2011 Larrivet Haut-Brion, Pessac-Léognan (Pre-Arrival)
Initially, this wine shows spice and round fruit notes, followed by a tannic structure. The wine has weight, with a feeling of balanced wood and plenty of juicy flavors on the finish.
This shows lots of excellent concentration of fruit and ripe tannins, with currant, berry and light wet-earth character. It’s full-bodied and structured. Extremely well done for the vintage. Better than from barrel. Try this in 2016.
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Fully saturated purple-ruby. Complex, captivating aromas of cassis, violet and minerally herbs. Bright and juicy, with lively acidity lifting and extending the dark fruit and mineral flavors. Finishes chewy and persistent, with a hint of herbaceousness at the back that is supported by the wine's strong fruit.
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
A sexy, open-knit 2011, Larrivet Haut-Brion exhibits lots of cherry, cassis and smoky, spicy notes as well as a meaty, seductive style with excellent texture, medium to full body and no hard edges. Performing well already, this fleshy effort will be even better in 3-4 years, and will last for 15-20.
Offers a loamy edge, pushing the core of plum and black currant confiture along, followed by roasted apple wood and smoldering tobacco notes. Displays a solid bass line and should unwind with moderate cellaring. Best from 2016 through 2023. (Web-2014)
Originally a quite large property called Château de Canolle, the estate was reduced in size a number of times, went through a number of owners, and changed its name in the 1870s to "Haut-Brion-Larrivet", oddly close to the name of their first growth neighbor Chateau Haut Brion but in fact with no connection at all. After some tussles with their neighbors and some legal battles over the use of the name 'Haut-Brion' the estate has been known by its current name, "Chateau Larrivet-Haut-Brion". Purchased in 1988 by the Gerverson family (of Bonne Maman fruit jams) the estate has made marked improvements in quality and it shows in their consistently good reception and reviews. It lingers under the radar just a bit, and was not included in the 1855 classifications but this estate is well worth exploration by Graves fans. The red vineyards are planted to 55% Merlot, 40% Cabernet Sauvignon and 5% Cabernet Franc and the white vineyards to 60% Sauvignon Blanc, 30% Semillon and 5% Muscadelle.