Chateau Haut-Brion Pessac-Léognan Premier Grand Cru Classé – 2008

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Chateau Haut-Brion




Bordeaux Red Blend




Chateau Haut-Brion


Chateau Haut-Brion






Premier Cru

Cuvee Bottling


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Tasting notes

Tasted: 02/01/2018
Drink: 2025-2055
Author: Neal Martin

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Robert Parker
Tasted: 01/05/2011
Drink: 2011-2041

This is profound! 2008 Haut-Brion: The extraordinary 2008 Haut-Brion is a candidate for -wine of the vintage.- Composed of 50% Cabernet Sauvignon, 41% Merlot and 9% Cabernet Franc, it reveals more evolution and complexity in its large-scaled perfume. The dense purple color is followed by a sweet nose of creosote, asphalt, blueberries, black currants and jammy raspberries,...

...sweet tannins, a savory, fleshy mouthfeel and a stunning finish. This incredibly pure, noble wine was produced from one of the estate-s smallest crops (only 7,000 cases produced versus the usual 12,000 cases). It should drink well for three decades or more.

Robert Parker
Tasted: 01/04/2009

Production for the 2008 Haut-Brion represents only 35% of the grapes harvested, and while production can be over 12,000 cases in an abundant vintage, 2008 will be one of their smallest ever, with only 7,000 cases produced from a blend of 50% Cabernet Sauvignon, 41% Merlot, and 9% Cabernet Franc. The 2008 reminds me of a hypothetical blend of the 1996 and 1998. It is a classic,...

...elegant, but substantial Haut-Brion with a dense ruby/purple color as well as crushed rock, spring flower, blueberry, and black currant characteristics presented in a vivid, vibrant, full-bodied style that cuts an ethereal feel across the palate. Haut-Brion is somewhat akin to Cheval Blanc in that it can be seemingly light on the palate, but very intense in flavor. That is the case with the 2008. There is plenty of tannin, but it is very ripe. This impressive, deep wine requires patience, and a ten year wait is mandatory. This formidable Haut-Brion should have a 40-50 year lifeline.
Tasted: 15/06/2012
Drink: 2018-2033

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Area under vines: 48.35 hectares
Soils: mixture of clay, sand and clay
Average age of the vines: 35 years
Production: 10 000 to 12 000 cases a year
Ageing: in 80% new oak for 18–22 months
Grape varieties:
  • Merlot 45,4%
  • Cabernet Sauvignon 43,9%
  • Cabernet Franc 9,7%
  • Petit Verdot 1%

Second wine: La Clarence de Haut-Brion (previsouly Bahans) 
  • Average Annual Production: 5000 to 7000 Cases
  • Ageing: in 20-25% new oak for 18–22 months

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    Chateau Haut Brion, 135 Avenue Jean Jaures, Pessac, Bordeaux, France
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