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Chateau Larrivet HautBrion History, Overview
What we know of today as Chateau Larrivet Haut Brion came into being with the original name of La Rivette. This took place during the 1800’s. In 1874, the estate began calling itself Chateau Haut Brion Larrivet by the new owner, Ernest Laurent.
This was much to the consternation of Chateau Haut Brion. Although it took decades until an official lawsuit was filed to remedy the situation. In 1893, the property was sold to the Canolle family who were already experienced in the Bordeaux wine trade as they also owned Chateau Belair in St. Emilion.
At that time, the property was much larger than it was today. For various reasons having to do with needing money, portions of their vineyards for Larrivet Haut Brion were sold to other neighboring properties like Chateau Haut Bailly.
In the late 1800’s, the estate was sold to Thomas Conseil. It was Thomas Conseil who changed the name of the chateau in 1949. The name change came about due to a lawsuit filed by the owners of Chateau Haut Brion.
The estate was allowed to retain Haut Brion in their name, provided it followed at the end of the title. This was easy enough. From that point forward, the wines were sold under the name of Larrivet Haut Brion.
Chateau Larrivet Haut Brion changed hands again when it passed to Jacques Guillemaud. Jacques Guillemaud began to replant the vineyards which had become dilapidated. In fact, only 3 hectares of vines were planted when he took over the property.
Chateau Larrivet Haut Brion is quite a popular wine these days. In fact, I think it is safe to say that their wines are probably the best known of the unclassified wineries in the appellation.
Today Chateau Larrivet Haut Brion is owned and managed by the Gervoson family who took over the property in 1987. The Gervoson family are better known for producing the popular line of jams and jellies from Bonne Maman.
Here’s a secret for you. When you visit the estate. make sure you ask to walk through their stunning, lush, verdant gardens, ponds and parkland. It’s incredibly verdant and peaceful.
Chateau Larrivet Haut Brion Vineyard, Terroir, Grapes, Winemaking
The 72 hectare vineyard of Chateau Larrivet Haut Brion has 61 hectares planted to 55% Merlot, 40% Cabernet Sauvignon and 5% Cabernet Franc for the red wine grape varieties. This shows a marked reduction in the Cabernet Sauvignon, an increase in the Merlot, and new plantings of Cabernet Franc in the vines since the mid 1990’s.
The vineyard is planted to produce both red and white Bordeaux wine grapes. For the white wine grape varieties, 11 hectares are planted to 60% Sauvignon Blanc and 40% Semillon. Although there are some Muscadelle grape vines planted in their vineyards as well.
The white wine grape vines are kept at an average of 20 years of age. During the mid 1990’s, the white wine grapes were planted in an even 50% ratio, which as you can see, has been changed over the years.
The terroir at Chateau Larrivet Haut Brion is a mixture of gravel and sandy soils. They have good neighbors. They are close to Haut Bailly and La Louviere and they also have vines bordering Smith Haut Lafitte.
To produce the red wines of Chateau Larrivet Haut Brion, vinification takes place in stainless steel vats. Malolactic fermentation takes place in vat. The wine is aged in a combination of 70% new, French oak barrels and 24 large, clay amphora jars for between 15 and 18 months before bottling.
To produce the white Bordeaux wine of Chateau Larrivet Haut Brion, the grapes are whole cluster pressed. Vinification takes place in 100% new, French oak barrels. There is no malolactic fermentation. The white wines are aged on its lees in 100% new oak for about 12 months prior to bottling.
The Best Vintages of Chateau Larrivet Haut Brion are: 2019, 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015, 2012, 2010, 2009, 2008, 2006 and 2005.
The property also makes a second wine, Les Demoiselles de Larrivet Haut Brion, which was named to honor their three daughters, Charlotte, Emily and Valentine.
In 2013, the daughters and the estate’s second wine were both honored when they became one of the few Bordeaux chateau to have a flower named after them. The roses are called, Les Demoiselles Larrivet Haut Brion. Michel Rolland was the consultant. He was replaced by Stephane Derenoncourt.
When to Drink Chateau Larrivet Haut Brion, Anticipated Maturity, Decanting Time
Chateau Larrivet Haut Brion can be enjoyed on the young side with decanting. Young vintages can be decanted for an average of 1-2 hours, give or take. This allows the wine to soften and open its perfume.
Older vintages might need very little decanting, just enough to remove the sediment. Chateau Larrivet Haut Brion is usually better with at least 5-7 years of bottle age. Of course that can vary slightly, depending on the vintage character. Chateau Bouscaut offers its best drinking and should reach peak maturity between 8-18 years of age after the vintage.
Serving Chateau Larrivet Haut Brion, with Wine, Food, Pairing Tips
Chateau Larrivet Haut Brion is best served at 15.5 degrees Celsius, 60 degrees Fahrenheit. The cool, almost cellar temperature gives the wine more freshness and lift. The red wine of Chateau Larrivet Haut Brion is best served with all types of classic meat dishes, veal, pork, beef, lamb, duck, game, roast chicken, roasted, braised and grilled dishes.
Chateau Larrivet Haut Brion is a perfect match with Asian dishes, hearty fish courses like tuna, mushrooms and pasta as well as cheese.
The white wine of Chateau Larrivet Haut Brion is a perfect wine to serve with shellfish, sashimi, sushi, all types of seafood, chicken, veal and cheese.
In 2012, Larrivet Haut Brion began conducting a fun set of experiments. Bruno Lemoine, the director of the property held back two barrels of 2009 wine for extra aging. One barrel remained at Chateau Larrivet Haut Brion, the other was covered with cement and placed in the ocean in the oyster beds of Cap Ferret.
According to Bruno Lemoine, “We often hear about wines aged at sea being better quality, so I wanted to see what happened if we tried it as well.” He was referring to wines from 19th or 20th century that were lost at sea, due to shipwrecks.
Laboratory analysis showed the wine aged in the ocean had softer tannins and a slightly lower alcohol levels. As you might expect, there was also more saline in the wine as well.
Château Larrivet-Haut-Brion Wine Tasting Notes
24 Vintages 92,839 Views Sort by Vintage-Rating
|2018||Château Larrivet-Haut-Brion (Pessac-Léognan)|
From the initial sniff and sip, this wine is richly textured with sweetness in the fruit. Fresh, silky, medium bodied and energetic, the purity in the tobacco leaf tinged red fruits is just right in the nose, on the palate and throughout the finish. I am sure this is the finest vintage for Larrivet Haut Brion I have ever tasted! This should offer two decades of pleasure with ease. 92-94 Pts
2,308 Views Tasted Apr 19, 2019
|2018||Château Larrivet-Haut-Brion Blanc (Pessac-Léognan)|
With a nice aromatic profile of grapefruit and lemon, this wine is medium bodied and while it shows good sweetness and some tension, this is not a wine for long term aging. So enjoy it in its youth for all that juicy, yellow citrus fruit.
1,394 Views Tasted Apr 19, 2019
|2017||Château Larrivet-Haut-Brion Blanc (Pessac-Léognan)|
The freshness is there and so is all the sweet, ripe, juicy, citrus fruits, flowers, honeysuckle and vanilla. Lively and exuberant, with loads of pomelo and vanilla all tempered with stony minerality and steely tannins.
1,607 Views Tasted Apr 26, 2018
|2017||Château Larrivet-Haut-Brion (Pessac-Léognan)|
Red fruits and flowers on the nose create an attractive perfume. On the palate, the wine is medium bodied, soft, earthy and bright. Give this merely a few years in the cellar to smooth out the edges.
2,815 Views Tasted Apr 26, 2018
|2016||Château Larrivet-Haut-Brion (Pessac-Léognan)|
Elegant, refined, fresh and pure, the sweet, earthy, red fruits, tobacco and plums come through with ease. Medium bodied, soft and sweet, here you find lift, energy and loads of smoky red berries. This should age quite nicely.
2,519 Views Tasted Feb 10, 2019
Medium bodied, fresh, silky, ripe and with sweet, smoky, red fruits and tobacco leaf, the mic of energy and sweet, fruits is exactly what the doctor ordered.
2,616 Views Tasted Apr 29, 2017
|2016||Château Larrivet-Haut-Brion Blanc (Pessac-Léognan)|
The waxy, lemon peel and grapefruit are sweetened with hints of vanilla and honeysuckle. Sweet, juicy and fresh you can enjoy this on release.
1,427 Views Tasted Feb 11, 2019
Soft, medium bodied, forward, elegant and refined, the fruit is ripe, plummy and smoky. The tannins are silky and the finish is refined.
1,862 Views Tasted Apr 29, 2017
|2015||Château Larrivet-Haut-Brion Blanc (Pessac-Léognan)|
With a strong sense of minerality, lemon peel, juicy grapefruit and vanilla bean, the wine offers freshness and a zippy style, allowing the wine the right amount of tension, and sweetness from the ripe fruits.
2,519 Views Tasted Mar 12, 2018
Crushed rocks, juicy grapefruit and vanilla with a blast of lemon and lime in the finish, give this wine freshness and sweet, citrus fruits from start to finish.
2,021 Views Tasted Apr 23, 2016
|2015||Château Larrivet-Haut-Brion (Pessac-Léognan)|
Soft, polished, elegant, supple, ripe, red fruits with a plummy edge are made even better due to a spicy quality that shows through the smoke, tobacco, espresso and earthy complexities. The refined, fresh edge on the palate gives the wine lift and extra overtones. You can drink this early and age it for more secondary notes.
3,235 Views Tasted Mar 12, 2018
Round supple textures, smoky plummy and earthy, with ripe fruit, espresso and thyme notes that are all over the place. With more volume and depth than usual, the medium/full bodied, soft, tobacco laced, fruit filled finish is right where it needs to be. 91 - 93 Pts
3,006 Views Tasted Apr 23, 2016
|2014||Château Larrivet-Haut-Brion Blanc (Pessac-Léognan)|
Crisp, refreshing citrus fruits are all over the place here. The finish is equally fresh, with all its ripe, yellow, citrus fruits that are aided by just a touch of honey.
1,731 Views Tasted Feb 6, 2017
With a warm blast of brioche, vanilla and grapefruit at the start, the experience is enhanced by upbeat, citrus notes in the finish. A zesty, amiable wine. 92 Pts
1,329 Views Tasted Apr 24, 2015
|2014||Château Larrivet-Haut-Brion (Pessac-Léognan)|
Medium bodied, soft, fresh, elegant and charming, the wine has a refined character to its bright, fruit, texture and smoky, tobacco laden, palate presence.
3,160 Views Tasted Feb 6, 2017
Medium-bodied, sweet and supple, this wine is laced with smoldering black and red fruits, soft tannins and a smoky finish. 89-90 Pts
2,122 Views Tasted Apr 24, 2015
|2013||Château Larrivet-Haut-Brion Blanc (Pessac-Léognan)|
Forward in character, with a sweet citrus and stone note that carries through to the crisp, bright, fresh, yellow citrus fruits in the bright finish.
1,449 Views Tasted Feb 1, 2016
Vanilla, flowers, grapefruit and citrus peel deliver a juicy, refreshing mouthful of fresh-squeezed lemon and lime that lingers on your palate. 91-92 Pts
1,380 Views Tasted Apr 21, 2014
|2013||Château Larrivet-Haut-Brion (Pessac-Léognan)|
Light in color, light in fruit, the wine is on the bright, crisp, tart side of the cherry and cranberry side of the style range. The tobacco notes in the nose add to its perfume. This will be best on the young side. The wine was produced from a blend of 56% Cabernet Sauvignon, 35% Merlot and 9% Cabernet Franc.
2,491 Views Tasted Feb 3, 2016
Oaky with a nutty, leafy and red berry-filled nose, the wine is medium bodied with a light red cherry finish. The wine was produced from a blend of 56% Cabernet Sauvignon, 35% Merlot and 9% Cabernet Franc. 87-88 Pts
2,148 Views Tasted Apr 21, 2014
|2012||Château Larrivet-Haut-Brion Blanc (Pessac-Léognan)|
Using a blend of 85% Sauvignon Blanc and 15% Semillon, the wine has a floral, stone, lemon, grapefruit and orange peel nose. Fresh, medium bodied and citrusy, this can be enjoyed young.
2,555 Views Tasted Mar 11, 2015
|2012||Château Larrivet-Haut-Brion (Pessac-Léognan)|
Soft, lush, ripe and open, there is a nice plummy quality to the fruit, with hints of cocoa and tobacco in the nose. The wine was produced from a blend of 56% Merlot and 44% Cabernet Sauvignon.
3,094 Views Tasted Mar 11, 2015
With smoke and bright red and dark plums, this medium-bodied, soft wine finishes with an easy-to-drink, light black cherry note. 88-90 Pts
2,194 Views Tasted Apr 25, 2013
|2011||Château Larrivet-Haut-Brion (Pessac-Léognan)|
Light in style, with an herb, olive, leaf, pepper, cranberry and cherry personality, there is a touch of dryness in the finish.
1,961 Views Tasted Feb 19, 2014
Smoke, earth, cedar wood, cassis and green leafy aromas lead to medium body and a crisp cranberry and cassis finish. 87 – 89 Pts
2,673 Views Tasted Apr 25, 2012
|2010||Château Larrivet-Haut-Brion (Pessac-Léognan)|
Larrivet–Haut Brion Medium full bodied with soft textures and a sweet, spicy berry filled finish. 89-91 Pts
3,388 Views Tasted Apr 21, 2011
|2009||Château Larrivet-Haut-Brion (Pessac-Léognan)|
From an assemblage of 70% Cabernet Sauvignon and 30% Merlot, the wine opens with scents of oak, cassis and red berries. Medium bodied, with some dryness in the tannins, this will need time before it becomes fun to drink.
5,906 Views Tasted Jan 30, 2012
|2008||Château Larrivet-Haut-Brion (Pessac-Léognan)|
Just starting to wake up and come alive, the smoky, ripe, sweet, dark cherry, plum, espresso and incense filled character pairs perfectly with the soft, elegant, round, texture and smokey, fruit in the finish.
3,032 Views Tasted Nov 5, 2016
|2008||Château Larrivet-Haut-Brion Blanc (Pessac-Léognan)|
Bright, fresh, crisp lemon, grapefruit, floral, orange and honeyed notes are all over the place. The finish is packed with fresh, sweet, citrus and green apple flavors.
3,241 Views Tasted Aug 31, 2015
|2007||Château Larrivet-Haut-Brion Blanc (Pessac-Léognan)|
Honeysuckle, lemon wax, oak, citrus oil and floral scents accompany the concentrated, fresh, spicy, lemon, lime and orange peel filled finish.
3,108 Views Tasted Sep 5, 2011
|2006||Château Larrivet-Haut-Brion (Pessac-Léognan)|
Medium bodied, with crisp, red, smoky berries, tobacco and earth. the fruits are bright with a slighty tart, tannic edge. Burgundian in style, others will probably like this wine more than I did.
5,479 Views Tasted Oct 29, 2014
|2005||Château Larrivet-Haut-Brion (Pessac-Léognan)|
Filled with blackberry, plum, smoke, dark cherry, cocoa and spice, this deep colored, round, soft, tannic beauty asks for a few more years before it really starts to open.
4,562 Views Tasted Jan 1, 2012
|2001||Château Larrivet-Haut-Brion (Pessac-Léognan)|
Elegant, charming, soft, refined, medium bodied and fully ready ready to go. The wine offers a sweet, fresh, smoky, spicy, red fruit character. Popped and poured, was all it needed.
2,784 Views Tasted Oct 21, 2016
|2000||Château Larrivet-Haut-Brion (Pessac-Léognan)|
Ready to go, this medium bodied, round, soft, smoky, tobacco, earth and plum driven wine serves up a nice potion of cherries, tobacco, earth and espresso.
4,503 Views Tasted Jan 21, 2017