Haut Brion 2014


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Tasting Notes

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. The blend is 50 % Merlot, 39 % Cabernet Sauvignon and 11 % Cabernet Franc.

Score: 97Antonio Galloni, vinous.com, February 2017

The 2014 Haut-Brion has a generous, quite rich bouquet, a little leathery with just a suggestion of menthol that I have remarked upon in previous bottles. It is attractive but quite open and forward for such a young wine. The palate is medium-bodied with a menthol-tinged entry that sets you up for a very medicinal wine. It is nicely balanced with crisp acidity and quite a savoury, herbal finish that does not quite reflect the vintage. This showed better a few months ago. Tasted blind at the annual Southwold tasting. 2025 - 2060

Score: 93+Neal Martin, vinous.com, March 2018

The 2014 Haut Brion is a blend of 50% Merlot, 11% Cabernet Franc and 39% Cabernet Sauvignon picked between 11 September and 10 October, cropped at 42.9 hectoliters per hectare and raised in 70% new oak. As I observed when I made the comparison in barrel, the Haut Brion exudes more red fruit than La Mission Haut Brion, adorned with wild strawberry, bilberry, tobacco and again, just that hint of menthol in the background. The palate is very fresh and taut on the entry. The acidity is very nicely pitched and there is a touch of marmalade and blood orange that is tangible at the back of the mouth. There is real frisson to this Haut Brion, not quite as seductive and as smooth as its sibling over the road, but very persistent in the mouth. I noticed that over 15 to 20 minutes that the Haut Brion just gained more and more complexity, putting a small distance between itself and La Mission, as if determined to mock my opinion in barrel that La Mission would have the upper hand! Be my guest. Haut Brion has an inch, just an inch ahead of its "rival" sibling. Drink date 2021 - 2050

Score: 96Neal Martin, Wine Advocate (Interim En), April 2017

The Château Haut-Brion 2014 is a blend of 50% Merlot, 11% Cabernet Franc and 39% Cabernet Sauvignon picked between 11 September and 10 October cropped at 42.9 hectoliters per hectare raised in 70% new oak (Jean-Philippe Delmas has been lowering the new oak in recent vintages.) The fruit seems a little “redder” than La Mission at this stage with vibrant wild strawberry, blackcurrant and a pinch of dry tobacco, a hint of menthol developing with time in the glass. The palate is medium-bodied with fine tannin, that tobacco element becoming a little stronger in the mouth, a little foursquare but like La Mission Haut-Brion, focusing upon precision rather than power. Of course, a superb contribution to the vintage, but I'd place my bets on the "Mish", at least on these barrel tastings. Drink 2019-2040.

Score: 93/95Neal Martin, Wine Advocate (218), April 2015

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.

Score: 97James Suckling, JamesSuckling.com, February 2017

Dense and tight now with blackberries, blueberries, iodine, minerals and currants. Full-bodied, firm and closed, yet there's a persistence and length that is most impressive. Polished and very classy.

Score: 95/96James Suckling, JamesSuckling.com, March 2015

Tasted blind. 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

Score: 18.5Jancis Robinson MW, JancisRobinson.com, February 2018

Without doubt one of the world's greatest and most individual wine estates. The family traditions continue here with Jean-Philippe Delmas running the wine-making as his father and grandfather did before him and Clarence Dillon's great-grandson Robert de Luxembourg in overall charge of this wonderful property. Haut Brion - unlike the other First Growths - has never had a bad period and, for our money, is the most consistently great wine of Bordeaux. 50% Merlot, 11% Cabernet Franc and 39% Cabernet Sauvignon. Deep ruby colour. Brooding black fruit on the nose. Big and powerful but still quite tight and unyielding. A wonderful precision and a whiff of stony terroir and minerality giving real Graves typicity. Smoky and perfumed after some swirling in the glass with violets and exotic spices. The palate is silky smooth with velvety, ripe, and very fine tannins. Pure black cherry, violets, and spring flowers. Excellent purity, power, and refinement. Generous, rich, complex, and enduring. A great wine for the vintage.

Score: 18.5Farr Vintners, March 2015

The flagship 2014 Haut Brion is a beauty that packs more flavor, intensity, and depth than just about every other wine in the vintage. A blend of 50% Merlot, 39% Cabernet Sauvignon and 11% Cabernet Franc that was harvest between the 11th of September and the 10th of October, it 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

Score: 96Jeb Dunnuck, 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. 10,800 cases made.

Score: 96James Molesworth, WineSpectator.com, February 2017

Black fruits dominate the nose floral fragrant slightly smoky with lots of violets. The fruit on the palate is sweet the tannins fine the mid palate rich with depth suppleness. There is lovely balance freshness under the richness and although light and elegant at the back the finish has depth of flavour. 2025-40

Score: 93/96Derek Smedley MW, April 2015

Haut-Brion is often the least showy of the first growths at this stage and that's the case once more in 2014. It's a pretty backward wine, dominated by acidity and tannin at the moment, but with its grassy, leafy fruit lying just below the surface. Elegant and restrained, it's a connoisseur's red.

Score: 96Tim Atkin MW, timatkin.com, April 2015

Score: 95+Decanter Magazine, April 2015

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