2004 Larrivet Haut-Brion, Pessac-Léognan

SKU #1110843 90 points Wine Spectator

 Aromas of chocolate, cedar, tobacco and berries. Full-bodied, with chewy tannins and a long finish. Concentrated. The best since 2000. Best after 2011.  (3/ 2007)

89 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 Classic Graves aromatics of soy, cedar, underbrush, sweet currants and cherries along with a hint of smoke/burning embers are followed by a wine possessing excellent fruit, medium body, sweet tannin, and a seductive, lush personality. It may merit an outstanding score with another year or two of bottle age. Consume it over the next 12-15 years.  (6/ 2007)

Jancis Robinson

 Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot. Mid crimson. Some attractive development and freshness and only the merest hint of toast. Just about ready to enjoy - sweet even if not that subtle.  (5/ 2011)

Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Red-ruby. Black cherry on the moderately ripe nose. Not particularly concentrated, but supple, round and fleshy, with a chocolatey ripeness. A rather gently styled wine with good depth and length. In a small group tasting of Graves wines, this was quite appealing, while a number of other wines, a few of which normally perform well at this early stage, came off as distinctly green, inky, clenched or dry, including Fieuzal, Carbonnieux, Latour Martillac, Olivier, Rahoul and Bouscaut.  (5/ 2005)

K&L Notes

One of my favorite lesser-known properties in Bordeaux. The reds are always quite delicious and readily approachable. This 2004 is no exception. Cigar smoke, black currants, plums and Asian spices. Medium-bodied with no hard edges. Expansive, sweet tannins, loads of spice as well as black currant and cherry fruit; it can be drunk now or cellared for 10 more years. (Clyde Beffa, K&L Bordeaux Buyer)

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By: Steve Bearden |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 3/8/2014  | Send Email
Aromas of gravely earth, hot rocks, baked cherries and a whiff of smoke jump from the glass when this is poured. Ripe currant fruit, minerals and spice are present in the middle which is surprisingly rich for the vintage and appellation. OK, maybe not a baby Haut-Brion, but you get the idea.

By: Mellyn Craig |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 2/8/2014  | Send Email
Personally, when my first descriptor for a wine during a tasting is “Chocolate”, it is most likely going to become a favorite! Along with chocolate, there are juicy cherry and red current fruits that are still making this wine fresh on the palate. However, there are plenty of dusty tannins with some earth floor notes that give this wine some heft. This wine has steak written all over it and is drinking beautifully right now. Guess what I’m having for dinner tonight?

By: Joe Manekin |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 1/24/2014  | Send Email
Tasted recently, this showed very meaty, with intense dark fruit and loads of structure. The wine seems to have put on weight since the last time I tasted it. If this is an indication of where 2004 vintage Pessac wines, it makes me wish that I had bought a lot more. Lots of BDX, and lots of value, for the money!

By: Gary Westby |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 1/22/2014  | Send Email
What an elegant Pessac! This bottle of Bordeaux is drinking very nicely at 10 years old, and delivers a classy experience for a small price. With a combination of poised, ripe Cabernet fruit and the earthy, leathery flavors that Graves is famous for, this wine delivers the goods. All it needs is a juicy New York and a loaded baked potato!
Drink from 2014 to 2024

 By: Chris Bottarini |  Review Date: 2/16/2013 
Inky-purple in the glass. Just bursting with vanilla, roasted espresso beans, toasted oak & spice. A gorgeous, full bodied PL that is both rich & structured with drying tannins. We did a 3 way pairing tonight with this against a 98 Gran Reserva Rioja & a 98 Haut Medoc & this one was the winner by a landslide. If I could drink Bordeaux like this all the time I would never complain!

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Varietal:

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 Médoc 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.
Country:

France

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Sub-Region:

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.