Chateau Haut Brisson (Futures Pre-Sale) 2012
Bordeaux Red Blends from St. Emilion, Bordeaux, France
Blend: 95% Merlot, 5% Cabernet Franc
The Wine Advocate - "The 2012 Haut-Brisson, a blend of 95% Merlot and 5% Cabernet Franc (13.5% natural alcohol), was produced from yields of 35 hectoliters per hectare. Abundant notes of deep black cherries, black currants, loamy soil, underbrush and Provencal herbs are found in this medium to full-bodied St.-Emilion. Impressive purity, texture and length suggest this cuvee can be drunk young or cellared for a decade or more.
Barrel Sample: 90-92 Points"
Vinous / Antonio Galloni - "The 2012 Haut-Brisson is gorgeous. Exuberant and flashy, the 2012 races across the palate with intense dark fruit. Licorice, plum and smoke add further shades of complexity. Drink this joyous, open-knit wine over the next handful of years. This is a strong showing from proprietor Peter Kwok and his team led by Michel Rolland. I liked this bottling more than the estate's flagship La Reserve. The 2012 is 90% Merlot and 10% Cabernet Franc. "
James Suckling - "A wine with berry, chocolate and light hazelnut character. Full body, with fine tannins and a pretty finish. Nicely done.
Barrel Sample: 89-90 Points"
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About St-Emilion(saint eh-meel-YOHN)
A region named after the charming, quaint historical town in Bordeaux, St-Émilion is situated on the right bank of Bordeaux. It's grapes of choice are Merlot and Cabernet Franc (called Bouchet on the right bank). The region has its own classification system, updated and revised every few years. Two of the hottest chateaux of the area (and the only Premier Grand Cru Classé A) are Chateau Ausone and Chateau Cheval Blanc.
St.-Émilion produces the most wine on the right bank of Bordeaux. As most of its wine is based primarily on Merlot, St-Emilion wines are described as having finesse and elegance. The best wine of the region can last upward of 10-20 years, like a good left-banker, but many find that the wines here matuer earlier than those based on Cabernet Sauvignon. The soils in the area differ greatly, from gravel to limestone to clay and sand. As a result, the wines of this region are diverse. Quality wines display silky tannins and ripe, soft fruit – the higher quality wine showing full-bodied texture and layers of complexity.
About France - Other regionsWhen it comes to wine, France is a classic. Classic blends, grapes and styles began in the country and they still remain. Think about it - people ask for a Burgundian style Pinot Noir, they refer to wines as Bordeaux or Rhone blends - Champagne even had to pass a law to stop international wineries from putting their region on the label of all sparkling wine.
The top regions of France are: Bordeaux, Burgundy, Champagne, Languedoc-Roussillon, Loire, Rhone. And these regions are so diverse! It makes sense that wine regions throughout the world try to emulate their style. Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah are no longer French varieties, but international varieties. They may not be the leader of cutting edge technology or value-priced wines, but there is no doubt that they are still producing wines of great quality and diversity.
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