Château Haut-Brion 2012
• Domaine: Château Haut-Brion
• A.O.C.: Pessac-Léognan, Bordeaux
• Classification: First Growth, 1er Grand Cru Classé in 1855
• Varietals: 33% Cabernet Sauvignon, 65% Merlot and 2% Cabernet Franc
Château Haut-Brion is a superb wine among the First Growths. It was the only wine not from Médoc, but instead from Graves area when originally listed among the Premier Grand Cru Classé in 1855. It was also on the inaugural list of Grand Cru Classé de Graves in 1959. In 1987, when Pessac-Léognan was carved out of Graves as an independent AOC, Haut-Brion became a member of Pessac-Léognan. However, people continue to interchangeably identify Haut-Brion as both Graves and Pessac-Léognan.
"The 2012 Haut Brion is certainly one of the candidates for the wine of the vintage, with a dense purple color, classic nose of crushed rock, lead pencil shavings, black raspberry, blueberry and flowers. The wine shows subtle barbecue smoke notes in the background, but is full-bodied, stunningly concentrated and builds incrementally, yet finishes with luxurious, almost extravagant amounts of fruit and intensity. From only 46% of the production, this is an absolutely remarkable effort from the Dillon family and their winemaking team of the two Jean-Philippes. Drink it over the next 30-40 years." - Robert Parker Jr., The Wine Advocate (4/29/2015, Issue 218), Ratings: 98, Drink from: 2015-2055
"Tasted blind at the Southwold 2012 tasting, the 2012 Haut-Brion has an open and generous bouquet with blackcurrant pastille, cassis and briary aromas the exude very pure Merlot. The palate is medium-bodied with a sumptuous opening that is rare in 2012: rounded and generous, caressing in the mouth with black plum and blackcurrant towards the finish, residues of truffle and white pepper lingering on the aftertaste that turn very savory after 15 minutes—bacon fat or Italian cured meats. There is a lot to love about this Haut-Brion although in this blind showing I scored it the same as La Mission Haut-Brion. Who will stick their neck out as the two wines mature? Tasted January 2016." Neal Martin, Robert Parker's Wine Advocate (10/2016), Rating: 96+, Drink from: 2022-2055