2011 Haut Brion, La Mission Haut Brion Classically Styled



Haut Brion Jean Philppe Delmas


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For wealthy wine collectors who found 2009 Haut Brion and 2009 La Mission Haut Brion too much for their taste, the fresher, less concentrated, lower in alcohol 2011 Haut Brion wines will probably be of interest to them. Fortunately, and wisely, the trend of pricing La Mission Haut Brion at the same price as Haut Brion was not followed in 2011.


2011 Haut-Brion From a blend of 46.3% Cabernet Sauvignon, 34.8% Merlot and 18.9% Cabernet Franc, the wine reached 13.3% alcohol. With a beautiful ruby hue, the wine offers espresso, burnt earth, boysenberry, floral, cassis and truffle. This polished, classic, fresh, sweet and ripe wine loaded with cassis has the tannins to age and will require time. 95-96 Pts

2011 Le Clarence de Haut Brion From an assemblage of 71.5% Merlot, 22.8% Cabernet Sauvignon, 4.5% Cabernet franc and 1.2% Petit Verdot, this wine features a kiss of oak with earth, smoky black cherry, spice and soft textures. This polished, easy-to-like Pessac Leognan has a red berry finish and will drink well young. 89-91 Pts

2011 La Mission Haut Brion, is produced from a blend of 55% Cabernet Sauvignon,  33.7% Merlot and 11.3% Cabernet Franc and reached 13.5% Alcohol –  Deep ruby in color, the wine offers tobacco, earth, smoke, cassis and coffee with ripe tannins and a classic, bright, fresh and pure crème de cassis finish. This Pessac Leognan has great purity of fruit and is classic in style, but lacks the concentration of the more recent 2009 and 2010 vintages. 93-95 Pts

2011 La Chapelle de La Mission Haut Brion, produced from 68.7% Merlot, 19.6% Cabernet Sauvignon and 11.7% Cabernet Franc , is ruby in color with truffle, black cherry, licorice, supple textures and a fresh, soft red berry finish. 88-90 Pts

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