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Dense, purple-red. Spicy nose, with cherry and coffee aromas, bright. Palate has voluptuous, silky fruit, good ripeness and firm tannins with a touch of greenness evident. Very silky, lovely weight of fruit and excellent balance. Easier, shorter-term wine than recent vintages.
"Evident" would be the defining word to describe this wine. Usually, Haut-Brion is a wine characterized by a certain restraint, obliging the taster to go forward to meet it. Château Haut-Brion 2007 indicates a change. The color is a very deep red-violet. As to the nose, at first the red fruit dominates the evidential signature of our singular 'terroir'. This wine approaches with infinite charm. The mouth is soft and pleasant thanks to an extraction of tannins adapted to this vintage. The obvious freshness carries these tannins towards an impressive lingering on the palette. Each vintage is different but 2007 is honestly unique. Rarely a Haut-Brion has shown so completely. With 2007, Haut-Brion will surely creep up and seduce you. That is what is extremely evident!
Rated 92 in 2009-03 from barrel at the estateRated 92 in 2008-03 from barrel at the estateA blend of 44 % cabernet sauvignon, 43 % merlot, and 13 % cabernet franc - Yield of 46 hl/ha – Alcohol content 13.1% – IPT : 68 – This year, the Grand Vin represents a selection of 43 % of the harvest. Purple and intense color. Nose appearing a bit discreet, yet fine and fruity. On the palate, the wine shows structure, yet also some rusticity and a good weaving. With good presence in the mid-palate, it evolves rich and also tannic. And yet, it has not press wine. Nice aromatic and distinguished length. For your information, the estate ranks this vintage at the same level than 2004. The style of 2007 appears to be mellower.
A blend of 43% Merlot, 44% Cabernet Sauvignon and 13% Cabernet Franc. Like many wines of the vintage, this is loath to reveal its aromas upon first sniff and demands coaxing. Certainly there is a lot of richness with blackberries, creme de cassis, a touch of black olives and oyster shell. Perhaps it does not quite have the supreme focus of La Mission. I am taken more by the palate than the nose. Very pure ripe fruits, seamless tannins, sensuous, quite a ravishing Haut-Brion that is more precocious than many others. This is either going to turn out one degree over-ripe or perhaps the best of the First Growths? I look forward to finding out. Tasted April 2008.
A brilliant effort, the 2007 Haut-Brion offers up aromas of crushed rocks, graphite, plum sauce, raspberries, and black cherries. The aromatics are truly complex for a three year-old wine. While the wine does not possess the fat and succulence of its nearby neighbor, La Mission Haut-Brion, its elegance, finesse, and nobility are apparent. Medium-bodied, rich, and intense with stunning aromatics, it can be drunk now or cellared for 15 years.
This is dense, smoky, brooding and suggestive of depth, with a little meaty vein to the fruit on the nose. Here we have 43% Merlot, 44% Cabernet Sauvignon and 13% Cabernet Franc, and 43% of the harvest so there should be 8900 cases produced. It is weightier than Le Clarence, a little plummy and fleshy, but still elegant. There is a lot of evident structure, with a supple composition laid over a core of firm tannins. A little length here. A good wine with potential, although it is not overtly expressed.
1st classified growth in 1855. Haut Brion was founded in 1525 by Jean de Pontac and since then, many illustrious personalities succeeded each other as owners. The lasted among them was Clarence Douglas Dillon, American financial minister under the Kennedy government. Today, the continuity and presence of the Dillon family are ensured by Prince Robert of Luxembourg who watches over the destiny of Domaine Clarence Dillon S.A.S., having joined the management of the Company in June of 1997 and succeeding his mother Princess Joan de Mouchy as President at the end of July 2008. Haut Brion is the sole 1st classified growth from the 1855 classification which is outside of the Medoc appellation. Its terroir may be compared to the one of Latour. Even if it is not the more concentrated wine, Haut Brion ist the noblest wine of Pessac Leognan, and its longevity is incomparable. The silky structure of the tannins is always exceptional. Classed Premier Cru of the Gironde in 1855, and Cru de Graves in 1953 , Château Haut-Brion was also classed thus in 1973, and although this latest classification only concerned the Médoc whilst Haut-Brion is located in the Graves appellation, the minutes of the 1973 classification meeting state: The jury, considering the situation of Château Haut-Brion and its long traditional connections with the Médoc Premiers Crus, and taking into account this tradition, the customs and practices on the one hand, together with its very eminent virtues on the other, has deemed it to be worthy of featuring alongside the Médoc’s Premiers Crus Classés
Owner: Duc et Duchesse de Mouchy
Administrator: Prince Robert de Luxembourg
Manager: Jean-Philippe Delmas
Cellar master: Jean-Philippe Masclef
Vineyard manager: Pascal Baratié
Oenologist: Jean-Philippe Masclef
Blend of the 2007 vintage: 13% Cabernet Franc, 44% Cabernet Sauvignon, 43% Merlot
Ageing: 71% in new barrels during 20 month/s
Soil: gravel, sand and clay containing pebbles of quartz
Area: 48 hectares
Average age of the vines: 36 years
Density of the vines: 9000 feet per hectare
Yield: 43 hectolitres per hectare
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