2006 Haut Brion Bordeaux Blend
Bordeaux Blend - 1.5L

  • WA 96
  • WE 96
  • IWC 95
  • WS 94
  • W&S 93
  • NM 93

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WA 96
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, May 2016
Tasted at Bordeaux Index's annual 10-Year On tasting in London. The 2006 Château Haut-Brion has a more ostentatious bouquet than the comparatively reserved La Mission: quite feisty blackberry, briary, kirsch and red plum... Tasted at Bordeaux Index's annual 10-Year On tasting in London. The 2006 Château Haut-Brion has a more ostentatious bouquet than the comparatively reserved La Mission: quite feisty blackberry, briary, kirsch and red plum scents, hints of leather and sage tucked just underneath. This is a bouquet determined to make an impression! The palate is medium-bodied with supple tannin, well-judged acidity, a gentle build to a concentrated, earthy, truffle-tinged finish that lingers long in the mouth. This seems to have the upper-hand over the La Mission and probably has a longer future. A thoroughbred from Jean-Philippe Delmas and his team. - Neal Martin
WE 96
Wine Enthusiast - Wine Enthusiast, March 2009
A severe austere wine that doesn't show its richness easily. The tannins are tight and firm and they dominate. Underneath is ripe fruit the balance with tannins giving a foursquare solid character. The wine is complex... A severe austere wine that doesn't show its richness easily. The tannins are tight and firm and they dominate. Underneath is ripe fruit the balance with tannins giving a foursquare solid character. The wine is complex spice playing with the fruit some medicinal flavors and a definite stalky tight structure. It obviously needs long-term aging.
IWC 95
Stephen Tanzer's IWC - Stephen Tanzer's IWC, May 2009
Medium ruby-red. Inviting aromas of plum warm stones red licorice and menthol. Suave gentle and elegantly styled; distinctly sweeter and lusher today than the La Mission with even more mid-palate depth. Showing more red... Medium ruby-red. Inviting aromas of plum warm stones red licorice and menthol. Suave gentle and elegantly styled; distinctly sweeter and lusher today than the La Mission with even more mid-palate depth. Showing more red fruits today as well with pungent minerality giving the wine lift and juiciness. Finishes with suave but substantial building tannins. Last year this wine was showing its spine while La Mission was more opulent; in bottle it's the other way around
WS 94
Wine Spectator - Wine Spectator, March 2009
Offers subtle and complex aromas with violet cedar and blackberry. Full-bodied with ultrafine tannins and a very long finish. -JS
W&S 93
Wine & Spirits - Wine & Spirits, December 2009
Jean-Philippe Delmas's team at Domaine Clarence Dillon produced two excellent wines in 2006 from the neighboring properties of Haut-Brion and La Mission. Both share an aristocratic stature with Haut-Brion more immediately... Jean-Philippe Delmas's team at Domaine Clarence Dillon produced two excellent wines in 2006 from the neighboring properties of Haut-Brion and La Mission. Both share an aristocratic stature with Haut-Brion more immediately powerful and expressive in this vintage. As if the fruit mirrored the multicolored pebbles of the vineyard this touches off sensory impressions of fresh currants pomegranate cherry pits coriander black raspberry rhubarb and fennel all seeming to emanate from the same dark and mysterious place at the center of the wine. The texture is lean and taut with a tensile strength that carries the fruit past mouth-drying tannin through a mineral finish that lasts for minutes. There's nothing effusive about the wine; it's all reserved. Probably at its best between ten and 20 years from the vintage.
NM 93
Neal Martin's Wine Journal - Neal Martin's Wine Journal, July 2010
93+ Tasted blind at Southwold ’06 Bordeaux tasting. At this stage, the Haut Brion ’06 is a little disjointed on the nose: blackberry, cold black tea, autumn leaves in an October bonfire, a touch of damson and even a... 93+ Tasted blind at Southwold ’06 Bordeaux tasting. At this stage, the Haut Brion ’06 is a little disjointed on the nose: blackberry, cold black tea, autumn leaves in an October bonfire, a touch of damson and even a slither of marmalade. Good definition but needs time to meld. The palate is rounded and supple on the entry, saturated tannins, black cherries, damson, cassis, lower acidity, very caressing with a smooth cohesive, fleshy finish with beguiling weight and persistency.
JJB 93
Mike Supple - JJ Buckley, April 2007
Dark purple in the glass with a violet rim. On the nose there fruit aromas are very dark: black cherry blackberry and cassis accented by light vanilla and cinnamon. However there is a green herb aroma that denotes a lack... Dark purple in the glass with a violet rim. On the nose there fruit aromas are very dark: black cherry blackberry and cassis accented by light vanilla and cinnamon. However there is a green herb aroma that denotes a lack of complete ripeness in the fruit. New oak comes through on the front of the palate followed by sweet berry fruit. Not quite as full and lush on the mid-palate and the tannic structure stays more powerful than the fruit through the finish. Does have a nice spicy quality not present in many of the 2006 wines. Tasted twice with consistent notes. 41% Cabernet Sauvignon 57% Merlot 2% Cabernet Franc.
Color & Type Red
Varietal Bordeaux Blend
Country France
Region Bordeaux
Sub-region Pessac Leognan
Vintage 2006

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Haut-Brion’s grand vin is the embodiment of five centuries of tradition and plays a pivotal role in the worldwide history of wine. It is the oldest of the Bordeaux classed growths, the inventor of a new style of wine fashioned in the seventeenth century, and considered the world’s first luxury brand.

Typically more Merlot dominant than other Left Bank wines, the terroir of Haut-Brion is expressed through its empyreumatic bouquet (Havana cigars, chocolate, roasting, cedar wood, and so on). The attack is restrained, with precise yet exceedingly soft tannins. But the power of this wine is revealed in the surprising long mid-palate and even longer finish.

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Haut Brion

The oldest of Bordeaux’s five first growths and the only property outside the Medoc to be included in the 1855 Classification, Chateau Haut-Brion was founded by Jean de Pontac in 1533. The name derives from the Celtic word briga, meaning “hill” or “high place”, and refers to the gravelly elevated terrain situated between the Le Peuge and Le Serpent streams.

History shows that as early as 1660, Haut-Brion wines were already appreciated at royal tables as evidenced by the purchase of 169 bottles by King Charles II of England, noted in the royal cellar book. Among the wine’s admirers are the famous London diarist Samuel Pepys, and Thomas Jefferson, who had distinguished the wine’s quality long before the 1855 Classification.

Arnaud III de Pontac was responsible for building the estate’s international reputation and for creating a new style of wine that is the basis for all currently classified growths - an era which historians have described as a revolution in winemaking.

Chateau Haut-Brion was acquired by the American financier Clarence Dillon on May 13, 1935 and has been managed by the same family since. Much of the estate’s success is also credited to the Delmas family, who have worked the estate for three generations. Nearly five centuries after the creation of its vineyard and 350 years after the first published mention under its current name, Chateau Haut-Brion remains one of the finest wines in the world today.