Château Haut-Brion

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Château Haut-Brion 2014 Barrel Sample White (Pessac-Léognan)

97–99. Barrel Sample. This is a superb, very rich wine, full of great swathes of peaches and apricots. Powerful and round, it is still cut by the most beautiful acidity. The texture is tight, nervy and crisp while never losing its richness and opulence. This magnificent wine will age for decades.

 — R.V.  (3/30/2015)
98
points

Château Haut-Brion 2010 Red (Pessac-Léognan)

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A firm and serious wine, complex and complicated, one of the finest wines from 2010 vintage. It has a rich undertow of black fruits, while the tannins dominate at this stage. To add to the powerful range of flavors, the wine has an edge of severity that bodes well for its long-term future.

 — R.V.  (5/1/2013)
98
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Château Haut-Brion 2007 White (Pessac-Léognan)

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  1. $800

The palate opens slowly, offering an initial citrus character, followed by wood and then, finally, wonderfully rich, but taut fruit. There is still a toast character here, with apricots and pear on top of the citrus, but it is still only just developing. In 10–15 years, it will be a magnificent wine.

 — R.V.  (12/15/2010)
98
points

Château Haut-Brion 2005 Red (Pessac-Léognan)

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  1. $1500

A big, virile wine, dominated by dark and firm tannins. The structure comes from powerful black fruits, the wood only showing as dry edge to the tannins. It’s firm, obviously destined for long aging, with initial blackberry fruits powering through the density. A stupendous wine that will last many decades.

 — R.V.  (6/1/2008)
97
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Château Haut-Brion 2012 White (Pessac-Léognan)

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This wine encompasses all the star qualities of white Bordeaux. Lemon and grapefruit tones are balanced by ripe yellow fruit and spicy toastiness. Everything is in harmony in this wine that is sure to age well. Drink from 2019.

 — R.V.  (5/1/2015)
97
points

Château Haut-Brion 2014 Barrel Sample Red (Pessac-Léognan)

96–98. Barrel Sample. The wine is serious, darkly structured and firm in character, packed with tannins that lend a very dry feel. Fragrant fruitiness and intense acidity shine through for a very fine wine, likely to age over several decades.

 — R.V.  (3/30/2015)
97
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Château Haut-Brion 2012 Barrel Sample Red (Pessac-Léognan)

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96–98. Barrel sample. A beautifully ripe wine that’s very dense in its character. The wine is generous and rich, while also structured. It already has delicious black plum fruit and velvet tannins. A wonderful, opulent wine that’s packed with full-throated Merlot.

 — R.V.  (4/10/2013)
96
points

Château Haut-Brion 2012 Red (Pessac-Léognan)

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Firm and solid, this is one of the successes of 2012. It’s properly dark and tough at this stage, with that serious intent that’s a hallmark of Haut-Brion. Layers of firm tannins are interspersed with blackberry fruits and juicy acidity. The wine is dense and concentrated, with the wood aging still showing. This powerful wine will need many years. Drink from 2024.

 — R.V.  (5/1/2015)
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