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A Rare First Growth Haut Brion Library Collection. More than a Decade Direct From Bordeaux!
A Special IWM Presentation

The Most Individual Claret of the First Growths: Chateau Haut Brion! A Rare Library Collection (2006-2018) Direct from Bordeaux - Including the 500 Point Release and the Montrachet of Pessac – the Haut Brion Blanc and More…


“…vintages from 1978 onward have always proved to be among the finest wines produced in Bordeaux, as well as personal favorite…
Robert Parker


As a follow-up to the response of our La Mission Haut Brion library offering a few weeks back, we went back to Bordeaux and requested access to the prized and truly historic RN 250 neighbor – Chateau Haut Brion. Robert Parker is not alone with this sentiment above, for many, the iconic red of Chateau Haut Brion is the most singular expression of Bordeaux; the rich, savory and earthy wine from the ancient gravelly soils of the Graves region and the sub-appellation of Pessac-Leognan draws few comparisons even from the other First Growths.

Today, we celebrate the historic Chateau with our largest offering of Haut Brion ever assembled – including the historic 100-100-100-100-100 release from 2016, the 2015 that Neal Martin states, “having had the pleasure of many great wines from this estate [Haut Brion] in the past - 1945, 1955, 1959, 1961 and 1989 - the 2015 belongs among that pantheon,” the 2010, a wine that Robert Parker stated, “Haut-Brion produced a 2010 that should turn out to be one of its all-time greats ... an amazing feat given what they have accomplished over recent vintages,” as well as the 2009 where he declared, “…21st century version of the 1959.”

We worked hard over the past few weeks to assemble these exciting vintages to present to you today. And while we have included the iconic releases from 2016, 2015, 2010, 2009, and 2005, the real value in these wines often comes from the sleeper years like 2014, 2012, and 2006, where the chateaux and Jean-Philippe Delmas over delivered. Sure, there are bottles of the 2005, 2009, and 2010 available from auction, and on the market for less, but many of those bottles have bounced around between three or four addresses over the past ten years. These wines have never left Bordeaux. You simply will have a difficult time finding a better bottle of Haut Brion or this kind of selection elsewhere.

Lastly, do not miss what is the most arguably the most severely allocated white in the world next to DRC’s Montrachet, the Haut Brion Blanc. There is a lot of information listed below for your review, as we believe an offer of this size warrants additional insight on the wines. Should you wish to learn more on the wines, please do not hesitate to contact myself or your Portfolio Manager. These wines are available in extremely limited quantities, some of these wines and formats are unavailable elsewhere. As a result, wines are available on a first-come, first-served basis.


Featured Wines: Chateau Haut Brion and La Mission Haut Brion (2006-2018) – Direct from Bordeaux



Note: wines are pre-arrival direct from Bordeaux

As for the La Mission Haut Brion, the reality is this unique and historic wine that dates back to 1533 often challenges the Bordeaux Big 8 and even surpassing the quality achieved by its sibling at Chateau Haut Brion. And like Haut Brion, the wine captures the rich, savory, smoky and earthy side from the ancient gravelly soils of the Pessac-Leognan region, but with more concentration drawing few comparisons even from the other First Growths. We are including what is one of Bordeaux’s benchmark wines, the 2009 (100WA) a bottle that Parker states “will take its place alongside the many great wines made here since the early 1920s,” as well as the 2005, a wine that both Parker and Suckling rated as surpassing Haut Brion and “…reminiscent of the 1989, with more structure.” In 2015 the wine achieved 100-point perfection from James Suckling and is a “must-buy” for collectors, and looking through our barrel tastings, this expansive, tongue coating wine was just a hair under Haut Brion. It should be noted, production is relatively small at roughly 5,000 cases

ADDITIONAL NOTES AND ADDITIONS:


2016 HAUT BRION
100 Points, Antonio Galloni, Vinous:
The 2016 Haut-Brion is quite possibly even more magnificent from bottle than it was from barrel. Powerful and rich, yet not at all heavy, the 2016 is a wine of nearly indescribable beauty. Haut-Brion is often a thrilling wine, but it is rarely this finessed in its youth. Gravel, cure meat, tobacco and cedar are some of the many nuances that develop with air, but it is an extraordinary sense of harmony that really stands out. What a wine!” January 2019

100 Points, Lisa Perrotti-Brown, The Wine Advocate: “The 2016 Haut-Brion is blended of 56% Merlot, 37.5% Cabernet Sauvignon and 6.5% Cabernet Franc. Medium to deep garnet-purple colored, the nose is at once profound and arresting, offering drop-dead gorgeous Morello cherries, lilacs and red rose scents with a core of Black Forest cake, warm blackcurrants and blueberry preserves plus wafts of sandalwood and underbrush. Medium-bodied, the elegantly crafted palate is completely packed with intense floral, mineral and cassis-laced flavors with a firm frame of very finely pixelated tannins and seamless freshness, finishing very long and achingly stunning.” November 2018

100 Points, Jane Anson, Decanter: “This has a little more reticence initially on the nose than La Mission, but after a few minutes the rich texture begins to reveal itself, with charcoal, tobacco, dark plum and damson fruits that are straining at the leash. It has hidden power and subtle oak toasting - this clearly feels no need to shout about its presence, but there will be plenty to discover over time. You can feel those tannins licking around your teeth, building up one layer at a time. A great wine En primeur that has settled into greatness. Drinking Window 2026 - 2046.” December 2018

2015 HAUT BRION
100 points, Lisa Perrotti-Brown, The Wine Advocate: "A blend of 50% Merlot, 8% Cabernet Franc and 42% Cabernet Sauvignon, the medium to deep garnet-purple colored 2015 Haut-Brion is reticent to begin, languidly revealing crushed black cherries, ripe black plums and wild blueberries with sparks of cinnamon stick, cloves, nutmeg, espresso, unsmoked cigars, tapenade, crushed rocks and lavender. The full-bodied palate possesses wonderfully complementary contrasts of bold black and blue fruit richness and delicately nuanced cherry fruit, baking spices and floral accents, strutting ripe, finely pixelated tannins and seamless acidity that is placed firmly in the background, finishing very long and with plenty of attitude. This impeccably poised, exquisitely perfumed 2015 Haut-Brion possesses the most alluring yet seemingly effortless beauty. While it bears only a passing resemblance in its opulent personality to the now legendary 1989, like that vintage the 2015 cannot fail to hedonically satiate and intellectually edify all lovers of great Bordeaux who drink it. What’s more, it also has the blue-blooded tenaciousness to remain this jaw-droppingly impressive, throughout its many guises over time, and for a very, very long time." February 2018

100 Points, Jeb Dunnuck: "The 2015 Haut Brion is a perfect wine that couldn’t be any better and is certainly at the top of this great vintage. A blend of 50% Merlot, 42% Cabernet Sauvignon, and the balance Cabernet Franc, this full-bodied, concentrated, backward, yet sensationally pure 2015 boast knockout notes of blackcurrants, smoked tobacco, ground herbs, and graphite, with a terrific damp earth/minerality quality emerging with time in the glass. Straight, focused, and built like a skyscraper, with a stacked mid-palate, forget bottles for 7-8 years and enjoy over the following three to four decades." November 2017

2014 HAUT BRION
97 Points, Antonio Galloni, Vinous: "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." February 2017

2012 HAUT BRION
98 Points, Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate: [Wine of the Vintage] “The 2012 Haut Brion (65% Merlot, 33% Cabernet Sauvignon, 2% Cabernet Franc) is certainly one of the candidates for the wine of the vintage, with a dense purple color, classic nose of crushed rock, lead pencil shavings, black raspberry, blueberry and flowers. The wine shows subtle barbecue smoke notes in the background, but is full-bodied, stunningly concentrated and builds incrementally, yet finishes with luxurious, almost extravagant amounts of fruit and intensity. From only 46% of the production, this is an absolutely remarkable effort from the Dillon family and their winemaking team of the two Jean-Philippes. Drink it over the next 30-40 years.”

2010 HAUT BRION
100 Points, Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate: “The wine is ethereal. From its dense purple color to its incredibly subtle but striking aromatics that build incrementally, offering up a spectacular smorgasbord of aromas ranging from charcoal and camphor to black currant and blueberry liqueur and spring flowers, this wine's finesse, elegant yet noble power and authority come through in a compelling fashion. It is full-bodied, but that's only apparent in the aftertaste, as the wine seems to float across the palate with remarkable sweetness, harmony, and the integration of all its component parts - alcohol, tannin, acidity, wood, etc. This prodigious Haut-Brion is hard to compare to another vintage, at least right now, but it should have 50 to 75 years of aging potential. Anticipated maturity: 2022-2065+.” March 2013

100 Points, Neal Martin, Vinous: “Tasted blind at the Southwold Bordeaux 2010 tasting. The Haut-Brion 2010 is a stunning wine that provoked a few perfect scores around the table. It is blessed with a compelling bouquet with superb precision and focus: wonderful mineralite, slightly conservative and withdrawn and yet displaying immense clarity and terroir expression. With continued aeration there is just a hint of the sea surfacing and one never detects the 14.6% alcohol. The palate is backward, tannic and broody, but immensely powerful and multi-layered. This is a multi-dimensional wine, very long and persistency in the mouth with a bewilderingly complex finish.” Tasted January 2014.

2009 HAUT BRION
100 Points, The Wine Advocate, Robert Parker: “What a blockbuster effort! Atypically powerful, one day, the 2009 Haut-Brion may be considered to be the 21st century version of the 1959. It is an extraordinarily complex, concentrated effort made from a blend of 46% Merlot, 40% Cabernet Sauvignon and 14% Cabernet Franc with the highest alcohol ever achieved at this estate, 14.3%. Even richer than the perfect 1989, with similar technical numbers although slightly higher extract and alcohol, it offers up a sensational perfume of subtle burning embers, unsmoked cigar tobacco, charcoal, black raspberries, wet gravel, plums, figs and blueberries. There is so much going on in the aromatics that one almost hesitates to stop smelling it. However, when it hits the palate, it is hardly a letdown. This unctuously textured, full-bodied 2009 possesses low acidity along with stunning extract and remarkable clarity for a wine with a pH close to 4.0. The good news is that there are 10,500 cases of the 2009, one of the most compelling examples of Haut-Brion ever made. It requires a decade of cellaring and should last a half century or more. Readers who have loved the complexity of Haut-Brion should be prepared for a bigger, richer, more massive wine, but one that does not lose any of its prodigious aromatic attractions.”

100 Points, Lisa Perrotti-Brown, The Wine Advocate: "The 2009 Haut-Brion is deep garnet colored and slightly closed and shy to begin, slowly unfurling to reveal sensuous notions of warm blackberries, plum preserves, mulberries and blackcurrant cordial with touches of star anise, mocha and damp soil. Full-bodied, taut and tightly wound in the mouth, the palate delivers mouth-coating black fruit and mineral layers with a very firm frame of ripe, grainy tannins, finishing long and earthy. This needs time!" March 2019

2006 HAUT BRION
96 Points, The Wine Advocate, Robert Parker: “The 2006 Haut-Brion performed even better from bottle than it did from barrel. Sixty-four percent of the production went into this wine, and while it displays the vintage’s powerful tannins and structure, it possesses superb concentration, and the minerality/scorched earth notes of a great Haut-Brion. Medium to full-bodied, with perhaps not quite the fleshiness of the 2005 or 2000, it is built more along the lines of the 1998 and 1996. It is a brilliant effort displaying sensational purity, texture, and length that should be exceptionally long-lived.” February 2009

96 Points, Neal Martin, The Wine Advocate: "Tasted at Bordeaux Index's annual 10-Year On tasting in London. The 2006 Château Haut-Brion has a more ostentatious bouquet than the comparatively reserved La Mission: quite feisty blackberry, briary, kirsch and red plum scents, hints of leather and sage tucked just underneath. This is a bouquet determined to make an impression! The palate is medium-bodied with supple tannin, well-judged acidity, a gentle build to a concentrated, earthy, truffle-tinged finish that lingers long in the mouth. This seems to have the upper-hand over the La Mission and probably has a longer future. A thoroughbred from Jean-Philippe Delmas and his team." January 2016.

2005 HAUT BRION
100 Points, The Wine Advocate, Robert Parker: “The mineral-laced 2005 Haut Brion (56% Cabernet Sauvignon, 39% Merlot and 5% Cabernet Franc) is exquisite. With its elegance and finesse, it is not as powerful as La Mission, but the nobility and complexity of the aromatics, incredible fragrance (subtle smoke and blue, red, and black fruits) that persists in the glass, full-bodied mouthfeel (though very light and delicate on its feet), and incredible length characterize this great Haut-Brion. It is just starting to drink well, and should continue to do so for at least another three decades. It is a tour de force in winemaking, but only 9,000 cases were produced. Drink 2015-2045. June 2015

100 Points, Antonio Galloni, Vinous: "One of my wines of the night, the 2005 Haut-Brion is stratospheric. Remarkably vivid and nuanced, the 2005 presents a compelling mélange of dark flavors laced with the savory/mineral notes that are so typical of Haut-Brion. The 2005 is a thrill to follow in the glass, as it continually reveals new shades of its personality, something I consider a common attribute among all of the world's truly great wines. The dense, explosive finish points to a very bright future. Readers who own the 2005 should be thrilled, as it is truly magnificent. November 2015

2017 HAUT BRION (BLANC)
98 Points, James Molesworth, Wine Spectator: "Intense, offering a rich array of creamed yellow apple, chamomile, jasmine, Key lime, white peach, tangerine and salted butter notes all melded together and backed by a whiff of meringue. Showy and rich, with accents of macadamia nut and shortbread peeking through, beautifully defined by a racy quinine edge for balance. Will age effortlessly. Sauvignon Blanc and Sémillon. Best from 2023 through 2040." March 2020

2014 HAUT BRION (BLANC)
97 Points, Neal Martin, The Wine Advocate: "The 2014 Haut Brion Blanc has a very pure bouquet with scents of peach skin, Cornice pear and those resinous/candle wax aromas that I remarked upon during en primeur. This has more sophistication than the La Mission Haut Brion Blanc, a little more tension. The palate is medium-bodied with a silky smooth entry, perfect acidity, wonderful tension and energy. Notes of orange pith, a squeeze of lime, flint and smoke are conveyed on the finish that demonstrates outstanding persistence. This is a great Haut Brion Blanc, but it will require a decade in the bottle before it will show what it can really do." March 2017

2009 HAUT BRION (BLANC)
100 Points, James Suckling: "A white of incredible energy and depth of fruit with a grapefruit, stone and peach character. Some hints of minerals and tropical fruit too. It's full and agile with a great backbone of acidity. A blend of 60% sauvignon blanc and 40% sémillon. Usually inverted at 60% semillon and 40% sauvignon. This underwent malolactic fermentation and was aged 14 months in new wood. A truly phenomenal white. 100 points."

2016 LA MISSION HAUT BRION
99 Points, Neal Martin, Vinous: “The 2016 La Mission Haut-Brion was stunning from barrel, and now in bottle. It has a sublime bouquet of blackberries, briar and hints of dark chocolate and rose petals that gain intensity with aeration while maintaining ethereal delineation. It never steps on the accelerator too hard. The palate is medium-bodied with fine tannin. There is still a veneer of new oak that will need to be assimilated over the coming years. This is a deep La Mission that caresses the mouth. Touches of graphite lingering on a finish that fans out gloriously. Is the 2016 up there with the 1955 or 1989? Nearly.” (1/2019)

2015 LA MISSION HAUT BRION
100 Points, James Suckling: “The purity in this wine is really mindblowing. So perfect. Licorice. Stone. Blackberry, blueberry. Full body. The power is amazing. But then it finishes etheral and so agile and beautiful. I am lost for words. This will rank with the best ever from here including 1975 and 1929. 58% merlot, 35% cabernet sauvignon, and cabernet franc.”

98 Points, Jeb Dunnuck: "More opulent, sexy and concentrated, the 2015 La Mission Haut Brion is a tour de force that has everything you could want from Bordeaux. A huge nose of smoke tobacco, gravelly earth, graphite, cassis, and blackcurrants gives way to a full-bodied, concentrated, perfectly balanced beauty that has incredible depth of flavor and intensity, yet with no weight. While the overall impression is upfront and in your face, it has incredible elegance and length on the finish (as well as ripe tannin), and will keep for three decades. " 11/17

2014 LA MISSION HAUT BRION
95 Points, Neal Martin, Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate: “The 2014 La Mission Haut Brion is a blend of 54% Merlot, 1% Cabernet Franc and 45% Cabernet Sauvignon, picked between 15 September and 8 October and raised in 55% new oak. It has retained that engagingly fresh and vibrant bouquet, the bashful nature that it showed in barrel replaced by a more outgoing personality. This is an exquisite bouquet with pure black fruit, cold stone, a touch of black olive and later a suggestion of boysenberry preserve. The palate is still structured and considering that a majority is Merlot, quite masculine. There remains some new oak to be fully assimilated, although there is clearly the fruit to soak that up. It comes more alive on the second half with a lovely spiciness and impressive persistence. It will have more to give down the line and the strictness implies that this La Mission Haut Brion should be afforded a decade in the cellar before it will show what it can do.” (3/2017)

2010 LA MISSION HAUT BRION
(100 Points, The Wine Advocate) 98+ Points, Robert Parker: A strong candidate for a perfect score in about 15 years, the 2010 La Mission Haut-Brion could well turn out to be a modern-day version of their 1955. This full-bodied, colossal giant of a wine is one of the goliaths of the vintage. Dense purple, it offers up notes of lead pencil shavings, charcoal embers, blueberry and blackberry liqueur along with massive concentration, a multi-dimensional mouthfeel and a monumental finish that goes well past a minute, which I think might be a record for a young Bordeaux. The final blend was 62% Cabernet Sauvignon, 37% Merlot, and – unlike the Chapelle de la Mission, which has 26% Cabernet Franc – there’s only 1% Cabernet Franc in the 2010 La Mission Haut-Brion.” (2/2013)

2009 LA MISSION HAUT BRION
100 Points, Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate: “A candidate for the wine of the vintage, the 2009 La Mission-Haut-Brion stood out as one of the most exceptional young wines I had ever tasted from barrel, and its greatness has been confirmed in the bottle. A remarkable effort from the Dillon family, this is another large-scaled La Mission that tips the scales at 15% alcohol. A blend of equal parts Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot (47% of each) and the rest Cabernet Franc, it exhibits an opaque purple color as well as a magnificent bouquet of truffles, scorched earth, blackberry and blueberry liqueur, subtle smoke and spring flowers. The wine’s remarkable concentration offers up an unctuous/viscous texture, a skyscraper-like mouthfeel, sweet, sumptuous, nearly over-the-top flavors and massive density. Perhaps a once-in-a-lifetime La Mission-Haut-Brion, the 2009 will take its place alongside the many great wines made here since the early 1920s. The good news is that there are nearly 6,000 cases of the 2009. It should last for 50-75+ years. Given the wine’s unctuosity and sweetness of the tannin, I would have no problem drinking it in about 5-6 years. The final blend was 47% Merlot, 47% Cabernet Sauvignon and 6% Cabernet Franc.” (8/2012)

2006 LA MISSION HAUT BRION
97 Points, Jane Anson, Decanter: “Colour still tight and inky at 10 years old. Smooth, silky, very expressive; this is so powerful it almost lulls you into a false sense of security with the tannin integration on the first attack. Deceptively concentrated, this has persistency and freshness, plus layers of crushed black fruits, tar, cigar smoke and saffron. Right up there with the best wines of the tasting.” (6/2016)

2005 LA MISSION HAUT BRION
100 Points, Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate: There are slightly more than 5,000 cases of the 2005 La Mission-Haut-Brion, a blend of 69% Merlot, 30% Cabernet Sauvignon, and a touch of Cabernet Franc. While there is little difference between La Mission and Haut-Brion’s terroirs (their vineyards are only separated by a two-lane road), La Mission possesses more fat, texture, and intensity. An enormously endowed wine with huge tannin and structure, the 2005 offers a quintessential Graves bouquet of burning embers, charcoal, blackberries, truffles, black currants, and a meaty character. Reminiscent of the 1989, with more structure as well as a longer window of drinkability, the 2005 may be a modern day, improved version of a vintage such as 1955, which was well-endowed, very tannic, and took a long time to come around. While fabulously full-bodied and unctuous, the 2005 will not provide much charm in its youth. It needs 8-10 years of cellaring, and should age effortlessly for 30-40 years.” (4/2008)

This is an email ONLY offer! Should you have any questions on these exciting wines, or would like to take advantage of this offer (that is only available until 11:59, Thursday 10/8 or while supplies last), we are asking that you email orders back to me at chris.deas@italianwinemerchants.com , connect with your Portfolio Manager or mention receipt of this offer if calling the store. All orders are subject to confirmation.

All my best,

Chris