Chateau Haut Brisson St. Emilion Bordeaux Wine, Complete Guide

Haut Brisson Chateau Haut Brisson St. Emilion Bordeaux Wine, Complete Guide

Learn everything about Chateau Haut Brisson St. Emilion with wine tasting notes and wine with food pairing tips. Learn the best vintages, a history of the property, and information on the vineyards and winemaking. If you want to read about other important, Bordeaux Chateaux: Links to all Bordeaux Wine Producer Profiles

Chateau Haut Brisson History, Overview

Chateau Haut Brisson, was located solely in the Vignonet sector of Saint Emilion, not far from Chateau Monbousquet and Chateau Teyssier after the estate was bought in 1997 by Peter Kwok.

Following the initial purchase, the new owner wanted to discover how far he could push the quality envelop for his Right Bank chateau. Before he could do that, Peter Kwok began purchasing additional parcels of land and increasing the size of their vineyards.

When Peter Kwok made the original purchase, the estate was only 8 hectares. Through additional purchases, today, Chateau Haut Brisson been able to vastly increase the size of their vineyards.

The next change took place when Peter Kwok bought the estate of Chateau Tourans. Once that sale was completed, the 12.6 hectare vineyard was divided into both of their Saint Emilion vineyards, 8 hectares was added to Tour Saint Christophe.

The remaining vines were placed into Haut Brisson. All the winemaking and barrel aging was moved to Chateau Tourans. Today, most of the vines used for Haut Brisson come from their new parcels located in the cooler, clay rich terroir found in the commune of St. Etienne de Lisse.

Starting with the 2005 vintage at Haut Brisson, they introduced the small production, 400 case Haut Brisson La Reserve. This higher end cuvee was made from a selection of their best parcels and the finest parcels from their vineyards. The wine was aged in 100% new, French oak barrels. However, La Reserve Haut Brisson is no longer being produced.

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Chateau Haut Brisson Vineyards, Terroir, Grapes, Winemaking

The 17.94 hectare vineyards of Haut Brisson is planted to 65% Merlot, 25% Cabernet Franc and 10% Cabernet Sauvignon. The terroir is gravel and sand soils. The vines are close to 30 years of age.

Starting with the 2012 vintage, Chateau Haut Brisson Reserve began to use micro vinification techniques for a portion of the harvest, close to 35% of the crop for Haut Brisson is produced using Micro vinification, which consists of vinifying a portion of the wine in 225-liter barrels.

Malolactic fermentation takes place in barrel. The wine is then aged for four months on its post-malo lees before being placed in 100% new, French oak barrels for an additional 12 to 15 months.

Haut Brisson Reserve is also made from an average of 98% Merlot and 2% Cabernet Franc, which is a completely different blend than the standard cuvee. Production of Haut Brisson La Reserve ranged from 400 to 600 cases per vintage.

In 2015, the chateau made a decision to take Haut Brisson in a new direction when they made the right decision and stopped producing their reserve wine. All the top grapes are now placed into Chateau Haut Brisson.

The amount of new French oak barrels used in the aging process has been reduced to an average of 30%, adding more freshness and less of an overt oak presence. Both these steps really pushed the wine into a positive direction. Having just tasted several vintages, for my palate, the 2015 and 2016 Haut Brisson vintages are clearly the best wines the estate has ever produced!

There is a second wine, Haut Brisson La Grave. Haut Brisson was certified organic in 2010. They are now farming more of their estate using biodynamic farming techniques. Michel Rolland is the consultant and Jean-Christophe Meyrou is the director. Production of Chateau Haut Brisson is on average 7,000 cases of wine per vintage.

When to Drink Chateau Haut Brisson, Anticipated Maturity, Decanting Time

Chateau Haut Brisson can be enjoyed on the young side with decanting. Young vintages can be decanted for an average of 1-2 hours. This allows the wine to soften and open its perfume.

Older vintages might need very little decanting, just enough to remove the sediment. Chateau Haut Brisson is usually better with at least 4-6 years of bottle age. Of course that can vary slightly, depending on the vintage character. Chateau Haut Brisson offers its best drinking and should reach peak maturity between 5-15 years of age after the vintage.

Serving Chateau Haut Brisson with Wine and Food Pairings

Chateau Haut Brisson is best served at 15.5 degrees Celsius, 60 degrees Fahrenheit. The cool, almost cellar temperature gives the wine more freshness and lift.

Chateau Haut Brisson is best paired with all types of classic meat dishes, veal, pork, beef, lamb, duck, game, roast chicken, roasted, braised and grilled dishes. Haut Brisson is also good when matched with Asian dishes, rich fish courses like tuna, mushrooms and pasta.

Today, Chateau Haut Brisson is managed by the daughter of Peter Kwok, Elaine Kwok. In 2012, Peter Kwok added to their holdings in the Right Bank of Bordeaux when he purchased Chateau La Patache in Pomerol. He retained La Patache and created a new wine from his best terroir in Pomerol that is sold under the name of Enclos Tourmaline.

The purchase in Pomerol was much to the chagrin of other established owners in that sector, as they were hoping to buy the land as well.

That purchase was closely followed by another acquisition when Peter Kwok bought a vineyard located in the eastern portion of Saint Emilion, Tour Saint Christophe, which was followed by another vineyard acquisition, Chateau Berliquet. Peter Kwok also owns Enclos de Viaud in the Lalande de Pomerol appellation.

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Château Haut-Brisson Wine Tasting Notes

13 Vintages 48,797 Views Sort by Vintage-Rating

2017Château Haut-Brisson  (St. Émilion Grand Cru)91

With a good depth of color, the wine is round, the textures are soft, the fruit has ripeness and in the finish you\\\'ll find sweet cherries, licorice and freshness at its core. The wine was produced from a blend of 90% Merlot and 10% Cabernet Franc.

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2016Château Haut-Brisson  (St. Émilion Grand Cru)93

With a strong sense of minerality, silky tannins, lush, salty fruit and pepper, this wine is smoky, fresh, concentrated and packed with ripe pit fruit. The wine was produced from a blend of 90% Merlot and 10% Cabernet Franc, reaching 14.4% alcohol with a pH of 3.8.

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2015Château Haut-Brisson  (St. Émilion Grand Cru)92

Spicy, smoky, floral and filled with ripe cherries, you also find incense, espresso and spice box notes. On the palate, the wine is soft, supple, and rich. The finish is all abut the juicy plums and a hint of bitter chocolate in the finish. The reduction in the amount of new, French oak barrels used for the aging process has added a lot more freshness and energy to the wine. The first vintage made with their new parcels, and they no longer produce a reserve wine has created the best vintage of Haut Brisson ever made!

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The first vintage made with their new parcels, and they no longer produce a reserve wine has created the best vintage of Haut Brisson ever made! The wine is deeply colored with a spicy, smoky, floral and dark cherry profile. On the palate, the wine is sweet, elegant, fresh and delivers a succulent mouthful of juicy plums and a hint of bitter chocolate in the finish. The reduction in the amount of new, French oak barrels used for the aging process has added a lot more freshness and energy to the wine.

4,252 Views   Tasted 92
2014Château Haut-Brisson La Réserve  (St. Émilion Grand Cru)89

Florals, black raspberries and thyme emanate from this 85% Merlot and 15% Cabernet Franc blend. With more concentration and better purity of fruit than the standard Haut Brisson, this wine ends with fresh sweet cherries and licorice. 88-89 Pts

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2014Château Haut-Brisson  (St. Émilion Grand Cru)89

Medium bodied forward and already expressive, you find smoke, espresso, round textures and an elegant, red berry character. The wine was produced from a blend of 85% Merlot and 15% Cabernet Franc.

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Smoky, thyme and stone aromatics open to a medium bodied, elegant expression of fresh red fruits. The wine was produced from a blend of 85% Merlot and 15% Cabernet Franc. 87-88 Pts

1,843 Views   Tasted 87
2013Château Haut-Brisson La Réserve  (St. Émilion Grand Cru)89

With black raspberry, coffee and licorice on the nose, the wine has good freshness to the fruit and some weight on the palate, which comes from yields of only 8 whopping hectoliters per hectare. Vinified with a light touch, the wine leaves you with soft, delicate raspberries in the finish. From 90% Merlot and 10% Cabernet Franc, the wine reached 13.25% alcohol. 88-90 Pts

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2013Château Haut-Brisson  (St. Émilion Grand Cru)87

From low yields of 10 hectoliters per hectare, this easy-drinking wine is soft, light and forward, showcasing smoky berries and licorice. This will be best in its youth. 86-88 Pts

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2012Château Haut-Brisson La Réserve  (St. Émilion Grand Cru)90

Fresh cherry liqueur, licorice and herbs the nose, move to a soft, and completely approachable wine with a lot of charm and personality, that will drink well early.

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From 98% Merlot and 2% Cabernet Franc, the wine offers red berries, silky tannins and a forward, dill, oak and cherry finish. 89-91 Pts

1,813 Views   Tasted 90
2012Château Haut-Brisson  (St. Émilion Grand Cru)89

Licorice, jammy blackberries, medium bodied, approachable red fruits with a complex saline quality in the finish.

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With oak, bright cherry fruit, chocolate-covered cherry and a round finish. 87-89 Pts

2,037 Views   Tasted 88
2010Château Haut-Brisson La Réserve  (St. Émilion Grand Cru)89

Deeply colored, filled with dark fruit, licorice and earthy aromas. Dense and structured, this St. Emilion from the Vignonet should age well. 88-90 Pts

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2009Château Haut-Brisson La Réserve  (St. Émilion Grand Cru)92

Deep in color, with a nose filled with licorice, coffee, black plum jam, earth and black cherry, the wine is deep, rich, supple, concentrated and long. This is probably as good as any wine can get from this sandy terroir of St. Emilion.

6,653 Views   Tasted
2005Château Haut-Brisson La Réserve  (St. Émilion Grand Cru)90

Fresh, open, lively and offering a licorice, black cherry, smoke and earthy personality, the wine is soft, open and ends with sweet, black raspberries.

3,674 Views   Tasted
2005Château Haut-Brisson  (St. Émilion Grand Cru)89

The truffle and licorice nose get you going. Simple, smooth and easy drinking, this is showing at a good level of potential today.

3,611 Views   Tasted