Friday, October 27, 2023

LeDomduVin: Haut-Brion 2016

Haut-Brion 2016, what else? 

If you have been following me for a while, you've surely realized that I'm a bit biased when it comes to Haut-Brion. 

What can I say? It is my favourite wine, after all. 

And I'm always the first to say that Haut-Brion should be open for a while. Especially so young. As it is a wine that opens up and gains in complexity with time. 

Rewarding the most patients of us with an array of enticing earthy aromas and flavours, structure and texture, elegance, balance and sophistication, heavenly delivered with grace and power and expanding to the seamless finish. 

And yet, I was not patient enough to wait for this gem to reach its optimum taste and age. 

The 2016 Haut-Brion is a masterpiece with gorgeous fruits, refreshing acidity, great balance, excellent structure, a long finish and a good grip of integrated tannins that will mellow down with time. 

Decanted about 1 hour before serving, it showed wonderfully. Yet, it will have benefited from a few more hours to really display its full potential. 

In my 32-year career as a Sommelier and Wine Buyer, I have never been disappointed by Haut-Brion, and this 2016 is no exception to the rule. 

It is delightful now, yet it obviously has the potential to age a decade or two in the cellar. 

Cheers! Santé! 


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