2020 Haut Brion Bordeaux Blend

Bordeaux Blend - 750ML
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JS 100 JD 100 JL 100 WA 99 TWI 99 WE 98 DC 97 JA 96 VN 96
JS 100

jamessuckling.com, May 2021

This is a superb Haut-Brion with incredible tannins that are wonderfully fine-grained. It’s really powerful. This is very primary with so much grape-generated tannin structure. Very, very long, going on for minutes...
JD 100

jebdunnuck.com, March 2023

I finished my trip through Bordeaux with the 2020 Château Haut-Brion, and it was certainly a fitting cap to the trip. Revealing a deep ruby/plum hue, the 2020 exhibits extraordinary aromatics of ripe black fruits...
JL 100

TheWineCellarInsider.com, May 2021

(98-100 points) Dark, ruby, garnet in color, the wine exudes cedar, cigar box, tobacco leaf, smoke, roasted cherries, herbs, spice box and forest floor scents. What is amazing here is the incredible level of density...
WA 99

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, April 2023

The 2020 Haut-Brion is more aromatically demonstrative than La Mission Haut-Brion, bursting with aromas of blackberries and raspberries mingled with licorice, cigar wrapper, pencil shavings and nicely integrated new oak...
TWI 99

The Wine Independent, March 2023

The 2020 Haut Brion is a blend of 42.8% Merlot, 39.7% Cabernet Sauvignon and 17.5% Cabernet Franc, with a pH of 3.78. Deep garnet-purple in color, it opens with profound blackcurrant cordial, baked plums, and boysenberry...
WE 98

Wine Enthusiast,

96–98. Barrel Sample. Tightly textured, this is a wine whose future is assured. With intense white fruits, spice and touches of toast from the wood aging, the wine's concentration and taut character combine richness and...
DC 97

Decanter, January 2023

Concentrated and persistent. This remains quite tight overall with clear power, push and generosity of ripe blackcurrants, fragrant black cherries, blueberries, liquorice, cocoa powder, clove and wet stone. The acidity...
JA 96

janeanson.com, December 2022

Where usually Haut-Brion feels rooted in the Left Bank, this is almost Pomerol in its fleshy fruits. Strikingly powerful layers of plum, damson, cocoa, crushed rocks, bitter black chocolate. Easy to see the brilliance of...
VN 96

Vinous, February 2023

The 2020 Haut-Brion has a smorgasbord of red and black fruit on the nose, Indian ink and pressed violets, touches of undergrowth (morels?) emerging with time in the glass. There is just a note of reduction here. The...


Color & Type Red
Varietal Bordeaux Blend
Country France
Region Bordeaux
Sub-region Pessac Leognan
Vintage 2020
Size 750ML
Percent alcohol 15%
Closure Cork

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.

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.

The 2020 Haut Brion is a truly exceptional wine that exemplifies the elegance and complexity of Bordeaux blends. With its deep ruby color and impeccable structure, this wine is a testament to the artistry and skill of the renowned producer, Haut Brion.

On the nose, the wine is incredibly aromatic, revealing a symphony of blackberries and raspberries intertwined with notes of licorice, cigar wrapper, and pencil shavings. The integration of new oak adds a subtle touch of vanilla and spice, enhancing the overall bouquet.

As you take your first sip, the wine envelopes your palate with its full-bodied and fleshy texture. The core of fruit is rich and layered, supported by velvety tannins that lend a sense of refinement and balance. Despite its high alcohol content of 15.0%, the wine maintains a harmonious profile, with no discernible heat.

Renowned wine critic Robert Parker's Wine Advocate awarded this wine an impressive score of 99 points, praising its granular tannic profile and classically structured profile. James Suckling, another esteemed critic, bestowed a perfect score of 100 points, emphasizing the wine's incredible tannin structure and remarkable length.

The 2020 Haut Brion is a wine that promises to evolve gracefully over the next four to five decades. Its blend of 42.8% Merlot, 39.7% Cabernet Sauvignon, and 17.5% Cabernet Franc showcases the best of Bordeaux's varietals, creating a wine of exceptional depth and complexity.

This wine is a true legend in the making, with critics and enthusiasts alike hailing it as one of the finest expressions of Haut Brion. It is a wine that demands attention and will undoubtedly leave a lasting impression on those fortunate enough to experience it.

Whether you choose to savor it now or cellar it for future enjoyment, the 2020 Haut Brion is an investment in excellence and a testament to the timeless art of winemaking.