys work the gravel and sandy clay vineyard by hand or using horses. There are no tractors. Next year biodynamic viticulture will be introduced.
Category Red Wine
Country France
Region Bordeaux
Appellation Pessac-Leognan
Brand Domaine Allary Haut Brion
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Wine SpectatorBroad, with a fleshy edge to the mulled spice, warm currant preserves, charcoal and sage notes, all laced with pebbly tannins that extend through the lightly firm finish. This has character and depth. Drink now through 2016.

James Molesworth, 2011