92 Points - Neal Martin
The white Larrivet Haut-Brion ‘09 has a rather simple bouquet with touches of smoke, popcorn and crushed stone that opens nicely in the glass. The palate is well balanced with a lovely ripe, aromatic entry: rosewater and lime cordial with subtle tropical notes. It is crisp and fresh with a slight viscosity all the way to the long finish. This is a much better performance compared to its showing out of bottle.
From Pessac Léognan and from Stéphane Derenoncourt comes Château Larrivet Haut Brion, which has produced a sensational ‘Rouge’ this year and come highly recommended @ £240.00 IB per case.
This is without question their best vintage, which both Neal Martin and James Suckling echo. Moreover, both Martin and Suckling award a higher score than Château Haut Brion’s second wine, Clarence Haut Brion, which will be realised at almost treble the price.
Robert Parkers Wine Advocate
94 Points - Neal Martin
I enjoyed this wine from barrel and just after bottling. Under blind conditions it really shows its quality. It has a very attractive bouquet with notes of blackberry, cigar box, raspberry leaf and a touch of sandalwood - quite complex and nicely defined. The palate is medium-bodied with fine acidity. There is real density here, caressing in the mouth but full of vigour and breeding. Long and tender towards the finish, this is a lovely wine.