Château Haut-Brion Rouge

Elegant and complex, Château Haut-Brion red presents mineral aromas and a unique complexity. Its strength lays in the finish, which is surprisingly long. This aromatic persistence is due to its very noble origins.

Tasting notes

Merlot plays a special role in this vintage since it forms two thirds of the final blend.
The nose is subtle, elegant and very complex, with delicate hints of red fruit,
blackberry and blackcurrant as well as more generous notes of liquorice,
roasting coffee, oak and a nearly floral side that defies description.
The tightly-knit structure is obvious from the beginning.
However, it soon appears that the tannin is also quite rich,
making the wine soft, rich, juicy and delicious.
It already has a beautiful long aftertaste.
The 2012 can vie with the estate’s great successes.

The weather

The 2012 vintage was uneven from bud break, which was disturbed by a cool, wet month of April, to véraison (color change), which took place over a long period. Fortunately, the months of July and August 2012 were ideal: warm and dry.  This fine summer weather enabled us to do everything possible in the vineyard in order to make up for the poor spring weather. For two months, our team worked meticulously to make ripening as homogeneous as possible, and removed any green grapes at véraison.The harvest for both red and white wines began under sunny skies.2012 is a truly fine vintage for early-ripening terroirs such as ours. 

A few figures

  • Harvest dates

    From September 17th to October 9th

  • Blend

    Merlot: 65.5%
    Cabernet Sauvignon: 32.5%
    Cabernet Franc: 2 %

  • New barrels


  • Alcohol


  • Bottling date

    From July 8th to 10th 2014