2009 Chateau Haut-Brion Pessac Leognan Bordeaux - OWC 12 x 750ml

2009 Chateau Haut-Brion Pessac Leognan Bordeaux - OWC 12 x 750ml

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2009 Chateau Haut-Brion Pessac Leognan Bordeaux - 100 pts!

Château Haut-Brion is the oldest of Bordeaux's five first growths, and one of the most famous wines in the world. Located in Pessac-Léognan, south of the city of Bordeaux, the château is rather far removed from its counterparts, all of which are found in the Médoc.

The vineyards were established in the 1530s by the Pontac family, changing hands several times throughout the ensuing centuries. Historical evidence shows that Haut-Brion was drunk by King Charles II and Thomas Jefferson, and the famous London diarist Samuel Pepys was also a fan of the wine. The estate was acquired by American Francophile Clarence Dillon in 1935 and has been managed by the family since.

Haut-Brion is notable as being the only first growth in Graves – Lafite Rothschild, Mouton Rothschild and Latour are all in Pauillac, while Château Margaux is – perhaps not surprisingly – in Margaux. Haut-Brion's red wine is its key line, comprising most of the château's output, but it is also unusual in that it has a corresponding white wine that shares the simple "Haut-Brion" name. The château's second wine has been known as La Clarence de Haut-Brion since 2007.


Product Details

Varietal Bordeaux Blend
Vintage 2009
Rating 100 RP
Bottle Size 12 x 750ml
Bottle Quantity 12
Country France
Region Bordeaux
Location Pessac Leognan
Producer Haut Brion
Color Red
Wine Type Table

Robert Parker

Rating 100 RP - 2009 Chateau Haut-Brion Pessac Leognan Bordeaux - 100 pts! What a blockbuster effort! Atypically powerful, one day, the 2009 Haut-Brion may be considered to be the 21st century version of the 1959. It is an extraordinarily complex, concentrated effort made from a blend of 46% Merlot, 40% Cabernet Sauvignon and 14% Cabernet Franc with the highest alcohol ever achieved at this estate, 14.3%. Even richer than the perfect 1989, with similar technical numbers although slightly higher extract and alcohol, it offers up a sensational perfume of subtle burning embers, unsmoked cigar tobacco, charcoal, black raspberries, wet gravel, plums, figs and blueberries. There is so much going on in the aromatics that one almost hesitates to stop smelling it. However, when it hits the palate, it is hardly a letdown. This unctuously textured, full-bodied 2009 possesses low acidity along with stunning extract and remarkable clarity for a wine with a pH close to 4.0. The good news is that there are 10,500 cases of the 2009, one of the most compelling examples of Haut-Brion ever made. It requires a decade of cellaring and should last a half century or more. Readers who have loved the complexity of Haut-Brion should be prepared for a bigger, richer, more massive wine, but one that does not lose any of its prodigious aromatic attractions. RP

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Winery Details

Varietal Bordeaux Blend
Vintage 2009
Rating 100 RP
Bottle Size 12 x 750ml
Bottle Quantity 12
Country France
Region Bordeaux
Location Pessac Leognan
Producer Haut Brion
Color Red
Wine Type Table

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