*Delivery Mid April 2018
100 Points - Neal Martin
“The 2015 Haut-Brion is a blend of 50% Merlot, 42% Cabernet Sauvignon and 8% Cabernet Franc picked between 8 September and 5 October. Of course, it showed majestically out of barrel, so pressure was on in bottle. Deep in color, the bouquet is a real showstopper: blackberry, raspberry, sage, black olive and warm gravel...this is a profoundly complex bouquet that is nuanced and beautifully delineated. The palate is medium-bodied with fine tannin and ample freshness, but don’t be deceived because this is a very structured Haut-Brion built for the long-term. Remarkably the 14.9% alcohol is completely disguised. It feels incredibly long, and yet instead of fanning out, it shuts down the door on the finish. It is a behemoth of a wine, one that is up there with the legends of the past. Anticipated maturity: 2025 - 2070.”
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.