Premier Grand Cru Classé of 1855
Producer: Château Haut-Brion
A classic French legend
When he purchased Château Haut-Brion in 1935, Clarence Dillon restored it to its former glory and to the elite circle of the most legendary wines in the world. This extraordinary, bold, courageous vision is now continued by the fourth generation of the family, represented by Prince Robert of Luxembourg, Chairman since 2008.
Located in the town of Pessac, just a few kilometres from Bordeaux, Château Haut-Brion – the first of the three estates acquired by the Dillon family – is the oldest winegrowing property in the region.
Tasting Notes: That's a blockbuster effort! Atypically powerful, one day, the 2009 Haut-Brion may be considered to be the 21st-century version of 1959. It is an extraordinarily complex, concentrated effort made from a blend of 46% Merlot, 40% Cabernet Sauvignon and 14% Cabernet Franc with the highest alcohol ever achieved at this estate, 14.3%. Even richer than the perfect 1989, with similar technical numbers although slightly higher extract and alcohol, it offers up a sensational perfume of subtle burning embers, unsmoked cigar tobacco, charcoal, black raspberries, wet gravel, plums, figs, and blueberries. There is so much going on in the aromatics that one almost hesitates to stop smelling it. However, when it hits the palate, it is hardly a letdown. This unctuously textured, full-bodied 2009 possesses low acidity along with stunning extract and remarkable clarity for a wine with a pH close to 4.o. The good news is that there are 10,50o cases of 2009, one of the most compelling examples of Haut-Brion ever made. It requires a decade of cellaring and should last a half-century or more. readers who have loved the complexity of Haut-Brion should be prepared for a bigger, richer, more massive wine, but one that does not lose any of its prodigious aromatic attractions. 100pts Robert Parker, Wine Advocate #199, Feb 2012
Robert Parker Rating: 100
Grape Variety: 46% Merlot, 40% Cabernet Sauvignon and 14% Cabernet Franc
Alcohol percentage: 13.0%