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Robert Parker Rates HB 2012 in-barrel

An excellent set of scores for Haut-Brisson 2012 in a challenging vintage!

The highlight is the consistency of HB year-in, year-out, no matter what the vintage conditions are – HB will always deliver a reliable and interesting wine. I would like to credit our hard-working vineyard sepcialists Laurent Peneau and Jerome Aguirre (previously at Le Gay & La Violette), who have undoubtedly been instrumental in achieving this. Saint-Emilion was very patchy this year, even though the right bank was supposedly « better » than the left bank. This year it all boiled down to how much work you put into the vineyard during the critical periods (deleafing, green-harvesting twice, chosing the right moment to harvest each plot individually by hand). Now with Michael, Michel and Marc, our consultants, more work is ahead of us, to ensure the elevage is done delicately and sensitively.

Wine Advocate #206 Apr 2013

Robert Parker (90-92)

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.

The energetic Hong Kong finance magnet Peter Kwok, who owns Haut-Brisson, continues to build a burgeoning empire on Bordeaux’s Right Bank, having purchased Tour St.-Christophe and Cornaline. All of Kwok’s vineyards either have been, or are in the process of being converted to organic farming, and Haut-Brisson has won accolades from this publication since his first vintage.

Wine Advocate #206 Apr 2013 

Robert Parker (91-93)

The 2012 La Reserve comes from a 7.5-acre parcel that produces a slightly different style of wine. Composed of 98% Merlot and 2% Cabernet Franc, it is slightly riper at 14% natural alcohol. Yields were slightly lower at 30 hectoliters per hectare, and Michel Rolland, the consulting winemaker for all of Kwok’s properties, appears to have fully exploited the potential of this estate located on the “wrong” side of the main road bisecting the appellation of St.-Emilion. This fruity, medium to full-bodied, opulent 2012 can be enjoyed over the next 10-15 years.