Peter Maude Fine Wines
2020, Château Haut Brion PESSAC-LÉOGNAN 1er Grand Cru Classé de Graves
$1,028.10 inc. GST
Bordeaux Blend: Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot
Without doubt one of the world's greatest and most individual wine estates. This is a superb Haut-Brion with incredible tannins that are wonderfully fine-grained. It’s really powerful. This is very primary with so much grape-generated tannin structure. Very, very long, going on for minutes. Seductive and friendly at the start and then takes you on at the finish with so much structure. Wine of the vintage? 99-100 James Suckling.
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. 96 Jane Anson, Decanter
The 2020 Haut-Brion is shaping up to be one of the wines of the year. Substance, depth and textural intensity elevate Haut-Brion into the realm of the sublime in 2020. All the elements are so wonderfully balanced. Inky dark fruit, gravel, lavender, violet and dark spice build as the 2020 gradually opens with some aeration. Wow. 97-99 Antonio Galloni, Vinous.
The first in the Haut-Brion group of reds where there is the merest hint of “gravel” origin in the smell behind the crisply sweet cassis aromas; full, concentrated, finely tannic, and freshly defined; vibrantly sweet, long and complex in its fruit core, racy and aromatic; there is a considerable richness of fruit here, and great subtle length across the palate, followed by splendid persistence to finish. Elegant, aristocratic, poised. Clearly a very fine Haut-Brion. 95-98 Michael Schuster, The World of Fine Wine.
More opulent, more precocious bouquet compared directly with its neighbour across the road, resplendent with layers of black cherry, wild strawberry, black olives and a touch of inkwell. Perhaps it displays slightly less mineralité compared to La Mission Haut-Brion? This is still a magnificent, bold and almost audacious Haut-Brion and I am intrigued to see how it develops in barrel. 96-98 Neal Martin.