Chateau Haut Brion Pessac Leognan 1er Grand Cru Classe 2018
2018 Chateau Haut Brion Pessac Leognan 1er Grand Cru Classe 1500ml - This magnum-sized bottle of Haut Brion offers a rare opportunity to experience a wine of exceptional quality on a grand scale. The wine itself is nothing short of magnificent, with a rich and concentrated palate of dark fruit, tobacco, and leather. The tannins are firm and powerful, yet silky and smooth, promising decades of enjoyment.
This wine has opulence and concentration, with crisp flavors of ripe yellow fruits. There is so much going on in this impressive wine. It has benefited from the hot summer, yielding a ripe wine that still manages to remain crisp and tight on the finish. Roger Voss
Robert Parker (Wine Advocate) -
The 2018 Haut-Brion is composed of 49.4% Merlot, 38.7% Cabernet Sauvignon and 11.9% Cabernet Franc. Deep garnet-purple in color, the wine needs a lot of swirling before it begins to release a whole complex melody of notes, one at a time to begin: tilled earth, followed by pronounced licorice, then crushed rocks, then the preserved plums. Eventually, it all comes together into a fascinating crescendo of intense crème de cassis, rose oil, wild blueberries and kirsch notes, giving way to quiet, persistent leitmotif scents of cinnamon stick, truffles and redcurrant jelly. The medium to full-bodied palate delivers all this and more, revealing tightly wound black fruit, red berry and exotic spice layers within a solid, wonderfully plush frame and seamless freshness, finishing with epic length and loads of earth and mineral sparks. This is a profound, highly intellectual, multilayered baby, which will require a good 7-8 years to begin to sing its incredible song, then should cellar a further 40 years at least. By way of reference, think 1989 with more restraint and even greater purity. - Reviewed by Lisa Perrotti-Brown