2006 Chateau Haut Brisson La Reserve
currant, black cherry, plum, bell pepper, olive, oak, smoke, toast, tar, blackberry, cherry, asparagus, spice, ginger, vanilla, tobacco, raspberry, cassis, violet, pepper and green bean
violet, rose, truffle, earth, coffee, leather, currant, blackberry, cherry, cedar, cigar box, tobacco, broccoli, berry and flower
"The impeccably pure, rich, complex, full-bodied 2006 La Reserve is a deeper, fuller effort revealing an opaque purple color, superb concentration, a multidimensional, textured mouthfeel, and an impressive finish. Black fruits, graphite, and a hint of toasty oak dominate this wine's impressive character. It should drink well for 15+ years."
"Owned by a Chinese national from Hong Kong, this under-the-radar estate is turning out some very good wines, including their top cuvee (a blend of 90% Merlot and 10% Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc), La Reserve, a superb offering from the sandy/gravelly soils of this terroir." -93 points Robert Parker
"The harvest is hand-picked, using plastic crates and there are three sorting tables for the best selection. During fermentation, the must is put in stainless steel vats with thermoregulation, with 8-days long maceration before fermentation to stabilize aromas. It then undergoes alcoholic fermentation at 28-30Â°C to extract phenolic components. Finally, the wine spends 10-20 days post-fermentation vatting. Daily tasting is done by our team to decide the frequency of each operation (pumping-over, release, punching of the cap). Then the wine is pressed. The wine is aged in new French oak barrels from four different coopers for aroma complexity between 15-18 months." -Winery
"The vines of Chateau Haut-Brisson were planted by the father of the previous owner in 1945. Peter Kwok, a Taiwanese business man, bought Chateau Haut-Brisson in 1997, a 8 hectares vineyard. Then, came the purchase of new plots of land in February 2002 and April 2003. Chateau Haut-Brisson vineyard counts now 12.77 hectares." -Winery
"The 31.58 acres (13 hectares) vineyard lays across three communes: Saint-Emilion, Saint Sulpice de Faleyrens and Vignonet on a gentle slope of sandy top soil over gravel soil with clinker deeper down. The vineyard with an average age of 35 years old, is planted with 80% of Merlot, 15% of Cabernet Sauvignon and 5% of Cabernet Franc." -Winery