Chateau Haut Brion 2002
Château Haut-Brion, 1er Grand Cru Classé, Pessac-Léognan, Bordeaux, France, 2002
Grapes: 51% Merlot, 40% Cabernet Sauvignon, 9% Cabernet Franc aged in 70% new oak barrels
Chateau Tasting Note: A surprisingly dense colour which stays very bright despite its depth. Initially, a certain reticence conceals the wine’s aromas, but its richness is very quickly felt. The attack surprises with its sensation of dense, highly complex fruit volume. Little by little the tannins fill the mouth. They are silky, smooth and mellow, to which is added gentle notes of very subtle woodiness. The whole effect is so succulent you could almost eat it. The wine is long and very elegant. It is perfectly balanced in structure.
"Jean-Bernard Delmas thinks this wine is quite supple but I found it the most backward of any I tasted in Bordeaux this spring. Amazingly the dominant grape is Merlot (51 per cent) with 40 per cent Cabernet Sauvignon and the rest, nine per cent, Cabernet Franc. It's thick, dark, blackish purple and still extremely reticent. Dry, sappy, savoury, inky almost monstrous were some of my tasting notes. Enormous in structure. Extremely serious – no tricks or flattery here – I'd guess it will mature much more slowly than most Haut-Brions. There is a certain ripe suppleness on the very front of the palate but that is soon swamped at the moment by the rigour and backbone of all that sappy tannin."
18/20 points, Jancis Robinson, JancisRobinson.com, August 2005
And almost 20 years on...
"As it closes in on age 20, the 2002 Haut-Brion is beginning to drink very well, opening in the glass with aromas of blackcurrants, plums, cigar wrapper, loamy soil, burning embers and violets. Fleshing out considerably with an hour or two in the decanter, it's medium-bodied, vibrant and concentrated, exemplifying the ideal of intensity without weight, with a deep core of fruit framed by powdery tannins and lively acids. An underrated wine that has rewarded patience, the 2002 Haut-Brion confirms that great terroirs over-perform in cooler, more challenging years."
93/100 points, William Kelley, Wine Advocate, February 2022
Drink with simply cooked roast/grilled meats. Lamb, game pies, duck/partridge/pheasant with mushrooms and truffles. Aged, hard, sheep cheeses.
This is part of a long standing private customer’s collection. These wines are in excellent condition with the levels all around and above top shoulder. We are acting as an agent in the sale and the price is exclusive of V.A.T. which is not due. Our multibuy discounts do not apply.
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- This is part of a long standing private customer’s collection. These wines are in excellent condition with the levels all around and above top shoulder. We are acting as an agent in the sale and the price is exclusive of V.A.T. which is not due. Our multibuy discounts do not apply.
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