2015 Haut-Brisson, St-Émilion (Pre-Arrival)
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.
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)
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)
Barrel Sample. 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)
Robert Parker once called Haut-Brisson "one of Saint-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.