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We just received the 2018 St Emilion Grand Cru Chateau Haut Brisson. This was a hugely popular wine when we carried the 2015 vintage and sold out quickly whenever we were able to get our hands on it. We recently learned the 2018 was available so we asked for a sample and we loved it!

This is a serious wine, aromatically expressive and full of delicious, perfectly ripened dark fruit flavors that speak so highly of the vintage. Surprisingly complex, the dark fruit is framed perfectly by the high-quality French oak adding notes of cocoa and Asian spices. On the palate, the tannins are already nicely integrated, lending a smooth, mouth-filling quality to this delicious Bordeaux. Ripe dark plums, blueberry, cassis and chocolate are so seductive.

The critics also attest to the quality of this wine with James Suckling awarding Haut Brisson a score of 95 Points stating it is the "Best ever." He also loved its incredible depth, richness and purity. The famous enologist, Michel Rolland was retained to assist and as usual brought his prowess to bear. This Bordeaux-bred flying winemaker has consulted on a who's who of clients around the world including highly regarded Bordeaux estates such as Angelus, Ausone, Leoville Poyferre, Pape Clement, Pavie and Smith Haut Lafitte. He has also worked with Harlan and Bond in Napa as well as the great Super-Tuscan producer, Ornellaia in Italy among many others.

The terroir of these vineyards is composed primarily of gravel and sandy soils and the vines average 30 years of age. Chateau Haut Brisson has identified the differing soil types and vinifies each plot separately before blending. The wine is then aged for four months on its post-malo lees before being placed in French oak barrels for an additional 12 to 15 months.

In years past, the Chateau produced a reserve wine, but beginning in 2015 put all of these superior grapes into this bottling which accounts for its increased quality.

The 2018 Haut Brisson offers immediate pleasure and is thoroughly enjoyable with a short decant. It is also capable of aging if that is your desire. Either way, this is a great buy on a delicious Bordeaux.

JAMES SUCKLING 95 POINTS - "This is a very powerful and structured Haut-Brisson, showing incredible depth and richness. Full-bodied and layered with incredible depth and purity. Layers of fruit and tannin. Best ever." March, 2019

"Aromas of blueberry and chocolate with some walnut and blackberry, following through to a medium-bodied palate with a solid core of fruit, creamy tannins and a flavorful finish. Nice cedar and sandalwood undertones. Refined and polished." Feb, 2021
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