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.
Rich dark chocolate and damson coulis nose – fruit over finesse. It’s a touch heavy with the ripe fruit but still very pleasurable. 62% Cabernet Sauvignon, 33% Merlot, 5% Cabernet Franc.14.3%abv, 3.79pH.
A Stéphane Derenoncourt wine. Very dark crimson. Hugely rich and sweet. Only just remains refreshing... But it does. Well done. Good tension.
The 2015 Larrivet Haut Brion might be overlooked against some startling other 2015s with "Haut Brion" in their name, which would be wholly unfair because this is a potentially great wine. It has an outgoing bouquet with plenty of bright and bushy tailed red fruit that is well defined and very nicely focused. The new oak is carefully used here and gives it real lift. The palate is medium-bodied with fine grain tannins, fleshy in the mouth with crisp acidity and a nicely composed, lightly spiced finish. This is an excellent Pessac-Léognon and it will hopefully will be well priced.