2015 Haut-Brisson, St-Emilion (Pre-Arrival)

SKU #1253275 94-95 points James Suckling

 A wonderful red with beautiful precision and depth. Full body, texture of fine silk. Blackberry and violet character. Hints of walnuts. So persistent. A much more refined style for Haut-Brission. First year without Reserve bottling. Best ever. From organically grown grapes.  (4/2016)

91-93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 Until the 2015 vintage, all the fruit from Château Haut Brisson came from down towards Château Teyssier; however, in 2013 Peter Kwok bought a parcel located on the limestone plateau in Saint-Etienne-de-Lisse, which obviously will impact and hopefully improve the quality. The 2015 Haut Brisson is a blend of 90% Merlot and 10% Cabernet Franc cropped at 34 hl/ha and matured in 35% new oak. It has a potent, perfumed bouquet with violet-inked cassis and blueberry fruit that is very well defined. The palate is medium-bodied with fine tannin. This is a little more structured and classier than previous vintages, though there is some chocolaty oak on the finish that needs to be fully subsumed by the time it is bottled. Give this 2-3 years in bottle, because it is a very well-crafted Haut Brisson, though I think even better is to come. (NM)  (4/2016)

90-93 points Vinous

 The 2015 Haut Brisson is powerful, explosive and full of personality. This is an especially dark, brooding St.-Émilion built on full-throttle richness and opulence. But there is also plenty of character, especially for such an intense style. Haut-Brisson is 90% Merlot and 10% Cabernet Franc. (AG)  (4/2016)

91-93 points Wine Enthusiast

 The new wood flavors are strong here. They go with a minty character and bright acidity. The wine is dry and concentrated, with a firm core as well as juicy black fruits. It is beginning to balance well. (RV)  (4/2016)

92 points Jeb Dunnuck

 Made by Jérôme Aguirre, who previously worked at Christine Péré-Vergé's vineyards in Pomerol, utilizing Michel Rolland as a consultant, the 2015 Château Haut Brisson is a gem based on 90% Merlot and 10% Cabernet Franc that was raised in 35% new French oak. This medium to full-bodied, concentrated, intellectual 2015 offers a lifted, perfumed style in its cassis and assorted black/blue fruits, dried violets, Asian spice, and earthy, gravely, mineral-nuances. With solid mid-palate depth, a light, graceful texture, fine tannin and impressive length, I’d give bottle 4-5 years of cellaring and enjoy over the following 10-15 years. It’s a beautiful wine. Tasted twice.  (11/2017)

K&L Notes

Robert Parker once called Haut-Brisson "one of St-Emilion's most attractive over-performers," and "generally available for a realistic price." The 2015 is no different. Our team thought it offered superb value for the vintage and is one of the best 25 buys under $30. This is also Haut-Brisson's first vintage without a reserve wine, making it one of the strongest releases yet.

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Staff Image By: Trey Beffa | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 4/15/2016 | Send Email
Barrel tasted April 9, 2016: Dark color, aromatic fresh nose, tons of fruit in the mouth with a round velvety texture. The finish is long and spicy. This wine shows great finesse and opulence. Excellent!

Staff Image By: David Driscoll | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 4/15/2016 | Send Email
This wine has an intensely aromatic nose of cassis and dark raspberry with a mouthful of juicy fruit balanced by great acidity. The tannins were gritty and chewy on the finish, and the flavors were overall fresh and satisfying. We all thought this was a great deal at the chateau, and I'm excited that value wines like the Haut Brisson are part of the 2015 vintage en primeur launch. A case of this is likely going into my cellar as well.

Staff Image By: Clyde Beffa Jr. | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 4/15/2016 | Send Email
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Surely one of the great values of the 2015 vintage. 90% Merlot and 10% Cab Franc. There is no longer a Haut Brisson Reserve-this is the only wine they make. No wonder it is so good. Fabulous black fruit aromas that follow to the palate. Plenty of structure for aging but a sweet core of fruit. All this for under $25? Can't miss.
Drink from 2018 to 2025

Staff Image By: Alex Pross | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 4/15/2016 | Send Email
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Beautiful red cherry fruit with cinnamon notes and hints of spice. The fruit here has a crunchy feel because of how fresh it is thanks to the good acidity. The finish is a tad exotic with notes of mocha and oatmeal on the finish.
Top Value! Drink from 2018 to 2025

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Saint Emilion