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2019 Haut Brion

By Chateau Haut Brion

2019 Haut Brion from Chateau Haut Brion, Pessac-Leognan, Bordeaux

An exquisite testament to the gifted terroirs of Pessac-Leognan, the 2019 Haut Brion from Chateau Haut Brion resonates with the adept skills of viticulture and vinification that are synonymous with this historic estate. As we delve into the layers of this sterling vintage, it is evident that the year's unique set of climatic nuances are indelibly etched into its profile.

 

The Quintessence of Precision and Patience

One must underscore the grace under pressure that characterised the 2019 season. A relatively mild winter gave way to a cool spring, followed by a summer that danced between heatwaves and welcome respite. This interplay of conditions forged the grapes of Haut Brion with an integrity that allowed them to achieve consummate ripeness without forfeiting the acidity critical for balance and longevity – an attribute of utmost interest for fine wine investors.

 

Profoundly Poised Palate

The 2019 Haut Brion articulates a deep cherry hue in the glass, suggesting at once its vitality and depth. Discreet olfactory ballet, it commences with darkly-inked berries melding with earthy undertones reminiscent of the Graves' gravely soils. A waft of sweet spices suggests exquisite French oak integration, a Chateau Haut Brion hallmark. On the palate, there is a formidable tapestry weaved by tannins both silky and structured, giving rise to an enduring finish that promises a cellar-worthy investment.

It is in the decanter where this vintage truly unfolds—a revealing tale that speaks of 2019’s singularity. Layers unmask over time, conferring dark plum marrying with hints of tobacco leaf and cacao, all ensconced within a frame of well-judged acidity ensuring vibrancy amid its stoic promise of evolution.

In summary, discerning collectors and connoisseurs alike will find in the 2019 Haut Brion an opportunity to enrich their portfolio with a vintage that has gracefully embraced the gifts of its provenance while ultimately transcending them. A stellar investment for those captivated by Bordeaux’s timeless majesty.

Current market price

$6,640.00

12x75cl

Highest score

98

POP score

221.67

Scores and tasting notes

97-99

The 2019 Haut-Brion is a blend of 48.7% Merlot, 43.2% Cabernet Sauvignon and 8.1% Cabernet Franc, harvested from the 10th of September to the 3rd of October. The estimated label alcohol degree is 14.5%. Displaying a deep garnet-purple color, it comes off incredibly shy and reticent to begin, needing considerable coaxing to reveal notes of dark chocolate-covered cherries, blackberry preserves, woodsmoke and sandalwood, before launching into a full-scale fireworks display of iron ore, cumin seed, redcurrant jelly, red roses, oolong tea and Sichuan pepper scents plus a waft of cardamom. The medium to full-bodied palate delivers the most exquisitely ripe, finely grained tannins with a lively backbone of freshness supporting the tightly wound, earth-laced black fruit layers, finishing very long and minerally. This is one of the most finely structured, tightly knit wines of the vintage. Given time, I wouldn't be at all surprised if it goes atomic and eventually takes top place for the vintage.

Lisa Perrotti-Brown - The Wine Advocate, 11 June 2020

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