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The Under the Radar Grand Cru Delivers Value – It’s the $29 Wine That Drinks Like Is $45+
May 9, 2020

“Under-the-Radar Estate” Delivers Value from the Prized Limestone Plateau. It Is the Tale of the Tiny and Quiet Château That Can – Under $29.99! The “Consistent Winner” and More Arrivals from the 2016 Vintage!
“The real Bordeaux is a region that produces a truly remarkable, seemingly endless number of fabulous wines that the consumer can still afford. Whatever your budget — under $25, under $50, under $100 — no region in the world comes close to matching Bordeaux for pedigreed red wines that are also relatively easy to find.” –Antonio Galloni
It may surprise you to hear this, but we appreciate this quote above from Antonio Galloni, the former Mr. Piedmont Report. While Antonio’s heart is in Italy, he too recognizes what Bordeaux has to offer outside the elite grand cru classé of the Médoc. Too often there is a misconception that Bordeaux is cost prohibitive. We would say that some of the greatest values in wine come from Bordeaux — if you know where to look. For the past seven years, I have been traveling to the region on a nonstop search for the next overachieving value finds and have discovered many wines that deserve to be experienced. And after tasting 400 wines from barrel from the vaunted vintage of 2016, we are excited to share the new arrival from Château Haut-Brisson.

Like its prized sibling, Tour St-Christophe, Château Haut-Brisson is another one of those off-the-beaten-path, historic St-Émilion properties to watch. From the château’s sacred limestone plateau, situated between the ancient villages of Bardes de Saint Château and St-Émilion, comes a wine with striking approachability and classic minerality, and it’s beginning to turn a lot of heads and earn striking reviews at this price point. It is simple: the 2016 Haut-Brisson is one of those rare, down-to-earth finds under $30 that drinks like it is over $45. As you may know, the excitement for 2016 remains with wines that arrive direct from Bordeaux. All of the critics have now chimed in on the 2016 Bordeaux vintage in bottle, and the general consensus is that the “wines have a classism that reminds…of the great wines of the 1980s, but they have much more precision and clarity…. It is a second coming of age of Bordeaux.”

For IWM team, the 2016 Bordeaux vintage begins with the overachieving values of St-Émilion. Robert Parker was right about the little Château Haut-Brisson years back when he said, “This under-the-radar estate is turning out some very good wines…a consistent winner in every vintage I have tasted to date” as the newest releases of 2016 and 2018 are the “best ever” from this humble grand cru château. Cheers once again to managing director Jean-Christophe Meyrou, winemaker Jerome Aguirre, and the Haut Brisson team for overdelivering on quality but not price! This château continues to be the rising star to watch!

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Additional Notes and Reviews:

2016 Haut Brisson, St-Émilion Grand Cru
Christopher Deas, Italian Wine Merchants: “Tasted six times. Here’s a wine to get excited about. Big and juicy, there is a glycerin texture to the wine with glassy tannins. And while there is an expansive mouthful of fresh fruit, the wine remains light on its feet thanks in part to the balancing limestone minerality. The wine truly has elements of the Rhône and Saint-Emilion, and you can expect to find nuances of red and black fruit, creme de cassis, succulent blackberries, plum, black cherry, black olives, crushed lavender, and chalky minerality. It’s a lot of wine, a mouthful with energy that will age and provide approachability.”

Antonio Galloni, Vinous: “The 2016 Haut Brisson is terrific. Plush and succulent in the glass, with tons of textural intensity, the 2016 has so much to offer. Dark red cherry, chocolate, mocha and spice all build in a beautifully textured, racy Saint-Émilion that is already quite delicious. The 2016 has really come together quite nicely over the course of its aging.”

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