300 Points Of Haut Brion - The 2005, 2009 and 2010 Vintages in One Collection
Our Bordeaux buyer has found something extraordinary to offer today: ex-cellar three-bottle collections of Haut Brion that contain a trio of benchmark vintages, 2005, 2009 and 2010. With each rated at 100 points by the critics, these collections represent a stunning opportunity to sample this famous First Growth at the peak of its powers.
Haut Brion is a magical wine and truly otherworldly in the great vintages when it has a habit of performing spectacularly well. The 2005, 2009 and 2010 represent Haut Brion at its best. For Lisa Perrotti-Brown, the 2005 “absolutely shimmers with stunning mineral and floral notes, finishing with epic length” and the 2009 “delivers mouth-coating black fruit and mineral layers with a very firm frame of ripe, grainy tannins”. For Robert Parker, the 2010 “is extraordinary, perfect wine”. All are scored at 100 points, and together are an incredible set of wines.
These bottles have only just been released from the cellar of the chateau, so are pristine and immaculate. Do take a look, and let us know if you would like to secure a collection or two in bottles of large formats.
2005/2009/2010 Haut Brion ’Trilogie’ Collections (ex Chateau 2023)
£2,475 per 3 bottle collection in bond – 10 available
£4,935 per 3 magnum collection in bond – 3 available
Contains a bottle or magnum of each of he below in an individual OWC:
2005 Haut Brion – 100 points Lisa Perrotti-Brown
The 2005 Haut-Brion is a blend of 56% Cabernet Sauvignon, 39% Merlot, and 5% Cabernet Franc. Deep garnet-brick in color, the nose explodes with heart-thumping floral and fragrant earth notes over a core of Morello cherries, black raspberries, and creme de cassis. It is medium to full-bodied, with super-firm, ripe tannins and a lively backbone lending a rock-solid structure to the bright, muscular fruit. The palate absolutely shimmers with stunning mineral and floral notes, finishing with epic length. Tantalizingly good now, expect even greater things with 5-10 more years of bottle age. It will cellar to 2070 and, most likely, well beyond. Bought by an American banker / financier Clarence Dillon in 1935, it remains in the family today, with Prince Robert of Luxembourg now managing the 125-acre estate on the edge of Bordeaux city, in the town of Pessac. The soils include some very deep gravels and a good amount of clay. Clonal variation adds to the complexity of the site, with over 500 different clones. Jean-Phillip Delmas is the third generation in his family to oversee winemaking at this estate. The style is often more elegant, minerally, and refined than its flamboyant sibling La Mission Haut-Brion. Indeed, Haut-Brion can appear austere in its youth
. (2022) www.thewineindependent.com
2009 Haut Brion – 100 points Lisa Perrotti-Brown
The 2009 Haut-Brion is deep garnet colored and slightly closed and shy to begin, slowly unfurling to reveal sensuous notions of warm blackberries, plum preserves, mulberries and blackcurrant cordial with touches of star anise, mocha and damp soil. Full-bodied, taut and tightly wound in the mouth, the palate delivers mouth-coating black fruit and mineral layers with a very firm frame of ripe, grainy tannins, finishing long and earthy. This needs time!
2010 Haut Brion – 100 points Robert Parker
As for the 2010 Haut-Brion, it does not have the power of Latour’s 2010 or the intense lead pencil shavings and chocolaty component of Lafite-Rothschild, but it is extraordinary, perfect wine. It has a slightly lower pH than the 2009 (3.7 versus the 2009’s 3.8), and even higher alcohol than the 2009 (14.6%). The wine is ethereal. From its dense purple color to its incredibly subtle but striking aromatics that build incrementally, offering up a spectacular smorgasbord of aromas ranging from charcoal and camphor to black currant and blueberry liqueur and spring flowers, this wine’s finesse, elegant yet noble power and authority come through in a compelling fashion. It is full-bodied, but that’s only apparent in the aftertaste, as the wine seems to float across the palate with remarkable sweetness, harmony, and the integration of all its component parts – alcohol, tannin, acidity, wood, etc. This prodigious Haut-Brion is hard to compare to another vintage, at least right now, but it should have 50 to 75 years of aging potential. Anticipated maturity: 2022-2065+
. (2013) www.robertparker.com
Offered subject to final confirmation. Available in the UK in 8-12 weeks.
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