2011 Haut Brion Bordeaux Blend

  • Bordeaux Blend
  • 3L
  • WS 96
  • WE 96
  • NM 96
  • JS 96
  • WA 95
  • IWC 94

Reviews for 2011 Haut Brion Bordeaux Blend

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.
WA 95
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, April 2014
The unbelievably superb 2011 Haut-Brion (a tiny production of 7,600 cases from a blend of 46% Cabernet Sauvignon, 35% Merlot, and 19% Cabernet Franc) exhibits a classic nose of subtle smoldering embers, warm rocks, black... The unbelievably superb 2011 Haut-Brion (a tiny production of 7,600 cases from a blend of 46% Cabernet Sauvignon, 35% Merlot, and 19% Cabernet Franc) exhibits a classic nose of subtle smoldering embers, warm rocks, black currants, new saddle leather, spice box and high quality, unsmoked cigar tobacco. The color is a dense ruby/purple to the edge, and the wine cuts a serious as well as broad swath across the palate. The most amazing aspect of this terroir is that the wine, despite all its power and richness, literally dances on the palate, as if it were a 90 pound ballerina. This brilliant 2011 should evolve quickly, hitting its prime in 7-8 years, and drink beautifully for 20-25 years. - Robert M. Parker, Jr.
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.
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.