Pessac-Leognan Chateau Haut-Brion 2006 (First Growth): When he purchased Château Haut-Brion in 1935, Clarence Dillon restored it to its former glory and to the elite circle of the most legendary wines in the world. This extraordinary, bold, courageous vision is now continued by the fourth generation of the family, represented by Prince Robert of Luxembourg, Chairman since 2008. Located in the town of Pessac, just a few kilometres from Bordeaux, Château Haut-Brion – the first of the three estates acquired by the Dillon family – is the oldest wine growing property in the region. Weather condition: The 2006 vintage is the fruit of a very contrasted climate. During that year, the environmental conditions were changing in a very unusual manner, passing from one extreme to another, throughout the entire year. Fortunately, spring and summer were both in general hot and dry. One hundred seasonal workers labouring day after day for three full months allowed winemaker to wait patiently for the absolute peak of each variety of grape.

Tasting notes: Elegance would be the word that best describes this wine. Its colour is a very deep red. The nose, at first reserved, opens up softly and slowly. Notes of minerals are followed by red berries, then an earthy whiff dominated by an aroma of fresh ground coffee beans. Before you know it the wine charms you with all of its incredible complexity. The mouth is silky. The treatment of this vintage’s special tannins renders them astonishingly suave. Their freshness carries them along eventually towards an unending length on the palate. Great vintage of Château Haut-Brion. Alc 14.5% Grapes: 57% Merlot, 41% Cabernet Sauvignon, 2% Cabernet Franc

Note: 2006 is a good vintage. Average points: 91. Powerful, tannic, broad shouldered wines that require cellaring. The drinking window is about to open for these wines. The best ones came from Pomerol, the Medoc, especially Pauillac and Pessac Leognan. More in wine beyond

Pessac-Leognan Chateau Haut-Brion 2006 (First Growth)

  • TYPE Still

    57% Merlot,

    41% Cabernet Sauvignon,

    2% Cabernet Franc

    STYLE Red
    ABV 14.5%
    SIZE 75cl
    COUNTRY France
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