Haut Brion 2011 (1OWC)
Type: Red Wine Volume: 750ml
Winery: Haut Brion
Country: France Region: Bordeaux
District: Pessac Leognan
Grapes Varieties: 46% Cabernet Sauvignon,35% Merlot,19% Cabernet Franc
Classification: First Growth. Premier Cru Classe in 1855 Production: 7600 cases
Alcohol: Packing: Original Wooden Case of 1 bottle
Ratings and Tasting Notes:
(JS=96) Lots of subtle redcurrant and berry character, with flowers and sweet tobacco on the nose. Full body, super-integrated tannins, and a light shaved chocolate, berry, and cedar character. A decadence and beauty to this that wakes you up. Better in 2018.
(RP=95) The unbelievably superb 2011 Haut-Brion (a tiny production of 7,600 cases from a blend of 46% Cabernet Sauvignon, 35% Merlot, and 19% Cabernet Franc) exhibits a classic nose of subtle smoldering embers, warm rocks, black currants, new saddle leather, spice box and high quality, unsmoked cigar tobacco. The color is a dense ruby/purple to the edge, and the wine cuts a serious as well as broad swath across the palate. The most amazing aspect of this terroir is that the wine, despite all its power and richness, literally dances on the palate, as if it were a 90-pound ballerina. This brilliant 2011 should evolve quickly, hitting its prime in 7-8 years, and drink beautifully for 20-25 years.
(WS=95) This packs some serious density for the vintage, with layers of braised fig, blackberry pete de fruit, and dark currant paste, all inlaid with lively briar, tobacco leaf, and roasted apple wood notes. Shows lots of energy through the finish, with the grip generating a mouthwatering feel. One of the stars of the vintage. Best from 2018 through 2035.
(AG=92) Deep ruby. Complex, soil-driven aromas of redcurrant, dark cherry, and raspberry are complicated by exotic notes of Oriental spices and soy sauce. Rich, tactile and sweet, offering intense, elegant dark fruit and spice flavors lifted by a saline nuance. Finishes with sweet tannins and lingering saline and smoky notes. This is deeper and fleshier than the La Mission.