A racy and intense Classified First Growth from Graves
Chateau Haut-Brion red 2016 is one of the 1st Classified Growth in Graves. The 2016 vintage experienced exceptional weather conditions. The magnificent terroir of Chateau Haut-Brion, protected the vines from the severe droughts. 2016 is a blend of 56% Merlot, 6.5% Cabernet Franc and 37.5% of Cabernet Sauvignon. The grapes were harvested from. September 19th to October 13th. 2016 has more Merlot than the 2015 vintage.
Chateau Haut-Brion red 2016 has a bright violet, red color with garnet reflections. It has a complex aromatic structure. The charm of this vintage presents striking scents of violets and red and black fruits. In the mouth, this wine is juicy, dense and ample. From the attack to the finish, the acidity is well-defined. The wine has a beautiful weight and the tannins are enveloping and creamy. The finish is long and beautifully-balanced. Undoubtedly one of the most beautiful bottles of Haut-Brion in the legacy of 2010 as a remarkable vintage.
Wine Advocate-Parker :
The 2016 Haut Brion is a blend of 56% Merlot, 37.5% Cabernet Sauvignon and 6.5% Cabernet Franc that was picked between 19 September and 13 October. Jean-Philippe Delmas told me that this represents a touch more Merlot than last year's vintage. It clearly has a more powerful and intense bouquet compared to the La Mission Haut-Brion, although maybe not the same killer level of detail and delineation. The palate is beautifully balanced with arching tannins that insistently grip the mouth. There are layers of black fruit, minerals, sea salt and a touch of crushed violets. Unlike the 2015 Haut-Brion, this is more linear, stricter and you could argue more nimble on its toes. Yet maybe it does not quite have the same depth and labyrinthine complexity that made the 2015 such an astonishing wine. Nevertheless, this 2016 is not far behind and it will be fascinating to compare in the future.