Ch. Haut-Brion Pessac-Leognan 2008

Cabernet Sauvignon from France - Bordeaux
Review Date : 15-May-2013
1er Cru, 50% Cabernet Sauvignon, 41% Merlot and 9% Cabernet Franc, the wine aged 18-22 months in 80% new oak. Dark-hearted ruby-red colour with some purple hues, lighter on rim. This has a full and very finely expressed nose with abundant aromatics. Pure blackcurrant fruitiness with cooler-spectrum leafiness, and fragrant florals interwoven with delicate spice and cedar, melded with harmony. Medium-bodied, the palate is one of elegance, with a fine and concentrated core with flavours of blackcurrants, redcurrants and red plums, alongside leaf and subtle stem notes. Some cedar and spice detail is present. The fruit concentration is supported by considerable extraction, the tannins very refined and powdery, with fresh, brisk acidity enlivening the fruit and mouthfeel. The flavours fade a little on finish. This is an elegant claret with real concentration and finesse, the leafy fruitness a reflection of the 2008 vintage. It has the beauty to age 12-15+ years without effort. 18.5/20 May 2013 RRP $1,215.00

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