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2012 Château Haut-Brion

Graves, Pessac-Léognan, 1er cru classé
(OWC)

Ex-château; earliest anticipated arrival is Fall 2016. help
 
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PRICE:
$1,880.00 per Double Magnum (3L)

SIZE:
3L d-mag

AVAILABLE:
2 Double Magnums (3L)

 

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TASTING NOTES

"The 2012 Haut Brion (65% Merlot, 33% Cabernet Sauvignon, 2% Cabernet Franc) 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." eRobertParker.com #218
(WA, 04/01/2015)

Rating: 98
Drink from: 2015-2055


"A big, powerful wine, the 2012 Haut-Brion possesses stunning richness and intensity, with all of the depth that is lacking in so many other wines in this vintage. Not here. The 2012 possesses remarkable depth and tons of raw, animal power that is going to require considerable time in bottle to soften. Readers should be in no rush; the 2012 Haut-Brion is a wine for the ages. Smoke, graphite, dried herbs and blue/purplish stone fruits grace the exotic, alluring finish." Antonio Galloni, Vinous.com
(AG, 01/01/2016)

Rating: 97
Drink from: 2027-2052


"Amazing aromas of wet stones, earth, currants and berries. Subtle and complex. Full body and a beautiful core of ripe fruit on the palate and the finish. Round, light, chewy tannins. Needs at least four or five years to open. This is the most merlot ever in Haut-Brion. Rich too. One of the wines of the vintage. 65.5% merlot, 32.5% cabernet sauvignon and 25 cabernet franc. Better in 2020." JamesSuckling.com
(JS, 02/11/2015)

Rating: 96
Drink from: 2020


"This combines power and refinement, with a singed alder frame around a dense core of red and black currant, plum and blackberry fruit. Notes of bay, black tea and tar line the finish. Has a lovely, fine-grained feel that lets the dark, hefty fruit drape beautifully. The tobacco element hangs in the background. Sneakily long. Best from 2018 through 2030. 9,008 cases made." Wine Spectator
(WS, 03/31/2015)

Rating: 95
Drink from: 2018-2030


"65.5% Merlot, 32.5% Cabernet Sauvignon, 2% Cabernet Franc. Much less aromatic than La Mission. Dense and dark. Rich and sumptuous. Some spiciness. Very broad and rich. Very grand. And easy to see where it comes from and how it will proceed. Very pure. Much more forward than La Mission. Zesty but with grandeur and great persistence." JancisRobinson.com
(JR, 04/19/2013)

Rating: 18.5
Drink from: 2022-2045


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