2020 - Ch Haut Brion 1er Grand Cru Classé Pessac-Léognan
06C0HAUB6PK _ 2020 - Ch Haut Brion 1er Grand Cru Classé Pessac-Léognan - 6x75cl
Colour
Red
Producer
Château Haut-Brion
Region
Pessac-Léognan
Grape
Cabernet Sauvignon / Merlot / Cabernet Franc
Case size
6x75cl
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2020 CH HAUT BRION 1ER GRAND CRU CLASSÉ PESSAC-LÉOGNAN - 6x75cl

Colour
Red
Producer
Château Haut-Brion
Region
Pessac-Léognan
Grape
Cabernet Sauvignon / Merlot / Cabernet Franc
Case size
6x75cl
Available Later
In Bond
Case price £1,770 – £2,125
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Tasting Notes

  • DC

    Decanter, May 2021,
    Score: 96

    Concentrated, powerful and precise; this takes a grip and holds on, layers of liquorice, grilled coffee bean, chocolate, blackcurrant pastille, cassis bud and a more steely wet stone edge that gives a much needed balance to the richness of the overall feel of this wine. Gunsmoke curls out of the glass after half an hour - this is going to need serious ageing, impressive and powerful stuff. Harvest from 7th to 29th September. Drink 2030-2050

  • JR

    Jancis Robinson, April 2021,
    Score: 18.5

    More obviously aromatic and lifted than the second wine, Le Clarence de Haut-Brion. Intensely seductive nose in fact. Very savoury, tobacco-leaf palate entry and then quite a tingle. Acidity is a feature of the finish. Very muscular indeed but clearly with more flesh and less obvious tannin than La Mission 2020. Almost juicy. Too early for much of the 'warm bricks' nose to have developed, I assume. Long and emphatic with a little more zest than Haut-Brion often has at this early stage. Drink 2028 – 2052

  • MJ

    Matthew Jukes, April 2021,
    Score: 19.5+

    It seems extraordinary that I am sitting at my dining room table in Battersea, London while tasting the 2020 En Primeur wines this year as opposed to standing in the various amazing Châteaux listed in this Report. Tasting at Haut-Brion or La Mission Haut-Brion (the EP tastings are held at one or the other) is always a magnificent treat. These are stunning backdrops to tasting the family of Domaine Clarence Dillon wines and it sets the scenes magnificently for the flavours found in these legendary wines. So, while I type these notes, in my house, in southwest London, there is none of the grandeur and pomp associated with tasting with HRH Prince Robert of Luxembourg and Jean-Philippe Delmas, and yet, strangely, this does not matter one iota because this wine does not need anyone setting the scene nor does it require a regal backdrop. That is because 2020 Haut-Brion is so characterful and composed and so phenomenally self-confident and also multifaceted, that it could be tasted on Mars and it would still look drop-dead gorgeous. There is staggeringly complexity here built on extremely firm foundations and with the power comes unexpected grace and levity. I cannot remember tasting a wine with such force and splendour which finishes with this degree of freshness and calm.

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Producer

Château Haut-Brion

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. Situated in Pessac-Léognan in Graves, the estate is the only classified growth located outside the Médoc. Château Haut Brion has the most Merlot and the most Cabernet Franc of any of the First Growths and the second wine is Bahans Haut Brion.

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.