Grape Variety: Bordeaux Red Blend
Aging Potential: Drink now
Serving Temperature: 16 °C
Alcohol Level: 12.5%
The 1949 Haut-Brion (tasted 12/95) revealed some of the textbook cigar, ashtray, tobacco-scented notes, as well as scents of roasted herbs and ripe fruit. The color was a medium garnet with considerable rust at the edge. This medium-bodied, round, sweet, and soft wine is past its prime, although it remains exceptional. Drink it up now.
Château Haut-Brion's vineyard is located in the commune of Pessac, just a few miles southwest of Bordeaux's city center.
It belongs to the Pessac-Léognan appellation, to the north of the Graves wine-growing region.
The terrain at Haut-Brion, formed of two large mounds of a type of gravel known as Günzian because it was deposited during the earliest geologic stage of the Pleistocene epoch, rises between 40 and 50 feet above the beds of the neighboring streams. This gravel consists of small stones, including various kinds of quartz, and it is these precious gems that help to give Château Haut-Brion's wines their distinctive character.
This expansive elevated reach of gravelly terrain, bounded at the north of the Le Peugue stream and at the south by the Le Serpent stream, has been called Haut-Brion at least as far back as the early years of the fifteenth century, as evidenced by ancient maps and deeds dating from this period.
The sub-soil consists of a mixture of clay and sand.
The vineyard covers an area of 51 hectares(about 126 acres). Slightly more than 48 hectares are planted with red grape varieties(Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot) and just under 3 hectares are devoted to white grape varieties (Sémilon and Sauvignon Blanc).
Château Haut-Brion was conceived and laid out beginning in 1533 by Jean de Pontac, which makes it the oldest wine estate in Bordeaux.
|Producer||Chateau Haut Brion|
|Alcohol Content||12.5 %|
|Wine Closure||Natural Cork|
|Robert Parker||91 Points|
|Wine Spectator||95 Points|