The 2009 Haut-Brion has a less precocious but more detailed bouquet, more nuanced perhaps with warm slates baking in the summer sun, tilled loam and cedar infusing the black fruit. The palate is medium-bodied with fine tannin, perfect acidity, layers of mineral-rich black fruit. This seems to have gained more complexity in recent years and is beginning to flirt with perfection. It’s not there yet, but it is moving in that direction. Tasted at BI Wines & Spirits’ Ten Year On tasting.
Anticipated maturity: 2023-2065
46% Merlot, 40% Cabernet Sauvignon, 14% Cabernet Franc. Clearly a fruit-driven vintage, where there is still loads of youth and vim. The complexity is starting to creep in now though – there’s ferrous character, meatiness, black cherry and graphite. A great showcase for what makes first-growth bordeaux special. (RH)
Anticipated maturity: 2019-2039