Haut Brion Blanc is a ‘tour de force' in 2010. Tantalising with notes of lime curd, sugarloafpineapple, lemongrass and salt caramels. Though broad, ample and powerful, it is not shy to reveal its softer, sumptuous side with its sweet core of fleshy fruit and rich, round texture. It finishes on muscle and minerality. This is a commanding wine that beckons an experienced driver to take the wheel. One of our wines of the vintage. RK
This full-bodied blend of 54% Sauvignon Blanc and 46% Semillon has a level of concentration and intensity that makes it the dry white wine of the vintage. Loads of minerality, a hint of subtle spice, but mostly just pure orange marmalade, candle wax, honeysuckle and caramelized melons make for a full-bodied, distinctive style of wine to drink over the next 50+ years.Drink: 2013-2063
A blend of 54% Sauvignon Blanc and 46% Semillon, this singular, compelling white exhibits notes of orange blossoms, lemons, melons, crushed rocks, spice and flowers. It is a sensational, provocative, full-bodied dry white to enjoy over the next 40 years. Drink: 2011 - 2051
A blend of 35% Semillon and 54% Sauvignon Blanc, the Haut-Brion Blanc has a little more attack on the nose compared to the La Mission Blanc with notes of grapefruit, linden, a touch of brioche and cooking apple. The Semillon is pronounced even though the blend is more Sauvignon Blanc. The palate is well defined with more volume and flavour than the La Mission Blanc, with lovely citrus lemon, crushed stone and green lime flavours that persist long in the mouth. Excellent.
46% Sémillon, 54% Sauvignon Blanc. Slightly more yellow than La Mission but still greenish gold. Broad and honeyed on the nose (the Haut-Brion whites always prove supremacy of terroir over variety). Massive and broad and pungent. SO far from New Zealand! A bit less distinctive than the La Mission Blanc 2010 but a great wine. 14.4%. Drink 2018-2028
This insane. I am speechless. It twists your palate with so much character and intensity. Better than the 2005 and I gave it 100 points. Full yet refined. Intense yet reserved. It's a wine ofintense contrasts of tropical fruits and citrus. Bright and intense acidity, but it's all inbalance.
Slightly richer and broader fruit than La Mission, superb finesse over a fleshy ripeness and perfect harmony. Drink 2013-25.
Arguably the oldest recognised Bordeaux grand cru, Haut Brion has been owned by the American Dillon family since 1935. The Château was an early moderniser - the first estate to implement steel vats in 1961 - and over the years, their incredible investments have re-established the inherent quality of this property, enabling it to emerge as possibly the most consistent first growth since the 1980s. Second wine is Bahans Haut Brion.
When the Romans first planted a few vines on the limestone outcrops of St Emilion in the early years of the first century, and tasted what was, by all accounts, rather thin, bitter wine, they can hardly have imagined that the region's greatest red wines would become the most sought afterfine wines in the world. From the days in the seventeenth century when the then owners of Ch Haut Brion, the de Pontac family, became the first to export to the UK, selling their wine in their own tavern, the Pontac's Head, red Bordeaux or claret has been the Englishman's favourite. The wines of the 1855 Classification are merely the tip of the iceberg. Bordeaux AC accounts for about half of all wine produced in the area, from vineyards outside the regional or communal appelations and often blended by the negociant houses. Simpler beasts these although still clearly related to their more illustrious cousins - relatively light and fresh, full of fruit, with soft tannins making for delicious, and good value, early drinking.