2010 Haut Brion Bordeaux Blend
Bordeaux Blend - 6L
  • WS 99
  • WA 98
  • NM 98
  • JL 98

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WS 99
Wine Spectator - Wine Spectator, March 2011
Sappy dense and packed with layers of kirsch melted licorice snap anise and black tea. Just as dense if not more so on the finish with extra tar violet and blackberry confiture. There's massive grip on the back end but... Sappy dense and packed with layers of kirsch melted licorice snap anise and black tea. Just as dense if not more so on the finish with extra tar violet and blackberry confiture. There's massive grip on the back end but this is velvety and caressing. Easily the most backward of the first-growths at this stage. Tasted non-blind. -J.M.
WA 98
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, May 2011
2010 Haut-Brion: Following a harvest that finished on October 10 Haut-Brion produced a 2010 that should turn out to be one of its all-time greats ... an amazing feat given what they have accomplished over recent vintages... 2010 Haut-Brion: Following a harvest that finished on October 10 Haut-Brion produced a 2010 that should turn out to be one of its all-time greats ... an amazing feat given what they have accomplished over recent vintages. A blend of 57% Cabernet Sauvignon 23% Merlot and the rest Cabernet Franc that came in at 14.6% alcohol the 2010 boasts an opaque purple color as well as a gorgeous perfume of scorched earth/burning embers blueberries black currant liqueur and crushed rocks. Full and opulent with nobility finesse purity and elegance this amazing effort possesses extraordinary levels of extract as well as formidable but sweet well-integrated tannins. It requires 8-10 years of cellaring and should drink well for 50+ years.
NM 98
Neal Martin's Wine Journal - Neal Martin's Wine Journal, April 2011
A blend of 23% Merlot 47% Cabernet Sauvignon and 20% Cabernet Franc this has a quintessential Haut-Brion nose with that trait of fresh black olives defining the nose straight out of the blocks. It is a little less opulent... A blend of 23% Merlot 47% Cabernet Sauvignon and 20% Cabernet Franc this has a quintessential Haut-Brion nose with that trait of fresh black olives defining the nose straight out of the blocks. It is a little less opulent than La Mission but with slightly better clarity at this stage. The palate displays very fine succulent tannins and like the La Mission there is a Pauillac-like personality thanks to the graphite imparted by the ripe Cabernet Sauvignon. Wonderful definition towards the finish. This is a superb Haut-Brion.
JL 98
Jeff Leve - TheWineCellarInsider.com, April 2011
Haut-Brion From a blend of 57% Cabernet Sauvignon 23% Merlot and 20% Cabernet Franc this unique blend is made from one of the highest concentrations of Cabernet Sauvignon in the history of the property. In 2010 the wine... Haut-Brion From a blend of 57% Cabernet Sauvignon 23% Merlot and 20% Cabernet Franc this unique blend is made from one of the highest concentrations of Cabernet Sauvignon in the history of the property. In 2010 the wine reached 14.6% alcohol with a pH of 3.63. This combination allows for more ripeness as well as greater freshness. The effective yields are lower in 2010. Only 42% of the crop was included in the Grand Vin. For those that like statistics 2009 Haut Brion is slightly lower in alcohol at 14.2 % alcohol with a pH of 3.9. . 2010 Chateau Haut Brion is deep ruby with a purple rim that shines in the glass. The wine is filled with smoke earth hot stones spice blackberry cassis and hints of licorice. Full bodied and concentrated with multiple layers of spicy fresh rich dark fruit and cassis flavors that fill your palate this elegant regal wine builds in the mouth. From the first touch on your palate it's difficult to imagine the incredible length found in this wine. I timed the finish twice to make sure I had not lost track of the time. I shook my watch to ensure it was running correctly. This incredible wine remains on your palate for close to 80 seconds! Balanced harmonious and regal this will be an amazing wine to experience at maturity.
JJB 97
Cory Gowan - JJ Buckley, April 2011
57% cabernet sauvignon 23% merlot and 20% cabernet franc. An interesting aside - 2010 is the first vintage in history where the larger bottles (anything above a magnum) - will also come in Haut-Brion's trademark sloping... 57% cabernet sauvignon 23% merlot and 20% cabernet franc. An interesting aside - 2010 is the first vintage in history where the larger bottles (anything above a magnum) - will also come in Haut-Brion's trademark sloping bottle. Tiny production this year of only around 8000 cases representing 42% of total wine made and a decrease of 30% from 2009. A very tight and elegant nose of black cherry strawberry and black tea emerges from within. On the palate it is rich and refreshing with a tamed ripeness that lasts for countless minutes. This is a stacked deep wine that will take some time to come out of its shell but will cellar well for 50+ years.
Color & Type Red
Varietal Bordeaux Blend
Country France
Region Bordeaux
Sub-region Pessac Leognan
Vintage 2010

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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.

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.