2016 Chateau Haut-Brion, Pessac-Leognan (750ml) »FUTURES«

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2016 Chateau Haut-Brion
# FRHBME16BE
Country: France
Region: Bordeaux
Sub-Region: Pessac-Leognan
Grape Varietal: Merlot
Review Score: 100JS, 99WA, 99WE, 98V

This is a FUTURES item. 2016 futures will begin arriving in 2019. 7 bottles available.
$549.98
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This is a monument for Haut-Brion and reminds me of the great 1998 but in a modern and bright style. Full-bodied, very tannic and superbly structured yet always agile and vivid. Its energy and dynamic nature grabs you by the shoulder and tells you it’s great. Staggeringly precise. It can’t get better than this, can it?

100-100 points, James Suckling (Apr 2017)

The 2016 Haut Brion is a blend of 56% Merlot, 37.5% Cabernet Sauvignon and 6.5% Cabernet Franc that was picked between 19 September and 13 October. Jean-Philippe Delmas told me that this represents a touch more Merlot than last year's vintage. It clearly has a more powerful and intense bouquet compared to the La Mission Haut-Brion, although maybe not the same killer level of detail and delineation. The palate is beautifully balanced with arching tannins that insistently grip the mouth. There are layers of black fruit, minerals, sea salt and a touch of crushed violets. Unlike the 2015 Haut-Brion, this is more linear, stricter and you could argue more nimble on its toes. Yet maybe it does not quite have the same depth and labyrinthine complexity that made the 2015 such an astonishing wine. Nevertheless, this 2016 is not far behind and it will be fascinating to compare in the future.

97-99 points, Neal Martin, Wine Advocate (Issue # 230 - Apr 2017)

Structured and serious, this is complex and dense. Dark black-plum fruits are covered by powerful tannins and ample acidity. It is destined for long, slow aging.

97-99 points, Roger Voss, Wine Enthusiast (2017)

The 2016 Haut-Brion is shaping up to be one of the jewels of the vintage. Towering, powerful and intense, the 2016 is marvelously complete in all of its dimensions. Gravel, bacon fat, black cherry, smoke, leather and licorice are all pushed forward. The 2016 is quite rich, but never heavy. It is especially polished, even understated Haut Brion built more on finesse than power.

95-98 points, Antonio Galloni, Vinous (Apr 2017)