Chateau Haut Brion 2015
Chateau Haut Brion 2015
Château Haut-Brion is the oldest and by far the smallest of the "Premiers Grands Crus" vine- yards of the Gironde 1855 classification. Château Haut-Brion is one of the few remaining family- owned domains of the Bordeaux region with a history going back to the 16th century. It has been owned by the American Dillon family since 1935. Château Haut-Brion's history dates back to when the first vines appeared on the gravel hillsides in 1521. Considered the first luxury wine brand in the world, Haut-Brion obtained the rare distinction of Premier Grand Cru Classé (Classified First Growth) in the 1855 classification, the only wine not in the Médoc to receive this prestigious title.
Clarence Dillon purchased the estate in 1935, and maintained it's status in the elite circle of the most legendary wines in the world. Now the fourth generation of the family, represented by Prince Robert of Luxembourg, Chairman and CEO since 2008 continues the tradition with state-of-the-art modernization to what is the oldest winegrowing property in the region of Pessac-Leognan.
A blend of 50% Merlot, 8% Cabernet Franc and 42% Cabernet Sauvignon, the medium to deep garnet-purple colored 2015 Haut-Brion is reticent to begin, languidly revealing crushed black cherries, ripe black plums and wild blueberries with sparks of cinnamon stick, cloves, nutmeg, espresso, unsmoked cigars, tapenade, crushed rocks and lavender. The full-bodied palate possesses wonderfully complementary contrasts of bold black and blue fruit richness and delicately nuanced cherry fruit, baking spices and floral accents, strutting ripe, finely pixelated tannins and seamless acidity that is placed firmly in the background, finishing very long and with plenty of attitude. This impeccably poised, exquisitely perfumed 2015 Haut-Brion possesses the most alluring yet seemingly effortless beauty. While it bears only a passing resemblance in its opulent personality to the now legendary 1989, like that vintage the 2015 cannot fail to hedonically satiate and intellectually edify all lovers of great Bordeaux who drink it. What’s more, it also has the blue-blooded tenaciousness to remain this jaw-droppingly impressive, throughout its many guises over time, and for a very, very long time. - Lisa Perrotti-Brown, Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, 100 Points
The Finer Details
Style - Red Wine
Varietal - Merlot 50%, Cabernet Sauvignon 42%, Cabernet Franc 8%
Country - France
Region - Pessac-Léognan, Bordeaux
Vintage - 2015
Bottle Size - 750ml
ABV - 15%