2018 Chateau Haut BrionBlend from France
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- 97-99+ Lisa Perrotti-Brown - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
- 99 James Suckling - Jamessuckling.com
- 98 Wine Spectator
- 98 Jeb Dunnuck - jebdunnuck.com
97-99+ Lisa Perrotti-Brown - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
"The 2018 Haut-Brion is a blend of 49.4% Merlot, 38.7% Cabernet Sauvignon and 11.9% Cabernet Franc, harvested September 6 to October 2. Deep purple-black in color, it is much more closed than the La Mission. It holds back for the first few minutes, reticent to reveal what slowly uncoils to give wave after wave of exotic spices—cardamom, cassis, star anise and fenugreek—over an opulent core of red roses, Black Forest cake, warm cassis and black raspberries with nuances of cigar box, crushed rocks, truffles, tilled black soil, iron ore and smoked meats. The full-bodied palate is truly profound, with restrained black fruit and spice layers slowly offering mineral sparks and savory suggestions within a rock-solid frame of firm, super fine-grained tannins and beautiful freshness, finishing with epic length and depth. This will take longer to come around than the La Mission, but it will be well worth the wait."
99 James Suckling - Jamessuckling.com
"Aromas of currants, leaves, fresh mushrooms, oyster shell, tobacco, and dried flowers, following through to a full body, yet ever so refined and polished and it grows on the palate. Lovely, energetic finish. Subtle and driven at the end of the palate. Drink in 2026 and onwards."
98 Wine Spectator
"Waves of cassis, cherry puree and blackberry paste roll through in this showstopper, with notes of tea, sandalwood, iron and anise providing an entourage for the fruit. A subtle warm earth accent underscores the finish without intruding on the texture. A large-scaled yet eminently refined wine. Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc. Best from 2025 through 2045. — JM"
98 Jeb Dunnuck - jebdunnuck.com
"A quintessential expression of this terroir, the 2018 Château Haut-Brion checks in as 49.4% Merlot, 38.7% Cabernet Sauvignon and the balance Cabernet Franc brought up in a mix of new and used barrels. Ripe and sexy, yet also offering subtle aromas and flavors of blackcurrants, smoked earth, tobacco leaf, truffle, lead pencil, and minerals, it takes its time opening up but reveals a full-bodied, concentrated, multi-layered style carrying gorgeous tannins, flawless balance, and just a wonderful symmetry and elegance paired with beautiful richness. This noble, gorgeous Haut-Brion will benefit from 7-8 years of bottle age and cruise for 40 years or so."
97-99+ - Lisa Perrotti-Brown - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
99 - James Suckling - Jamessuckling.com
98 - Wine Spectator
98 - Jeb Dunnuck - jebdunnuck.com
|Varietal(s)||Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc|
|Taste||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|
|Nose||violet, rose, truffle, earth, coffee, leather, currant, blackberry, cherry, cedar, cigar box, tobacco, broccoli, berry and flower|