2015 Château Haut Brion Pessac Léognan 1st Classified Growth

  • Double 100 Point 1st Classified Growth
  • "The 2015 Is a Perfect Wine That Couldn’t Be Any Better. Certainly at the Top of This Great Vintage" ~Jeb Dunnuck
  • "A Huge, Dramatic Wine, the 2015 Haut-Brion Is Magnificent" ~Vinous
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About the Wine

Chateau Haut Brion is the pinnacle of Cabernet production and has been regarded as such for centuries. This wine has such a long history of excellence that America's Founding Fathers were regular fanatics of the estate with Thomas Jefferson even purchasing 24 cases to bring home. (an order that size is a testament in its own right) With the quality of wine overall going up, Chateau Haut Brion has done the same in its time since the founding of the US and has been on a streak of great vintages this side of 2000. 

Named after the ancient Celtic term "Briga," meaning a rise in the land, this estate boasts a legacy spanning over six centuries, a testament to its enduring charm.

In the wine-making realm, Haut-Brion leads the way in innovation since 1961. Picture this: shiny stainless steel fermentation tanks basking in the Bordeaux sunlight, a symbol of Haut-Brion's dedication to quality. But it doesn't end there. With careful attention to detail, Haut-Brion selects the perfect grape varieties, ensuring each sip is perfection.

Classified as a 1st Growth estate in 1855, Haut-Brion has left its mark on wine history. It's not just about prestige; it's about passion. 

This is bottle is backed by a long history, it is a wine that will age gracefully for the better part of a century if you let it. There isn't a real need for truly extensive aging but it will certainly benefit from a couple of years of alone time in a cold dark place. 

Tasting Notes: Dark, intense red color. The initial impression on the nose is deep, spicy, and incredibly complex, undiscovered by ripe black fruit aromas. Starts out soft and well-structured on the palate, becoming full-bodied with impressive volume and smooth tannin. The finish is incredibly long, enhanced by rich flavors that are neither heavy nor harsh. Unquestionably a very fine Haut-Brion!


The 2015 Haut Brion is a perfect wine that couldn’t be any better and is certainly at the top of this great vintage. A blend of 50% Merlot, 42% Cabernet Sauvignon, and the balance Cabernet Franc, this full-bodied, concentrated, backward, yet sensationally pure 2015 boast knockout notes of blackcurrants, smoked tobacco, ground herbs, and graphite, with a terrific damp earth/minerality quality emerging with time in the glass. Straight, focused, and built like a skyscraper, with a stacked mid-palate, forget bottles for 7-8 years and enjoy over the following three to four decades. ~100 Jeb Dunnuck

The 2015 Haut-Brion is composed of 50% Merlot, 42% Cabernet Sauvignon, and 8% Cabernet Franc. Deep garnet in color, it rolls out of the glass with a youthful, still primary core of juicy black plums, crushed blackcurrants, and boysenberries, before revealing evocative notes of iron ore, violets, dark chocolate, and licorice with a waft of tar. The full-bodied palate is packed with muscular black fruits and lots of mineral nuances, framed by very firm, very fine-grained tannins and seamless freshness, finishing with epic length and depth. Stunning! ~100 The Wine Independant

Rich and sumptuous on the palate with huge depth of fruit yet reined in by fresh acidity, with masses of tight tannins. It’s already appealing to drink (as are many 2015s) this really needs a decade or more to allow it to fully develop. The 15% alcohol is carried so easily here, with the crushed rock, sage, lavender and warm earth characters making it a standout First growth. Rated as a 100-point wine by many influential judges and undoubtedly one of the wines of the vintage. ~99 Decanter

This is all about seduction and beauty with tobacco, berries, tea and wet earth. Full-bodied, round and sexy. Love the polished and beautiful tannins. Racy and refined. Try in 2023~ 98 James Suckling

A huge, dramatic wine, the 2015 Haut-Brion is magnificent. Vertical in its construction and towering in its reach, the 2015 is going to need a good decade-plus to even start becoming approachable, as it needs to lose baby fat and develop the full range of its aromatics. Even at this early stage, though, it is wonderfully complete and positively stunning. ~98 Vinous Media

A brick house of a wine, loaded with roasted fig, warmed currant compote and plum reduction flavors that are as broad as they are deep, carried by warm tar, ganache and smoldering bay leaf and charcoal notes. A swath of tobacco through the finish pulls everything together and ties it up with a bow of roasted mesquite. The core shows lean, muscular strength in spades. Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc. Best from 2025 through 2045. ~98 Wine Spectator

Always one of the great white wines of the world, this vintage continues that reputation. With its richness, density and layers of fruit and acidity, this wine is powerful and beautifully ripe. The wood aging is just a hint in background. ~97 Wine Enthusiast

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