Château Haut Brion is one of the five First Growths of the 1855 Classification of the Medoc. The Château was established in 1533 by Jean de Pontac, who was the first to plant vineyards on this prime gravelly site, found in the Graves sub-region of Pessac Leognan. The Chateau is owned today by Prince Robert of Luxembourg, the great-grandson of Clarence Dillon.
It is planted to Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot, with three hectares planted to the white varieties of Semillon and Sauvignon Blanc. Château Haut Brion is the only property outside of the Medoc in the 1855 classification. A wine of class and breed, Château Haut Brion is typically more approachable in its youth, showing floral perfume and elegance, yet possesses the structure required for exceptional longevity.
Deep colour. Fresh blackcurrant, wood varnish, dark plum dark chocolate aromas. Rich and voluminous with deep set dark plum, cassis flavours and plentiful dense chocolaty/ muscular tannins, cedar new oak notes. Finishes chewy firm and minerally with superb length of fruit. Impressively concentrated wine with density, richness and clarity.
96 points, Langton's
One of the stars of the vintage, the 2014 Haut-Brion is an exceptionally beautiful and vivid wine. Super-ripe dark cherry, plum, tobacco and menthol are some of the notes that run through the 2014. Just as it did from barrel, the 2014 boasts tons of opulence, intensity and richness. Dried flowers, tobacco, menthol, licorice and smoke wrap around the huge, baritone-inflected finish. Readers should not be in any rush with the 2014, as it is likely to require a number of years before it even starts to drink well.
97 points, Vinous, Feb 2017
Beautifully perfumed with rose petals, violets and currant bush. Full body, very silky tannins and bright acidity. Tannins are super fine-grained. Goes on for minutes. Racy and refined. Persistent. Drink in 2025.
97 points, JamesSuckling.com, Feb 2017
Lots of development at the rim. Meaty and interesting with some saline quality and some veginess. Really appetising and unforced. Smooth as a baby’s bottom. Quite long but very definitely understated. 21st-century wine! Long. Very rich and exciting. Though dry on the end. Drink 2023-2043.
18.5/20 points, JancisRobinson.com, Feb 2018
The flagship 2014 Haut Brion is a beauty that packs more flavor, intensity, and depth than just about every other wine in the vintage... offers a classic bouquet of blackcurrants, wood smoke, lead pencil shavings, chocolate and tobacco leaf. With full-bodied richness, a plump, layered texture, sweet tannin, and a great finish, it’s a gem in the vintage that can be enjoyed anytime over the coming two to three decades. 2023-2053
96 points, JebDunnuck.com, November 2017
Loaded with warm tar, singed juniper, plum reduction and cassis notes that are perfectly melded, giving this a remarkably supple edge. The finish lets tobacco, bay leaf and incense accents glide in. Shows lovely mouthfeel and superior refinement overall. Best from 2020 through 2035.
96 points, Wine Spectator, Feb 2017