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Chateau Haut-Brion 2018 Pessac-Leognan 1er Grand Cru


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1st Classified Growth in 1855

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The 2018 vintage is a great wine year for the Bordeaux vineyard. The spring saw some rainfall, but the milder month of June allowed the vines to flower beautifully. The summer is hot and dry, very beneficial to the good development of the vine, and the magnificent months of September and October offer the perfect conditions for the maturation of the grapes.

Blend of the 2018 vintage : 49.4% Merlot, 38.7% Cabernet Sauvignon, 11.9% Cabernet Franc

The color is an almost black purple, bewitching and with brilliant garnet highlights.

The nose is balanced, greedy and complex, with notes of jammy black fruits, redcurrant, peppery spices and cardamom.

The attack is mellow, to reveal a dense and voluminous texture supported by fine and particularly elegant tannins. Fruity, juicy and incredibly fresh, it has a long and exquisite finish.

Food and wine pairing:

Château Haut-Brion 2018 should be paired with meat dishes, such as pepper-crusted beef, venison jig with grand veneur sauce, roast venison in a crust, or rack of lamb.

The cheeses that will make him the most beautiful part are the morbier with truffle, the Edam, the mimolette or the Salers.

Finish it off with a chocolate dessert, such as a mi-cuit or entremets, or a pear and raspberry charlotte.

Cellaring potential and tasting:

Château Haut-Brion 2018 is a great wine for aging par excellence, with its peak between 2040 and 2045.

In order to fully appreciate it today, it is advisable to open and decant the bottle 6 to 7 hours before tasting, in the serving room at room temperature.

The bottles will be kept in the cellar, protected from light, lying down, at an optimal hygrometric degree of 70%.

Size : 750ml
Appellation : Pessac-Leognan
Vintage : 2018
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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