1999 Larrivet Haut-Brion Rouge, Pessac-Léognan
Well done. Dark ruby, with lovely aromas of plum, dark chocolate and berry. Medium- to full-bodied, with velvety tannins and a long finish.
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
This perfumed, sexy effort is dominated by complex aromas of scorched earth, Provencal garrigue notes, and black cherries. It is medium-bodied, with serious concentration, moderate tannin, and a long finish. This plum/garnet-colored wine will benefit from 2-3 more years of cellaring. Anticipated maturity: 2005-2015.
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.