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2012 Haut-Brion, Pessac-Léognan

SKU #1223219 98 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

Outer quote mark The 2012 Haut Brion (65% Merlot, 33% Cabernet Sauvignon, 2% Cabernet Franc) is certainly one of the candidates for the wine of the vintage, with a dense purple color, classic nose of crushed rock, lead pencil shavings, black raspberry, blueberry and flowers. The wine shows subtle barbecue smoke notes in the background, but is full-bodied, stunningly concentrated and builds incrementally, yet finishes with luxurious, almost extravagant amounts of fruit and intensity. From only 46% of the production, this is an absolutely remarkable effort from the Dillon family and their winemaking team of the two Jean-Philippes. Drink it over the next 30-40 years. (RP) Inner quote mark (4/2015)

97 points Vinous

Outer quote mark A big, powerful wine, the 2012 Haut-Brion possesses stunning richness and intensity, with all of the depth that is lacking in so many other wines in this vintage. Not here. The 2012 possesses remarkable depth and tons of raw, animal power that is going to require considerable time in bottle to soften. Readers should be in no rush; the 2012 Haut-Brion is a wine for the ages. Smoke, graphite, dried herbs and blue/purplish stone fruits grace the exotic, alluring finish. (AG) 96+ Inner quote mark (1/2016)

96 points James Suckling

Outer quote mark Amazing aromas of wet stones, earth, currants and berries. Subtle and complex. Full body and a beautiful core of ripe fruit on the palate and the finish. Round, light, chewy tannins. Needs at least four or five years to open. This is the most Merlot ever in Haut-Brion. Rich too. One of the wines of the vintage. 65.5% Merlot, 32.5% Cabernet Sauvignon, and 2% Cabernet Franc. Inner quote mark (2/2015)

96 points Wine Enthusiast

Outer quote mark Firm and solid, this is one of the successes of 2012. It’s properly dark and tough at this stage, with that serious intent that’s a hallmark of Haut-Brion. Layers of firm tannins are interspersed with blackberry fruits and juicy acidity. The wine is dense and concentrated, with the wood aging still showing. This powerful wine will need many years. Drink from 2024. *Cellar Selection* (RV) Inner quote mark (5/2015)

95 points Decanter

Outer quote mark Dense velvety red, rich earthy black fruits on the nose, both lively and smooth, terrific class is there with the ripe Haut-Brion tannins that give a subtle grip to the very polished, Merlot-dominated fruit. (SS) Inner quote mark (4/2013)

95 points Wine Spectator

Outer quote mark This combines power and refinement, with a singed alder frame around a dense core of red and black currant, plum and blackberry fruit. Notes of bay, black tea and tar line the finish. Has a lovely, fine-grained feel that lets the dark, hefty fruit drape beautifully. The tobacco element hangs in the background. Sneakily long. (JM) Inner quote mark (3/2015)

Jancis Robinson

Outer quote mark Tasted blind. Dark ruby – relatively pale. Very light and restrained on the nose. Then dense and fully ripe, almost concentrated. Such density with an edge of florality. Good mouthful and almost approachable already. Luminous. Good freshness. 18/20 points. (JR) Inner quote mark (1/2016)

K&L Notes

96+ points Neal Martin for Wine Advocate: "Tasted blind at the Southwold 2012 tasting, the 2012 Haut-Brion has an open and generous bouquet with blackcurrant pastille, cassis and briary aromas the exude very pure Merlot. The palate is medium-bodied with a sumptuous opening that is rare in 2012: rounded and generous, caressing in the mouth with black plum and blackcurrant towards the finish, residues of truffle and white pepper lingering on the aftertaste that turn very savory after 15 minutes—bacon fat or Italian cured meats. There is a lot to love about this Haut-Brion although in this blind showing I scored it the same as La Mission Haut-Brion. Who will stick their neck out as the two wines mature? Tasted January 2016." (10/2016)


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By: Clyde Beffa Jr. | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 9/29/2015 | Send Email
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65% Merlot makes for a softer version of this great first growth. Tons of blackberry aromas mixed with minerals and stones. Great balance and one wine you can drink in a few years with one hour decanting. And it is half the price of the 2010.
Drink from 2020 to 2030

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