2012 Pessac-Leognan Rouge Premier Cru Classe
The Merlot makes-up two third of the 2012 Chateau Haut-Brillon. The nose is subtle, elegant, and very complex, with rich bouquet: delicate red fruit notes, blackberry, blackcurrant, but also liquorice, roasted, wood, and almost floral. The palate presents a tight structure at first, though quickly reveals blended tannins for a milder, thicker texture, but also juicy and tasty. This Pessac-Leognan 1er Cru Classe carries beautiful length.
Wine Advocate-Parker :
Tasted blind at the Southwold 2012 tasting, the 2012 Haut-Brion has an open and generous bouquet with blackcurrant pastille, cassis and briary aromas the exude very pure Merlot. The palate is medium-bodied with a sumptuous opening that is rare in 2012: rounded and generous, caressing in the mouth with black plum and blackcurrant towards the finish, residues of truffle and white pepper lingering on the aftertaste that turn very savory after 15 minutesùbacon fat or Italian cured meats. There is a lot to love about this Haut-Brion although in this blind showing I scored it the same as La Mission Haut-Brion. Who will stick their neck out as the two wines mature? Tasted January 2016.