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Château Haut-Brion 2018
1st Classified Growth in 1855
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The Château Haut-Brion enjoys a reputation dating back centuries, a model of longevity and excellence resulting from an exceptional terroir. The first traces of Domaine date back to 1525 when Jean de Pontac, a notable parliamentary official in Bordeaux, received it by marriage and began construction of Château in 1549, while increasing the size of the vineyard. Served at the tables of the kings of England as attested to in a 1660 archive, Château was the first to appear under its vintage name, "Ho Bryan" as expressed in 1663 by Samuel Pepys, a member of the English Parliament, in his diary.
During the famous 1855 classification, Château Haut-Brion was the only Domaine from the Graves region to appear in it, as the Ist Grand Cru Classé, sharing this distinction with four Domaines : Château Lafite Rothschild, Château Margaux, Château Latour as well as Château Mouton Rothschild since 1973.
Bought in 1935 by the American banker Clarence Dillon and run today by his descendant, Prince Robert of Luxembourg, Château Haut-Brion is based on a gravel vineyard of 51 hectares : 48ha in red dedicated to the production of the grand vin and Second wine, Clarence de Haut-Brion (44% Cabernet Sauvignon, 42% Merlot, 12% Cabernet Franc and 2% Petit Verdot), and 3ha in white dedicated to the production of the grand vin blanc Sec (52% Semillon and 47% Sauvignon blanc).
The great red wine of Château Haut-Brion is a wine of extraordinary intensity, complex and with a velvety power that leaves its mark. As for the white wine it produces, it is said to be the greatest white wine Sec of Bordeaux, mineral and smooth.
Critics Château Haut-Brion 2018.
Description Château Haut-Brion 2018.
The 2018 vintage is a great wine year for the Bordeaux vineyard. The spring saw some rainfall, but the milder month of June allowed the vines to flower beautifully. The summer is hot and dry, very beneficial to the good development of the vine, and the magnificent months of September and October offer the perfect conditions for the maturation of the grapes.
Blend of the 2018 vintage : 49.4% Merlot, 38.7% Cabernet Sauvignon, 11.9% Cabernet Franc
The color is an almost black purple, bewitching and with brilliant garnet highlights.
The nose is balanced, greedy and complex, with notes of jammy black fruits, redcurrant, peppery spices and cardamom.
The attack is mellow, to reveal a dense and voluminous texture supported by fine and particularly elegant tannins. Fruity, juicy and incredibly fresh, it has a long and exquisite finish.
Food and wine pairing:
Château Haut-Brion 2018 should be paired with meat dishes, such as pepper-crusted beef, venison jig with grand veneur sauce, roast venison in a crust, or rack of lamb.
The cheeses that will make him the most beautiful part are the morbier with truffle, the Edam, the mimolette or the Salers.
Finish it off with a chocolate dessert, such as a mi-cuit or entremets, or a pear and raspberry charlotte.
Cellaring potential and tasting:
Château Haut-Brion 2018 is a great wine for aging par excellence, with its peak between 2040 and 2045.
In order to fully appreciate it today, it is advisable to open and decant the bottle 6 to 7 hours before tasting, in the serving room at room temperature.
The bottles will be kept in the cellar, protected from light, lying down, at an optimal hygrometric degree of 70%.