2008 Haut Brion Bordeaux Blend
Bordeaux Blend - 750ML
  • WA 96
  • WE 96
  • NM 95
  • JS 94
  • IWC 93
  • WS 92

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Reg: $575.00

$495.00

In Stock: 0 btls
Ships Immediately

Pre-Arrival: 1 btls
ETA: Mar. 2019

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WA 96
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, May 2011
This is profound! 2008 Haut-Brion: The extraordinary 2008 Haut-Brion is a candidate for -wine of the vintage.- Composed of 50% Cabernet Sauvignon 41% Merlot and 9% Cabernet Franc it reveals more evolution and complexity... This is profound! 2008 Haut-Brion: The extraordinary 2008 Haut-Brion is a candidate for -wine of the vintage.- Composed of 50% Cabernet Sauvignon 41% Merlot and 9% Cabernet Franc it reveals more evolution and complexity in its large-scaled perfume. The dense purple color is followed by a sweet nose of creosote asphalt blueberries black currants and jammy raspberries sweet tannins a savory fleshy mouthfeel and a stunning finish. This incredibly pure noble wine was produced from one of the estate-s smallest crops (only 7000 cases produced versus the usual 12000 cases). It should drink well for three decades or more.
WE 96
Wine Enthusiast, April 2011
Dark dusty hugely structured Haut-Brion is a complex serious wine with grandeur. The wine has considerable weight its tannins striated through the black plum and damson skin fruits. For long-term aging. R.V.
NM 95
Neal Martin's Wine Journal, May 2012
95+ Tasted ex-chateau and single blind in Southwold. Tasted from two bottles, the Haut Brion 2008 has an austere, quite earthy bouquet with brambly red fruit, wild strawberry and cranberry, well-integrated new oak and... 95+ Tasted ex-chateau and single blind in Southwold. Tasted from two bottles, the Haut Brion 2008 has an austere, quite earthy bouquet with brambly red fruit, wild strawberry and cranberry, well-integrated new oak and palpable mineralite. The palate is medium-bodied with a succulent entry; fine acidity, very svelte tannins with judicious creamy new oak rounding off the seductive, yet muscular finish with a peacock’s tail of graphite and sous-bois on the aftertaste. Difficult to separate from La Mission at the moment, although I think this is the longer-term bet.
JS 94
jamessuckling.com, December 2010
What a finish here. It starts off slowly and then builds. Full bodied but in reserve with a sweet tobacco berry and light dark chocolate character. Bright acidity and a chewy finish. So classy. Production was tiny in... What a finish here. It starts off slowly and then builds. Full bodied but in reserve with a sweet tobacco berry and light dark chocolate character. Bright acidity and a chewy finish. So classy. Production was tiny in 2008. Try after 2014.
IWC 93
Stephen Tanzer's IWC, August 2011
Deep ruby. Sexy floral lift to the aromas of red fruits, iron, mocha and flowers. Concentrated and ripe yet silky on the attack, then strikingly deep in the middle, with lovely energy to the flavors of blueberry, cassis... Deep ruby. Sexy floral lift to the aromas of red fruits, iron, mocha and flowers. Concentrated and ripe yet silky on the attack, then strikingly deep in the middle, with lovely energy to the flavors of blueberry, cassis and graphite. This very rich, suave wine displays a fleshy mouthfeel and finishes very long and smoothly tannic. One of the my favorite wines of the vintage. 93+
WS 92
Wine Spectator, April 2011
This has racy acidity well-buried in the core of damson plum, cherry pit and red currant notes, all backed by fine-grained tannins and subtle sanguine and iron shadings. Tar and lilac hints chime in on the finish, where... This has racy acidity well-buried in the core of damson plum, cherry pit and red currant notes, all backed by fine-grained tannins and subtle sanguine and iron shadings. Tar and lilac hints chime in on the finish, where the appellation's typical tarry note shows some atypical polish. Impressive. Drink now through 2020. – JM
JJB 93
JJ Buckley, April 2009
41% Merlot; 50% Cabernet Sauvignon; 9% Cab FrancThe wine starts out with fresh wood and new oak.Flavors of bakers chocolate and coco powder.For a wine of such weight and depth it had a surprisingly short finish.
Color & Type Red
Varietal Bordeaux Blend
Country France
Region Bordeaux
Sub-region Pessac Leognan
Vintage 2008
Percent alcohol 14%
Closure Cork

Label

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.

Winery

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.