Les Bahans de Haut-Brion

Château Haut-Brion Rouge 2006 | Premier Cru Classé, Pessac-léognan, Bordeaux

Château Haut-Brion
7763
75 cL. vin rouge. Vendu par 6 bouteilles
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The 2006 Haut-Brion performed even better from bottle than it did from barrel. Sixty-four percent of the production went into this wine, and while it displays the vintage’s powerful tannins and structure, it possesses superb concentration, and the minerality/scorched earth notes of a great Haut-Brion. Medium to full-bodied, with perhaps not quite the fleshiness of the 2005 or 2000, it is built more along the lines of the 1998 and 1996. It is a brilliant effort displaying sensational purity, texture, and length that should be exceptionally long-lived. Anticipated maturity: 2017-2035 .

Wine Advocate #181 Feb 2009 Robert M. Parker, Jr. 96/100

Château Haut-Brion Rouge 2012 | Premier Cru Classé, Pessac-léognan, Bordeaux

Château Haut-Brion
7768
75 cL. vin rouge. Vendu par 6 bouteilles
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This wine has turned out far better than I ever expected. It started off life relatively austere, closed, and tannic, and seemed a bit light, but the wine has put on weight (as so many vintages of Haut-Brion tend to do), and now shows a very complex nose of cigar tobacco intermixed with scorched earth, sweet cherry and black currant fruit, and some high quality toast. The wine is medium-bodied and a great example of finesse, elegance, and just brilliant winemaking in a vintage where the odds were stacked against even a great terroir such as Haut Brion. Bordeaux Book, 4th Edition Jan 2003 Robert M. Parker, Jr. 89/100

Château Haut-Brion Rouge 2013 | Premier Cru Classé, Pessac-léognan, Bordeaux

Château Haut-Brion
7770
75 cL. vin rouge. Vendu par 6 bouteilles
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This has weight and density, with dark plum, raspberry coulis and red currant fruit showing well already, lined with obvious but racy and integrated tannins. The finish is long and tinged with violet, tobacco and star anise notes, with lovely energy. Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc.—Tasted non-blind. Score range: 91-94

Château Haut-Brion Rouge 2011 | Premier Cru Classé, Pessac-léognan, Bordeaux

Château Haut-Brion
7773
75 cL. vin rouge. Vendu par 6 bouteilles
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The unbelievably superb 2011 Haut-Brion (a tiny production of 7,600 cases from a blend of 46% Cabernet Sauvignon, 35% Merlot, and 19% Cabernet Franc) exhibits a classic nose of subtle smoldering embers, warm rocks, black currants, new saddle leather, spice box and high quality, unsmoked cigar tobacco. The color is a dense ruby/purple to the edge, and the wine cuts a serious as well as broad swath across the palate. The most amazing aspect of this terroir is that the wine, despite all its power and richness, literally dances on the palate, as if it were a 90 pound ballerina. This brilliant 2011 should evolve quickly, hitting its prime in 7-8 years, and drink beautifully for 20-25 years.

Wine Advocate #212 Apr 2014 Robert M. Parker, Jr. 95/100

Château Haut-Brion Blanc 2012 | Premier Cru Classé, Pessac-léognan, Bordeaux

Château Haut-Brion
7767
75 cL. vin blanc. Vendu par 6 bouteilles
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This displays an impressive profile, with rich white peach, salted butter, macadamia nut, tangerine and warm brioche notes that show superior cut and definition, thanks to a terrific quinine accent that ripples on and on through the gorgeous finish. Should be rather long-lived, too. Best from 2017 through 2030.

Château Haut-Brion Blanc 2013 | Premier Cru Classé, Pessac-léognan, Bordeaux

Château Haut-Brion
7765
75 cL. vin blanc. Vendu par 6 bouteilles
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This has weight, length and cut for days, as white peach, tangerine oil, blanched almond, pear eau-de-vie, macadamia nut, chamomile and green plum notes all fit together seamlessly, while the finish sails on and on, with echoes of macadamia nut and brioche. Opulent and pure, showing stunning mouthfeel to boot. Rare for a white to be the wine of the vintage in Bordeaux, but this may be it. Best from 2017

Les Bahans du Château Haut-Brion Rouge 2001 | Pessac-Léognan, Bordeaux

Château Haut-Brion
7775
75 cL. vin rouge. Vendu par 12 bouteilles
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Notes de dégustation du Château/  La race du cru domine la première impression. Le tannin est riche et complexe au nez et domine le fruit qui s’épanouit à l’arrière plan. Bel équilibre en bouche, tannique et ferme à la fois. Très belle complexité où le fruit apparaît peu à peu à l’arrière plan.

Les Bahans du Château Haut-Brion Rouge 2002 | Pessac-Léognan, Bordeaux

Château Haut-Brion
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Subtle and classy aromas of blackberries, fresh mushrooms and light oak follow through to a medium-bodied palate, with a good core of fruit, silky tannins and a medium finish. Best after 2007. –JS