96+ Points - Lisa Perrotti-Brown
Made up of 70.5% Sauvignon Blanc and 29.5% Sémillon, the Haut-Brion 2016 Blanc is a little closed to begin, the nose slowly revealing notes of orange blossoms, fresh ginger, lime zest and wet pebbles over a core of white peaches, pink grapefruit and lemon curd. Medium-bodied, the palate has fantastic elegance and depth, with layer upon layer of fragrant citrus and stone fruit-inspired flavors and a racy backbone, finishing with epic length.
Zalto Denk-Art Bordeaux Glass
Zalto Bordeaux glass is recommended for weightier style reds, probably our most widely used glass when tasting in house, this glass is great for many different wines. The large bowl helping aerate and soften tannins whilst accentuating the wines depth and concentration. The Bordeaux glass is the ideal choice for Cabernet Sauvignon, Shiraz, Zinfandel, Bordeaux or Rhone style blends and many other red wines. Surprisingly, it is also the glass of choice for oaked Chardonnay as well, the shape of the bowl accentuating the balance of ripe fruits and oak.
Château Haut Brion is situated in the suburbs of the city of Bordeaux, in the Pessac-Léognan commune. Rated as a First Growth, it has one of the smallest productions however this Château has a rich history even getting a mention in Samuel Pepys’ diary in 1663 "drank a sort of French wine called Ho Bryen that hath a good and most particular taste I never met with". After many years of unsuccessful owners and the Château falling into ruin, Château Haut Brion’s luck changed when it was bought by American financier, Clarence Dillon, in 1935. Today, his great-grandson Prince Robert of Luxembourg runs the estate with much of its success owing to the winemaking Delmas family, in particular George Delmas (former manager of Cos d'Estournel) who have passed on their knowledge and skills over the generations. The château’s second wine is Clarence de Haut-Brion. (Prior to 2007 it was called Bahans-Haut-Brion but the name changed in recognition of Clarence Dillon).
Bordeaux is not only the most famous wine producing region in France but in the world, with the most prestigious châteaux and wines in the industry. Its history dates back to the Roman times and today is the largest producing region of fine wines. Vineyards in Bordeaux are known by châteaux and therefore the name of each individual château is an important brand.
Many top wines are sold ‘En Primeur’ meaning that they are sold in the barrel prior to bottling. Almost 90% of the wine produced in Bordeaux is red (called ‘Claret’ in the UK) from over 8,500 producers. The main reason for the success of the wine production in Bordeaux is the perfect combination of climate, with long hours of sunshine ideal for ripening the grapes and well-draining gravel soil. Appellations are an important part of the Bordeaux culture and the region has 54 appellations recognized by the AOC, the Appellation d’Origine Controlle.
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