2002 - Ch La Tour Haut Brion Cru Classé Pessac-Léognan
06A2THBRM _ 2002 - Ch La Tour Haut Brion Cru Classé Pessac-Léognan - 6x150cl
Colour
Red
Producer
Château La Tour Haut-Brion
Region
Pessac-Léognan
Grape
Cabernet Sauvignon / Merlot / Cabernet Franc
Drinking
2008 - 2020
Case size
6x150cl
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2002 CH LA TOUR HAUT BRION CRU CLASSÉ PESSAC-LÉOGNAN - 6x150cl

Colour
Red
Producer
Château La Tour Haut-Brion
Region
Pessac-Léognan
Grape
Cabernet Sauvignon / Merlot / Cabernet Franc
Drinking
2008 - 2020
Case size
6x150cl
Available Now
Duty Paid (Inc. VAT)
Case price £752.14 (Inc. VAT)
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Tasting Notes

  • GDH

    Goedhuis, April 2003

    This small 4 ha vineyard is next door to La Mission Haut Brion and made in their cellars. With over 50% Merlot in the blend, it is relatively rich and plump but shows good classic claret cedarwood and berry flavours. The Haut Brion/La Mission Haut Brion team is particularly proud of La Tour Haut Brion this year.

  • RP

    Robert Parker, April 2005,
    Score: 88

    A gritty, austere example of La Tour Haut-Brion, this dark plum/ruby-hued, medium-bodied 2002 offers pleasant red and black currant flavors with hints of plums and cherries in the background. Although it possesses good fruit, the vintage's cool climate austere tannins dominate at present.Drink: Now-2015

  • JS

    James Suckling, April 2003,
    Score: 89-91

    You have to like the currants and berries in the nose, with hints of minerals. Full-bodied, with racy tannins and a long and caressing finish. Very fine for La Tour.

  • JR

    Jancis Robinson, April 2003,
    Score: 16.5

    A maroon edge to the crimson. Rather sumptuous nose obviously dominated by the Merlot that makes up more than half the blend (with both Cabernets). Silky start and really rather fine though lighter than usual. Sandy tannins on the finish. Fresh and appetising but there's quite a bit of acidity and probably always will be. Drink: 2010-2022

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Producer

Château La Tour Haut-Brion

Planted with 42% Cabernet Sauvignon, 35% Cabernet Franc and 23% Merlot and with vines averaging 21 years old, this chateau is part of Domaine Clarence Dillon. It has now been discontinued and the grapes now play a part in the second wine of La Mission Haut Brion - La Chapelle de la Mission Haut Brion. As the vines age further, the grapes will probably end up in the first wine. This is due to a consolidation of brands under-one-roof. Previously the wine was fermented in stainless steel vats, and ageing was in 30% new oak.

Region

Pessac-Léognan

Stretching from the rather unglamorous southern suburbs of Bordeaux, for 50 km along the left bank of the river Garonne, lies Graves. Named for its gravelly soil, a relic of Ice Age glaciers, this is the birthplace of claret, despatched from the Middle Ages onwards from the nearby quayside to England in vast quantities. It can feel as though Bordeaux is just about red wines, but some sensational white wines are produced in this area from a blend of sauvignon blanc, Semillon and, occasionally, muscadelle grapes, often fermented and aged in barrel. In particular, Domaine de Chevalier is renowned for its superbly complex whites, which continue to develop in bottle over decades. A premium appellation, Pessac-Leognan, was created in 1987 for the most prestigious terroirs within Graves. These are soils with exceptional drainage, made up of gravel terraces built up in layers over many millennia, and consequently thrive in mediocre vintages but are less likely to perform well in hotter years. These wines were appraised and graded in their own classification system in 1953 and updated in 1959, but, like the 1855 classification system, this should be regarded with caution and the wines must absolutely be assessed on their own current merits.