2009 Haut Brion Bordeaux Blend
Bordeaux Blend - 750ML
  • WA 100
  • JS 100
  • WS 98
  • IWC 97
  • WE 96

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In Stock: 0 btls
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Pre-Arrival: 12 btls
ETA: Dec. 2017

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WA 100
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, February 2012
What a blockbuster effort! Atypically powerful one day the 2009 Haut-Brion may be considered to be the 21st century version of the 1959. It is an extraordinarily complex concentrated effort made from a blend of 46% Merlot... What a blockbuster effort! Atypically powerful one day the 2009 Haut-Brion may be considered to be the 21st century version of the 1959. It is an extraordinarily complex concentrated effort made from a blend of 46% Merlot 40% Cabernet Sauvignon and 14% Cabernet Franc with the highest alcohol ever achieved at this estate 14.3%. Even richer than the perfect 1989 with similar technical numbers although slightly higher extract and alcohol it offers up a sensational perfume of subtle burning embers unsmoked cigar tobacco charcoal black raspberries wet gravel plums figs and blueberries. There is so much going on in the aromatics that one almost hesitates to stop smelling it. However when it hits the palate it is hardly a letdown. This unctuously textured full-bodied 2009 possesses low acidity along with stunning extract and remarkable clarity for a wine with a pH close to 4.0. The good news is that there are 10500 cases of the 2009 one of the most compelling examples of Haut-Brion ever made. It requires a decade of cellaring and should last a half century or more. Readers who have loved the complexity of Haut-Brion should be prepared for a bigger richer more massive wine but one that does not lose any of its prodigious aromatic attractions.
JS 100
jamessuckling.com, February 2012
Aromas of forest floor currants and blueberries with hints of fresh tobacco and sliced mushrooms. Turns to orange peel and blueberries. Full-bodied with incredible structure. This is so powerful in tannins yet so... Aromas of forest floor currants and blueberries with hints of fresh tobacco and sliced mushrooms. Turns to orange peel and blueberries. Full-bodied with incredible structure. This is so powerful in tannins yet so polished. This is the most structured Haut-Brion that I have ever tasted. This has 15% Cabernet Franc which is more than normal and perhaps giving the wine a little more tannic structure. A monumental Haut-Brion made to age for centuries. I have never tasted a young Haut-Brion with such spellbinding power and depth. A modern 1945 or 1961 HB? Better than the legendary 1989? Try in 2021.
WS 98
Wine Spectator, March 2012
This enormous young wine is among the most backward of the vintage at this early stage with iron-clad grip holding the broad deep core of blackberry cassis and roasted fig notes in check for now. The finish is a torrent... This enormous young wine is among the most backward of the vintage at this early stage with iron-clad grip holding the broad deep core of blackberry cassis and roasted fig notes in check for now. The finish is a torrent of dense almost compressed layers of tobacco leaf hot paving stone singed bay leaf and tar that will take at least a decade to massage together fully. This one is for the kids born in 2009. Best from 2020 through 2040. 10500 cases made. -JM
IWC 97
Stephen Tanzer's IWC, July 2012
Vivid deep ruby. Knockout fruity nose offers blackcurrant strawberry rosemary truffle and a stony note. Then very closed in the middle with cabernet sauvignon-dominated flavors of cassis cigar box cedar and minerals. ... Vivid deep ruby. Knockout fruity nose offers blackcurrant strawberry rosemary truffle and a stony note. Then very closed in the middle with cabernet sauvignon-dominated flavors of cassis cigar box cedar and minerals. Finishes long and deep with massive but smooth tannins and a lingering note of violet. This will need plenty of time in the cellar but should be an outstanding memorable Haut Brion. Offhand I do not recall a better pair of wines from any estate in 2009: millionaires will have a lot of fun trying to choose between La Mission and Haut Brion in 20 years' time.
WE 96
Wine Enthusiast, February 2012
Solid very structured packed with dense and dry tannins. There is a core of acidity and darkness that gives the wine a brooding powerful character. At this stage it seems austere although it does have the weight of fruit... Solid very structured packed with dense and dry tannins. There is a core of acidity and darkness that gives the wine a brooding powerful character. At this stage it seems austere although it does have the weight of fruit typical of the year. R.V.
JJB 97
JJ Buckley, March 2010
46% Merlot 40% Cabernet Sauvignon 14% Cabernet Franc. 14.3% alcohol the highest on record for this chateau surpassing the 14% from 2005. This wine is elegance incarnate. Floral aromas of roses and lilacs mix with notes... 46% Merlot 40% Cabernet Sauvignon 14% Cabernet Franc. 14.3% alcohol the highest on record for this chateau surpassing the 14% from 2005. This wine is elegance incarnate. Floral aromas of roses and lilacs mix with notes of bing cherry crushed raspberry and summer plum with just a hint of pencil shavings and cigar box to darken the overall nose. The tannins are prominent but do not overwhelm the fruit on the palate which fills the mouth like liquid velvet. The tannins provide what felt like minutes of complexity on the long creamy finish.
Color & Type Red
Varietal Bordeaux Blend
Country France
Region Bordeaux
Sub-region Pessac Leognan
Vintage 2009

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.