Château Haut-Brion

Château Haut-Brion 2012

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Merlot ,Cabernet Sauvignon
Château Haut-Brion
France > Bordeaux > Pessac-Leognan

98/100 - The 2012 Haut Brion (65% Merlot, 33% Cabernet Sauvignon, 2% Cabernet Franc) is certainly one of the candidates for the wine of the vintage, with a dense purple color, classic nose of crushed rock, lead pencil shavings, black raspberry, blueberry and flowers. The wine shows subtle barbecue smoke notes in the background, but is full-bodied, stunningly concentrated and builds incrementally, yet finishes with luxurious, almost extravagant amounts of fruit and intensity. From only 46% of the production, this is an absolutely remarkable effort from the Dillon family and their winemaking team of the two Jean-Philippes. Drink it over the next 30-40 years. Drink 2015-2055. - Robert Parker, Wine Advocate 

95/100 - The 2012 Haut-Brion is beginning to flex its muscles. The bouquet is perhaps one of the most backward of the five First Growths, the Merlot firmly in the driving seat. Blackcurrant mixes with pitted black olives and cedar, and light sous-bois scents percolate through with time. The palate is medium-bodied with lithe tannins, very good weight, plummy and lightly spiced with plenty of weight on the slightly meaty finish. This is an excellent Haut-Brion, but it needs bottle age. Tasted blind in Bordeaux. - Neal Martin, Vinous 

18.5/20 - Much less aromatic than La Mission. Dense and dark. Rich and sumptuous. Some spiciness. Very broad and rich. Very grand. And easy to see where it comes from and how it will proceed. Very pure. Much more forward than La Mission. Zesty but with grandeur and great persistence. - Jancis Robinson MW

93/100 - If it is a bit unyielding now, there is a a solid, dense core that suggests that this will have a few more years at least at this level. Merlot dominates the blend at 51% of the total, and the wine is aged in 71% new casks before bottling in June of 2004. Better than expected for a year marked by rain and cool weather during the growing season. Fine weather during the arrière-saison helped finish the ripening, but the wine remains firm and tannic. - Charles Curtis MW, Decanter

95-96/100 - This is fabulous for the vintage with a super long finish of ultra-fine tannins. Full and racy with a wonderful texture. This is the most Merlot ever in Haut-Brion. Rich too. One of the wines of the vintage. 65.5% Merlot, 32.5% Cabernet Sauvignon, and 2% Cabernet Franc. - James Suckling 


Try pairing with beef wellington.

The only one of the five first growths outside of the Médoc, Château Haut-Brion lies in the Pessac-Léognan region slightly further south, and is surrounded by the suburbs of Pessac. The urban, rather than rural location is somewhat rare for a property of this status (though research shows this results in higher temperatures, which aid vine growth) and accounts for its smaller size, though there are still 51 hectares under vine.

Haut-Brion is one of the oldest wine estates in Bordeaux, and probably the first to make wine under its own name, with winemaking underway around 100 years before its first growth peers. It has only been owned by four major families, each of which made its own impact and contributed to the property’s high repute.
SKU: 01A12HB12
Bottle Size: 75CL
ABV: 15.0%
Vintage: 2012

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