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June 16, 2016

Chateau Haut Brion 2015

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Chateau Haut Brion 2015
98-100 Pts WA, 97-98 Pts JS

6×75 – £2,075 EP

and

Le Clarence de Haut Brion 2015
93-94 Pts JS, 91-93 Pts WA

12×75 – £890 EP
6×75 – £445 EP

IG Wines offer a choice of bottling for en primeur orders, see below.

2015 En Primeur Expected Spring 2018 

Haut Brion 2015, like La Mission Haut Brion, is the peak of the vintage, the most striking wine we tasted from barrel. It has been awarded 98-100 from Neal Martin of the Wine Advocate, one of his few potential perfect scores. Martinis vociferous about just how good Haut Brion 2015 is, ‘it offers a profundity that is unmatched across Bordeaux in this vintage. Having had the pleasure of many great wines from this estate in the past – 1945, 1955, 1959, 1961 and 1989 – the 2015 belongs among that pantheon.’ As such the 2015 surpasses the 2005, 2009 and 2010 and probably the most likely wine to get a straight 100 points from the Wine Advocate from bottle. It is hard to climb down from comparing it to the 1945 and 1989, which are considered two of the greatest wines ever made.

Today’s release price is of £2,075 per case of six bottles, represents a 43% discount to the current trading price of the 2010, (£5,950), a 30% discount to the 2009 (£5,400) and 36% discount to the 2005 (£5,650). As such there is a real incentive to buy the 2015 on release, it has already sold out on the place de Bordeaux and there will be a flurry of secondary market trading at a higher price and possibly a second tranche release! Haut Brion have played ball this morning and the market will respond favourably. This 2015 is as good as Martin states, a wondrous Haut Brion for the ages, one he thinks will challenge the 1989, which trades at £13,000 per case of 12 and even the 1945, which costs £7,000 per bottle. This is strictly first come first served.

Haut Brion JS WA Price Release Price
2015 97-98 98-100 £4,150   £4,150  
2014 95-96 93-95 £2,650 £2,320
2013 92-93 90-92 £2,550 £2,400
2012 96 98 £3,000 £2,800
2011 96 95 £2,850 £3,750
2010 97 100 £5,950 £7,596
2009 100 100 £5,400 £7,800
2008 94 96 £2,900 £1,790
2007 n/a 92 £2,800 £2,450
2006 n/a 96 £2,950 £2,950
2005 100 100 £5,650 £3,500
2004 n/a 92 £2,890 £950

In 2015 Haut Brion’s second wine, Le Clarence de Haut-Brion exemplifies the qualities of its perfect first wine. Neal martin says ‘The palate is medium-bodied with grippy tannin, layers of dark berry fruit tinged with tobacco and cedar, gaining weight towards the finish that fans out with a sense of conviction.’  His description is axiomatic of Haut Brion and Le Clarence truly is a baby brother in 2015. For many years the second wines of the First Growths have outperformed their elder siblings for investment, with collectors the world over wanting access to a more accessible more price efficient version of the Grand Cru. Le Clarence 2015 is a gorgeous wine, awarded 93-94 from James Suckling and 91-93 from Neal Martin and as such, could be their finest ever!

Haut Brion is the only First Growth found outside of the Medoc, it is located in Graves in central Bordeaux.  As the name suggests the top vineyards in this commune boast abundant gravel. Haut Brion and La Mission Haut Brion also have more sand in their vineyards than the Haut Medoc, accounting for the higher degree of Merlot planted and enhanced harmony and elegance of the wine. In the early 20th Century, Clarence Dillon, an American banker acquired Haut Brion. Dillon’s great-grandson Prince Robert of Luxembourg is the current custodian.  Most vintages are medium bodied, its richness and power on the palate balance beautifully with its trademark distinctive tobacco flavour common to Graves. Haut Brion is famed for its smoky spice flavours and can be recognised by a distinct aroma of truffles and fine Havana Cigars.

Also released and available:

  • La Mission Haut Brion 2015, 12x75cl, £3,160 – 100 Pts
  • La Chapelle de la Mission Haut Brion 2015, 12x75cl, £630 – 94-95 Pts
  • Pavie 2015, 12x75cl, £2,650 – 100 Pts
  • Angelus 2015, 12x75cl, £2,650 – 99-100 Pts
  • Pichon Lalande 2015, 12x75cl, £995 – 95-97 Pts
  • Palmer 2015, 12x75cl, £2,160 – 99-100 Pts
  • Lynch Bages 2015, 12x75cl, £870 – 95-96 Pts
  • Pichon Baron 2015, 12x75cl, £995 – 96-98 Pts
  • Domaine de Chevalier Rouge 2015, 12x75cl, £470 – 96-97 Pts
  • Duhart Milon 2015, 12x75cl, £500 -90-92 Pts

Click HERE for a review of the Bordeaux En Primeur 2015 Campaign to date

Chateau Haut Brion 2015

Neal Martin, 98-100 Points
The 2015 Haut Brion, a blend of 50% Merlot, 8% Cabernet Franc and 42% Cabernet Sauvignon, was picked between 8 September and 5 October, and is matured in the same level of new oak (78%) and IPT (75) as the La Mission. It has a heavenly bouquet that like the La Mission bestows instant gratification – a veritable kaleidoscope of aromas so crystalline that you can pick them out one by one: dark plum, blackcurrant, Kalamata olive and graphite. It is tempting to just nose this all day. The palate has an indescribably stunning balance and like the La Mission, there is a paradoxical sense of intensity married to weightlessness. Everything here is so precise, so pure and yet as it crescendos towards the finish, it offers a profundity that is unmatched across Bordeaux in this vintage. Having had the pleasure of many great wines from this estate in the past – 1945, 1955, 1959, 1961 and 1989 – the 2015 belongs among that pantheon.

James Suckling, 97-98 Points
A structured and powerful Haut-Brion with so much finesse and beauty. Complex and long. It’s full and ultra-refined. Super length and polish. A formed and sexy Haut Brion. 

Le Clarence de Haut Brion 2015

Neal Martin, 91-93 Points
The 2015 Le Clarence de Haut-Brion is a blend of 57% Merlot, 1% Cabernet Franc and 42% Cabernet Sauvignon picked between 8 September and 5 October. Compared directly with the La Chapelle Mission Haut-Brion, I find that this does not quite possess the same delineation at the moment. This is broodier and more introspective in the glass. The palate is medium-bodied with grippy tannin, layers of dark berry fruit tinged with tobacco and cedar, gaining weight towards the finish that fans out with a sense of conviction. This should turn out to be an authoritative deuxième vin that will probably be consumed in its youth, but clearly possesses the substance to repay ageing. Those with wise heads will afford it 5-6 years in bottle.

James Suckling, 93-94 Points
Racy and refined second wine with polished and pretty tannins. Full body. Pretty. 

To buy this wine please reply to this email or telephone +44 (0)203 195 8055. Offer subject to availability. 

En Primeur - Why buy through IG Wines:

  • We only work with the largest and best financed negociants in Bordeaux
  • We guarantee delivery of all wines purchased en primeur
  • We are owned one third by a large family office and very well-financed
  • Since our foundation in 2011 we have grown our client base to over 1,500 private clients in ten different countries

IG Wines offer a choice of bottling for en primeur orders:

  • Bottles (12x75cl or 6x75cl) – No Charge
  • Halves (12×37.5cl or 24×37.5cl) – £12.00 per case
  • Magnums (6x150cl or 3x150cl) – £7.00 per case
  • Double Magnums (3 x 300cl) – £50.00 per case
  • Imperials (1 x 600cl) – £25.00 each