2016 Haut Brion
By Chateau Haut Brion
2016 Haut Brion from Chateau Haut Brion, Pessac-Leognan, Bordeaux
In the pantheon of fine wines, Chateau Haut Brion sits rather regally among its peers. Their 2016 Haut Brion is a testament to the estate's commitment to produce a wine that not only shines in the brilliance of its birth year but continues to unfold with each passing season.
A Vintage That Speaks Volumes
The year 2016 in Pessac-Leognan was marked by a growing season that experts might describe as a vigneron's dream. A drier than average summer, punctuated by timely showers, coaxed the grapes on the vine to a paradigm of ripeness characterized by balance and precision. This vintage for the 2016 Haut Brion stands out as an eloquent expression of the chateau's terroir, displaying an intricate interplay between climatic conditions and winemaking acumen.
A Symphony of Complexity and Elegance
On the palate, this wine enchants with a core of dark fruit enveloped by smoky nuances and a velvety mantle woven with tannins that speak more of silk than of rope. There is a depth here, an opulent texture underscored by an acidity that keeps the ensemble vivacious and vibrant. The 2016 Haut Brion is impressive for its layered complexity, while maintaining a regal elegance that has come to define the offerings from Chateau Haut Brion.
Yet, it is the potential for evolution and longevity that sets this wine apart as an ideal candidate for prudent investors. Its composition promises glorious maturation for decades to come – a cornerstone offering for those seeking to expand their collection with age-worthy vintages.
An Investment in Liquid History
Amidst the landscape of fine wines, the 2016 Haut Brion from Chateau Haut Brion holds its place as one of refined pedigree and distinguished potential. As both connoisseurs and investors attest, securing vintages that tell the story of their year presents both an illuminating journey and wise investment. It is in this light that 2016 Haut Brion shines ever so brightly - poised to reach heights yet unseen as it ages gracefully in the cellar.
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Scores and tasting notes
This is a monument for Haut-Brion and reminds me of the great 1998 but in a modern and bright style. Full-bodied, very tannic and superbly structured yet always agile and vivid. Its energy and dynamic nature grabs you by the shoulder and tells you it’s great. Staggeringly precise. It can’t get better than this, can it?
James Suckling - jamessuckling.com, April 4th 2017
The 2016 Haut-Brion is blended of 56% Merlot, 37.5% Cabernet Sauvignon and 6.5% Cabernet Franc. Medium to deep garnet-purple colored, the nose is at once profound and arresting, offering drop-dead gorgeous Morello cherries, lilacs and red rose scents with a core of Black Forest cake, warm blackcurrants and blueberry preserves plus wafts of sandalwood and underbrush. Medium-bodied, the elegantly crafted palate is completely packed with intense floral, mineral and cassis-laced flavors with a firm frame of very finely pixelated tannins and seamless freshness, finishing very long and achingly stunning.
Lisa Perrotti-Brown - The Wine Advocate, 30 November 2018
Even deeper colour than La Mission. Broad and spicy and very rich and a compote of warm bricks. (La Mission is more muscular and obviously tannic.) Firm and not over the top. Prances. Transparent and very much Haut-Brion.
Jancis Robinson - jancisrobinson.com