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2020 Chateau Haut-Brion Premier Cru Classe, Pessac-Leognan 6x750ml

JR16.5++RP99VM96

HK$23,076 / Case

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UK Stock: ETA to HK address 10-16 weeks (air)
SKU: hub-VS10091007-6-IB-11946249 Categories: , , ,
Tasting Notes

Tasting Notes

Vinous – 96

The 2020 Haut-Brion has a smorgasbord of red and black fruit on the nose, Indian ink and pressed violets, touches of undergrowth (morels?) emerging with time in the glass. There is just a note of reduction here. The palate is medium-bodied with pliant tannins, fresh and saline, with hints of black olive and white pepper. A lingering, very controlled, black pepper tinged finish is very harmonious and understated – remarkable given the 15% alcohol, slightly higher than La Mission. Excellent but I am not convinced that would put it in the top tier of this First Growth at least, not yet. [Neal Martin, 08/02/2023]

Anticipated maturity: 2028-2055

Robert Parker – 99

The 2020 Haut-Brion is a blend of 42.8% Merlot, 39.7% Cabernet Sauvignon and 17.5% Cabernet Franc, harvested from 7th to 29th September, with an estimated alcohol of 15% and a pH of 3.8. Opaque purple-black colored, it leaps from the glass with a first wave of vibrant black raspberries, ripe blackberries and mulberries scents, followed by a powerful core of warm cassis, dark chocolate and violets, before bursting into an array of crushed rocks, iron ore, tree bark and black truffles notes. The concentrated, densely packed, full-bodied palate is not in the least bit heavy, delivering a refreshing backbone of red berry and dried herbs suggestions, framed by seamless acidity and very finely grained tannins, finishing on an epically long, fragrant earth note. Simply stunning. [Lisa Perrotti-Brown, 01/05/2021]

Anticipated maturity: 2029-2064

JancisRobinson.com – 16.5++

That distinctive, embossed bottle full is 1,300 g. 71.4% Sauvignon Blanc, 28.6% Semillon. Cask sample taken 12 April. Picked from 20 to 27 August. Estimated alcohol 13.9%. Very pale greenish straw. Far from the most opulent Haut-Brion Blanc, this is playing the fresh and subtle card, with just a hint of sweet smokiness, Perhaps the team was keen to hang on to such acidity as was available after the hot, dry summer since it seems pretty soft? Decidedly reticent at the moment. It’s always so difficult to give a drinking date for Haut-Brion Blanc since it seems to go into a funk at about four years. But it has so many waxy layers even at this early stage it may well blossom into something truly remarkable but for the moment its stablemate La Mission Blanc seems to have much more vitality. [21/04/2021]

Anticipated maturity: 2023-2035

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