Château Haut-Brion 2010
"...it is extraordinary...ethereal...full-bodied, but that's only apparent in the aftertaste, as the wine seems to float across the palate with remarkable sweetness, harmony, and the integration of all its component parts..." Robert Parker
|Grape Blend||Cabernet Sauvignon 57%, Merlot 23%, Cabernet Franc 20%|
Château Haut-Brion 2010 was rated a perfect 100 points by Robert Parker and is one of Bordeaux's finest wines in this great vintage. It was purchased in its original wooden cases.
2010 was another great Bordeaux vintage, following on from the sensational 2009 vintage, and it may well end up the equal of both 2005 and 2009 – with so many wines showing a perfect balance of fruit, tannins, acidity and alcohol. It was a different vintage to 2009, and 2010 Bordeaux generally warrant greater ageing.
There is a refreshing lack of pretension at Haut-Brion, whose intensely aromatic, concentrated fine red wines are consistently viewed as some of the very best in the entire Bordeaux region, including its fellow first growths of the Médoc.
Haut-Brion is also the least well-known of the first growths, and so its fine red wines rarely achieve a higher price than its contemporaries, which is good news for astute buyers. The Château was established atop two knolls or gravel croupes by the Pontac family in 1550 and has passed through five families since; being currently owned by the Dillon family. The real key to the estate's steadfast position amongst Bordeaux's elite has been the long, stable tenure of winemakers, particularly the (now late) legendary Jean-Bernard Delmas and his son, Jean-Philippe Delmas.
"As for the 2010 Haut-Brion, it does not have the power of Latour's 2010 or the intense lead pencil shavings and chocolaty component of Lafite-Rothschild, but it is extraordinary, perfect wine. It has a slightly lower pH than the 2009 (3.7 versus the 2009's 3.8), and even higher alcohol than the 2009 (14.6%). The wine is ethereal. From its dense purple color to its incredibly subtle but striking aromatics that build incrementally, offering up a spectacular smorgasbord of aromas ranging from charcoal and camphor to black currant and blueberry liqueur and spring flowers, this wine's finesse, elegant yet noble power and authority come through in a compelling fashion. It is full-bodied, but that's only apparent in the aftertaste, as the wine seems to float across the palate with remarkable sweetness, harmony, and the integration of all its component parts: alcohol, tannin, acidity, wood, etc. This prodigious Haut-Brion is hard to compare to another vintage, at least right now, but it should have 50 to 75 years of aging potential." Robert Parker