Château-Haut-Brion Pessac Leognan 2015

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In 1533, Jean de Pontac bought the title to the domaine of Haut-Brion, giving birth to a wine estate whose illustrious heritage would be preserved over the centuries by four families. Today it is the Dillon family, led by the great-grandson of American Clarence Dillon, who continue to maintain the crown jewel status of this legendary first-growth Bordeaux estate. The ancient gravel soils of the vineyard consist of small stones, including various kinds of quartz, these precious gems giving life and complexity to this great wine. Haut-Brion was named a First-Growth in the historic 1855 classification and remains one of the greatest, most ageworthy wines in the world.

Robert Parker makes a point to say in his 4th edition of his book, Bordeaux, "After more than 30 years of intensely tasting Bordeaux, I have a greater and greater affection for Haut-Brion, its character increasingly appealing to me as I have gotten older and wiser..." Haut Brion was the first recorded First Growth to be imported to the United States, when Thomas Jefferson purchased six cases during his French travels and sent them to his estate in Virginia. Unlike the other 4 First Growths which are planted to 70-80% Cabernet Sauvignon, Haut Brion has less than 50% Cabernet in the blend, with up to 40% Merlot, which explains why it is usually not as 'big' as its First Growth peers, but eminently more aromatic.
Category Red Wine
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Country France
Region Bordeaux
Appellation Pessac-Leognan
Brand Château-Haut-Brion
  • jd100

Jeb DunnuckThe 2015 Haut Brion is a perfect wine that couldn’t be any better and is certainly at the top of this great vintage. A blend of 50% Merlot, 42% Cabernet Sauvignon, and the balance Cabernet Franc, this full-bodied, concentrated, backward, yet sensationally pure 2015 boast knockout notes of blackcurrants, smoked tobacco, ground herbs, and graphite, with a terrific damp earth/minerality quality emerging with time in the glass. Straight, focused, and built like a skyscraper, with a stacked mid-palate, forget bottles for 7-8 years and enjoy over the following three to four decades.

  • wa100

Wine AdvocateA blend of 50% Merlot, 8% Cabernet Franc and 42% Cabernet Sauvignon, the medium to deep garnet-purple colored 2015 Haut-Brion is reticent to begin, languidly revealing crushed black cherries, ripe black plums and wild blueberries with sparks of cinnamon stick, cloves, nutmeg, espresso, unsmoked cigars, tapenade, crushed rocks and lavender. The full-bodied palate possesses wonderfully complementary contrasts of bold black and blue fruit richness and delicately nuanced cherry fruit, baking spices and floral accents, strutting ripe, finely pixelated tannins and seamless acidity that is placed firmly in the background, finishing very long and with plenty of attitude. This impeccably poised, exquisitely perfumed 2015 Haut-Brion possesses the most alluring yet seemingly effortless beauty. While it bears only a passing resemblance in its opulent personality to the now legendary 1989, like that vintage the 2015 cannot fail to hedonically satiate and intellectually edify all lovers of great Bordeaux who drink it. What's more, it also has the blue-blooded tenaciousness to remain this jaw-droppingly impressive, throughout its many guises over time, and for a very, very long time.

Lisa Perrotti-Brown, February 21, 2018
  • ws98

Wine SpectatorDesignation Collectibles. A brick house of a wine, loaded with roasted fig, warmed currant compote and plum reduction flavors that are as broad as they are deep, carried by warm tar, ganache and smoldering bay leaf and charcoal notes. A swath of tobacco through the finish pulls everything together and ties it up with a bow of roasted mesquite. The core shows lean, muscular strength in spades. Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc. Best from 2025 through 2045. 11,250 cases made.

James Molesworth, March 31, 2018
  • js98

James SucklingA structured and powerful Haut-Brion with so much finesse and beauty. Complex and long. It's full and ultra-refined. Super length and polish. A formed and sexy Haut Brion.

  • we97

Wine EnthusiastCellar Selection. Direct and concentrated, this wine is powered by tannins and a firm texture. Dense, it has the potential for plenty of fruit as it matures. That will take time, because this impressive wine is powered by its structure. Wait until 2028.

Roger Voss, April 1, 2018

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