2010 Larrivet-Haut-Brion, Pessac-Léognan (Pre-Arrival)

SKU #1067050 93-94 points James Suckling

Outer quote mark Very spicy and intense, with dark berries and sweet tobacco. Full and velvety. Very long and intense. Inner quote mark (4/2011)

93 points Decanter

Outer quote mark Powerful and intense, with deep dark chocolate, black cherry and blackcurrant ... black everything. It has more depth of flavor than the 2011 vintage, although both are exceptional wines with lots to offer. Very tannic, this is austere but doesn't show any bitterness. 65% of production was used in the grand vin, matured in 33% new oak. (JA) Inner quote mark (7/2018)

92 points Vinous

Outer quote mark The 2010 Larrivet Haut-Brion has a very deep color. It offers blackberry and black olives on the nose, hints of cassis and violet, a very engaging set of aromatics. The palate is medium-bodied with saturated tannins. This is a gutsy, concentrated, powerful Margaux that has great purity and a velvety finish. Plush and sensual, this punches well above my expectations despite not reaching the heights of its peers. (NM) Inner quote mark (4/2020)

92 points Wine Spectator

Outer quote mark Dense, winey and energetic, but also supple and alluring, with steeped plum and boysenberry fruit inlaid with hints of singed anise, violet and warm stone. The tarry finish strides with authority, revealing ample grip for cellaring. A strong showing for this estate in '10. (JM) Inner quote mark (3/2013)

91 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

Outer quote mark A sleeper of the vintage from this under-the-radar estate, this is a complex, fragrant, sexy style of wine with deep ruby purple color, loads of red and black fruits intermixed with caramelized character, supple tannins, a savory and expansive mid-palate and finish, and sweet tannin. I found this wine extremely endearing and far better from bottle than it had shown from barrel. (RP) Inner quote mark (2/2013)

K&L Notes

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.

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By: Ralph Sands | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 2/5/2013 | Send Email
Elegant and tasty.

By: Clyde Beffa Jr. | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 2/5/2013 | Send Email
*V At UGC: Black fruit aromas, with a nice palate entry loaded with flavor and a lingering finish. Fresh and vibrant. Could be a sleeper.

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