2011 Haut Brion Bordeaux Blend
Bordeaux Blend - 1.5L
  • WS 96
  • WE 96
  • NM 96
  • JS 96
  • IWC 94
  • WA 94

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WS 96
Wine Spectator - Wine Spectator, April 2012
Manages to harness the angularity of the vintage extremely well almost burying the acidity in the core of cassis black cherry skin plum pit and maduro tobacco flavors. This is typically among the most backward wines of... Manages to harness the angularity of the vintage extremely well almost burying the acidity in the core of cassis black cherry skin plum pit and maduro tobacco flavors. This is typically among the most backward wines of the vintage when young and it's still tight and primal but with admirable length and density already. Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot and Cabernet Franc. Tasted non-blind.-J.M.
WE 96
Wine Enthusiast - Wine Enthusiast, May 2012
An impressively silky wine. Dry yet intensely fruity the palate shows big fruit smooth tannins and a perfumed character. - R.V.
NM 96
Neal Martin's Wine Journal - Neal Martin's Wine Journal, April 2012
The Haut Brion is a blend of 34.8% Merlot 18.9% Cabernet Franc and 46.3% Cabernet Sauvignon. The bouquet has a little more thrust than the La Mission with a little more opulence although perhaps not the same degree of... The Haut Brion is a blend of 34.8% Merlot 18.9% Cabernet Franc and 46.3% Cabernet Sauvignon. The bouquet has a little more thrust than the La Mission with a little more opulence although perhaps not the same degree of clarity and showing slightly more alcohol (but nothing to get concerned about.) It has good weight firm rigid tannins and a weightier framework than La Mission. It is concentrated and generous with very good focus a crescendo of flavours towards the finish and very good grip. A masterful Haut-Brion that is more voluminous than La Mission at present.
JS 96
James Suckling - jamessuckling.com, January 2014
Lots of subtle redcurrant and berry character, with flowers and sweet tobacco on the nose. Full body, super-integrated tannins and a light shaved-chocolate, berry and cedar character. A decadence and beauty to this that... Lots of subtle redcurrant and berry character, with flowers and sweet tobacco on the nose. Full body, super-integrated tannins and a light shaved-chocolate, berry and cedar character. A decadence and beauty to this that wakes you up. Better in 2018.
IWC 94
Stephen Tanzer's IWC - Stephen Tanzer's IWC, May 2012
Dark ruby-red. Big rich and creamy on entry then tighter and a bit austere in the middle showing pure cassis red berry and mineral flavors that carry through nicely on the rising finish. Very fine-grained Haut-Brion... Dark ruby-red. Big rich and creamy on entry then tighter and a bit austere in the middle showing pure cassis red berry and mineral flavors that carry through nicely on the rising finish. Very fine-grained Haut-Brion with a lingering cocoa nuance. Technical director Masclef noted that the team did shorter cuvaisons of about 15 days vs. a typical 21 and at slightly lower temperatures too. I think the high-quality cabernet franc here has helped this wine gain a measure of refinement that is not always there in vintages with higher proportions of merlot. Another potentially great Haut Brion more austere and less fleshy than recent efforts but very classic.
WA 94
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, March 2017
Tasted blind as a vintage comparison at the Valandraud vertical, the 2011 Haut Brion has always been an excellent Pessac-Léognan, though recent encounters suggest it does not have the potential of the 2012. It has a... Tasted blind as a vintage comparison at the Valandraud vertical, the 2011 Haut Brion has always been an excellent Pessac-Léognan, though recent encounters suggest it does not have the potential of the 2012. It has a gentle and caressing bouquet full of copious dark cherry and raspberry fruit, a touch of saddle leather and a seam of dark chocolate emanating from the oak regime, which needs more time to integrate (though it is not an Haut-Brion that is going to demand years and years in bottle). The palate is medium-bodied with fine tannin and feels gentle in the mouth. It is very well balanced, although perhaps the oak comes through too strongly on the finish, when frankly there is no need. Nevertheless, this is a classic Pessac-Léognan - maybe "mild mannered" and a little conservative compared to more ambitious recent vintages, yet there is no doubting its class and pedigree. Tasted December 2016. - Neal Martin
JJB 94
Cory Gowan - JJ Buckley, April 2012
34.8% merlot 18.9% cabernet franc and 46.3% cabernet sauvignon. The 2011 Haut-Brion is a nearly opaque red from core to rim. Features intensely pure aromas of cassis plum wood smoke iodine black tea and focused... 34.8% merlot 18.9% cabernet franc and 46.3% cabernet sauvignon. The 2011 Haut-Brion is a nearly opaque red from core to rim. Features intensely pure aromas of cassis plum wood smoke iodine black tea and focused minerality. This is soft and pure on entry multi-layered and concentrated with cool taut fruit giving it a slightly hollow mouthfeel at this young stage. Loads of fine tannins don't impart as much of a tarry element as in some other Pessac wines. Impressive in its purity this finishes with flavors of toasty oak and black tea. Enjoy 2020-2030.
Color & Type Red
Varietal Bordeaux Blend
Country France
Region Bordeaux
Sub-region Pessac Leognan
Vintage 2011

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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.