2014 Larrivet Haut-Brion, Pessac-Léognan Rouge

SKU #1287846 92 points James Suckling

 The cranberry and cherry notes on the nose are pretty, and this wine also has a firm core of ripe tannins and good concentration with some real sophistication on the finish.  (2/2017)

91 points Vinous

 The 2014 Larrivet Haut-Brion is superb. Ripe red cherry, plum, spice, rose petal and savory herbs are neatly fused together. Succulent, fleshy and inviting, the 2014 is showing exceptionally well today. This supple, racy Pessac-Leognan should drink well right out of the gate. (AG)  (2/2017)

91 points Wine Enthusiast

 This is the second wine of Larrivet Haut-Brion. It is rich with tannins and juicy with black-currant acidity. As befits a second wine, it is developing well and easily. Drink from 2021. While it shares the same name as Château Haut-Brion, there is no ownership or location connection between the two properties. (RV)  (4/2017)

90 points Wine Spectator

 Fleshy and warm in feel, featuring plum and blackberry compote notes that hang over tar and bramble accents. Well-integrated overall, with the tarry element providing grip through the broad finish. (JM)  (3/2017)

Jancis Robinson

 60% Merlot, 40% Cabernet Sauvignon. A collaboration between Ginestet and Château Larrivet Haut-Brion. Sweet cedar character alongside savoury blackcurrant fruit. Serious and classic, with plenty of concentration. A good wine for the price. Liquorice finish. (RH)

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Staff Image By: Jacques Moreira | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 10/9/2017 | Send Email
Nice lifted aromatics of cherries and other red fruit, followed by a floral note that makes it a very attractive wine. Good tannin and acid structure, along with its fruit, lend this wine a nice balance. I would enjoy now after decanting, but it can be cellared for sure.

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Cabernet Sauvignon and Blends

- Cabernet Sauvignon has come a long way from its role as a blending varietal, however dominant, in the wines of Bordeaux. Today it is the most planted red varietal in the world. Identified as a descendent of Cabernet Franc and Sauvignon Blanc, the late-ripening Cabernet Sauvignon needs to be planted in warmer climates to fully ripen. Its small berries can easily be identified for their distinctive blue color, thick skins and high tannins. And while the varietal has its own definitive characteristics: green pepper-like aromas and black currant flavors among them, it is perhaps most prized for its ability to convey terroir, vintage and winemaking. A relatively new varietal, Cabernet Sauvignon started making inroads into the wines of the M├ędoc and Graves in the late-18th century. Today it is also dominant in the up-and-coming Entre-Deux-Mers region of Bordeaux and can also be found in Southwest France. It is the companion varietal to Sangiovese in Italy's Super Tuscans and is planted all over Europe, stretching to lesser-known winegrowing regions like Russia and Lebanon. In the Americas Cabernet Sauvignon has found champions in every nook and cranny of California and among winemakers in Washington, where it complements plantings of Merlot. In South America, Cab thrives in Chile, but can also be found in smaller amounts in Argentina and even in Mexico.
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France

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Bordeaux

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Specific Appellation:

Pessac-Leognan/Graves

- Graves is the large red and white wine region located to the southeast of the city of Bordeaux along the Garonne River. Cabernet Sauvignon dominates the red wines from the area, while the whites are mixtures of Sauvignon Blanc and Semillon. The most important area within the Graves is the village of Pessac-Leognan. Most of the great chateaux, including Haut Brion, a premier cru and the only wine outside of the Medoc to be included in the 1855 Classification, are located in this small appellation. Graves derives its name from the rocky, stony terrain of the region. Many people believe that the stony soil radiates the day's heat at night and thus makes the grapes ripen earlier than the other regions in Bordeaux.