2009 Pessac-Leognan 1er Cru Classe
Chateau Haut-Brion is Bordeaux oldest Grands Crus, with a wine making history dating back to the 5th century. The 2015 release is a blend of Merlot Noir, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Cabernet Franc.
The vintage purple-red hue suggests density, though aeration reveals great maturity with deep and warm aromas. This Pessac-Leognan offers broad palate in the beginning which evolves into full-body from the mid-palate, all the way to the finish. The creamy concentration is relatively thick, while freshness creates superb balance with the vintage strength. Tannins show maturity with a structure reminiscent of 1990 and 1989: undoubtedly the most beautiful vintage ever released by Chateau Haut-Brion.
Parker : 100 / 100
J. Suckling : 100 / 100
Wine Advocate-Parker :
The 2009 Haut-Brion is deep garnet colored and slightly closed and shy to begin, slowly unfurling to reveal sensuous notions of warm blackberries, plum preserves, mulberries and blackcurrant cordial with touches of star anise, mocha and damp soil. Full-bodied, taut and tightly wound in the mouth, the palate delivers mouth-coating black fruit and mineral layers with a very firm frame of ripe, grainy tannins, finishing long and earthy. This needs time!