2020 Haut Brion Bordeaux Blend

Bordeaux Blend - 750ML
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REVIEWS

JD 100 JL 99 WA 99 TWI 99 JS 98 WE 98 DC 97 JA 96 VN 96
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 99

TheWineCellarInsider.com, August 2023

Concentrated, deep, creamy, supple, long, and intense, the wine is packed with notes of flowers, spice, chocolate, black cherries, plums, porcini, tobacco leaf, and white pepper. On the palate, there is a minor degree of...
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...
JS 98

jamessuckling.com, May 2023

Aromas of blackberry, licorice, tile, stone and mocha. Tobacco and cigar, too. They follow through to a full body with ultra-fine tannins that go on and on. Sophisticated ripe fruit in the center palate with a brightness...
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...

WINE DETAILS

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 Bordeaux Blend is a highly acclaimed red wine from the Pessac Leognan sub-region of Bordeaux, France. Produced by the renowned estate Haut Brion, this wine is a blend of 42.8% Merlot, 39.7% Cabernet Sauvignon, and 17.5% Cabernet Franc, with an alcohol content of 15.0%.

The wine has garnered exceptional reviews from a variety of professional critics. Jeb Dunnuck awarded it a perfect score of 100, describing it as "an absolute blockbuster on the palate" with "ultra-fine tannins, a deep, layered mid-palate, and a great, great finish." He also noted its "extraordinary aromatics of ripe black fruits, scorched earth, cold fireplace, and acacia flowers." Dunnuck concluded that the 2020 Haut Brion is "a legend in the making."

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, represented by William Kelley, gave the wine a near-perfect score of 99. Kelley highlighted its "aromas of blackberries and raspberries mingled with licorice, cigar wrapper, pencil shavings, and nicely integrated new oak." He praised its "ample and fleshy" body and "enveloping core of fruit" supported by "sweet, powdery tannin."

Jeff Leve from TheWineCellarInsider.com also awarded the wine a 99, noting its "concentrated, deep, creamy, supple, long, and intense" profile. He described an array of flavors including "flowers, spice, chocolate, black cherries, plums, porcini, tobacco leaf, and white pepper," with a minor degree of heat but overwhelmingly ripe, sweet fruit.

James Suckling rated it 98, appreciating its "sophisticated ripe fruit in the center palate with a brightness" and "ultra-fine tannins that go on and on." He found it "very supple and savory at the end" and comparable to the 1998 vintage, suggesting it will "reward you much more after 2028."

The wine received additional high praise from Wine Enthusiast (98), Decanter (97), Vinous (96), and Jane Anson (96). Across these reviews, common themes include its concentration, complexity, and potential for long-term aging. The wine's robust structure and layered flavors make it a standout in the 2020 vintage, promising to evolve gracefully for decades.

In summary, the 2020 Haut Brion Bordeaux Blend is a sophisticated, deeply flavored wine with excellent aging potential, highly praised by critics for its complexity and structure.