Included with this lot is a visit, tasting and lunch at Château Haut-Brion for 6 people who will have the chance of touring the vineyard, vat rooms and cellars while receiving explanations on the facilities and practices from the winemakers.
My overriding impression of this stunning First Growth is that it is the silkiest, most perfumed, most fine-grained of all the legendary top châteaux of Bordeaux. Haut-Brion has an inner ‘spirituality’ to it, a haunting quality that lingers long on the senses. Its unique position on the edge of the city of Bordeaux gives it a micro-climate that fosters ripeness and generosity – there is a velvety warmth to the wine. The extra ‘plus’ to the property is the family ownership and its long-standing link with three generations of another family, the Delmas, on the managing side which has provided a totally beneficial continuity to the estate. Haut-Brion often blooms early among the First Growths but, unlike human beings, it continues to grow more beautiful in middle age and retains the bone structure and elegance of a very distinguished old age!
2009 Tasting note
This vintage gave Cabernets of such ripeness that it created high alcohol. The nose is so spicy and come-hither. Very fine textured, quite different from La Mission. Flavours of cigars and wine gums, cherries and sweetness, with coffee at the end. Top allure. In 2013, glorious attack. Intense flavour. Great, noble texture. This is just so aristocratic and a tremendous vinous achievement.
Serena Sutcliffe, MW
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