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Chateau Haut-Brion 2005 Pessac-Leognan Premier Grand Cru Classe

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4.8/5   (6 Guides)

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1er Grand Cru Classe en 1855.

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2005 is a historically dry year. Despite a wet April, the rains will remain scarce until the harvest. Temperatures are high throughout the year. 2005 presents climatic conditions very close to those of the legendary 1949 vintage. These allowed us on the eve of the harvest to obtain small grape berries.

It is a blend of Merlot Noir: 56%, Cabernet Sauvignon: 39% and Cabernet Franc: 5%

The color is so dense that the wine appears almost black, atramentary.

On the nose, the aromatic intensity of this wine is breathtaking. Notes of smoke, tan, roasted coffee beans. The fresh fruit is also present: currant, cherry. From the start, this wine surprises with its density.

It is long, creamy, broad, powerful and fresh. It invades you, penetrates you. Power and harmony are the distinctive features of this vintage. The aromatic persistence is incredibly long.

It is a wine to keep for which care will be taken to allow the bottles to age in the cellar, lying down, away from light and noise with a humidity of around 70%.

It is a wine which is bordering on its peak nowadays but whose asymptote can continue to evolve until the 2040s. Successive tastings are to be done in order to measure the evolution of the wine.

Size : 750ml
Alcohol Degree : 14,5%
Appellation : Pessac-Leognan
Vintage : 2005
Color : Red
Classification : 1st Classified Growth

This wine estate Château Haut-Brion dates back to 1525 and it was in 1550 that its owner built the north wing.

The vineyard spreads on a gravelly soil on a sandy-clay base.

The vineyard has a surface area of 51 hectares (48 hectares for red and 3 hectares for white), with an average age of 40 years old for reds and 30 years old for whites. Production amounts to 160 barrels per year for red and 9 barrels for white depending on the year, which is 192.000 bottles for red and 11.000 bottles for white, and an average yield per hectare of 3.000 litres for red and 2.800 for white.

Grape varieties for red : Cabernet Sauvignon 44%, Merlot Noir 42 % et Cabernet Franc 14 %.

Grape varieties for white : Sémillon 52%, Sauvignon 47% et Petit Verdot 1%.

The whole harvest is done by hand and the wine is entirely mature in barrels of which 70 to 100% in new barrels depending on the year for 12 months for white and 18 months for red before being bottled.

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Guide reviews Average : 4.8/5 (6 reviews)
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Wine Spectator 100/100
Wine Enthusiast 98/100
Bettane & Desseauve 19/20
Revue du Vin de France 18/20
Jean-Marc Quarin 96/100
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