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Chateau Haut-Brion 2010 Pessac-Leognan Premier Grand Cru Classe

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1st Grand Cru Classé in 1855.

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The year 2010 is dry with a dry summer.

This lack of water causes a phenomenon of dehydration by concentrating the constituent elements of the grape berry and to obtain quantitative values never reached, in particular on the richness in sugar.

It is a blend of Merlot Noir: 23%, Cabernet Sauvignon: 57% and Cabernet Franc: 20%.

The robe is close to a superb ruby red, with a purplish sheen.

The nose reveals itself with agitation. The aromas follow one another in a superb fade, starting with a woody side, then come the red fruits and then the terroir by flavors of cocoa powder, roasting and Havana.

In the mouth, the sweetness of the beginning gives way to the appearance of the tannic structure. Despite a palpable density, the tannins are of a great endless finish.

It is a wine for ageing, and we take care to leave the bottles lying down in the cellar, away from light and noise, with a hygrometric degree of around 70%.

It is a wine that is close to its peak today but whose asymptote may continue to evolve until the 2040s. Successive tastings should be done in order to measure the evolution of the wine.

Size : 750ml
Appellation : Pessac-Leognan
Vintage : 2010
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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