Chateau Haut-Brisson 2016

Chateau Haut-Brisson 2016

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In 1997, Peter Kwok and his daughter Elaine purchased Chateau Haut Brisson. It was a small winery in the Vignonet area of Saint Emilion. Chateau originally had 8 hectares of vineyards but thanks to the purchase of Chateau Tourans in 2015, and additional 4.6 hectares of vineyards were added to the estate. All of the winemaking and barel ageing occurs at the old Chateau Tourans location. Last September the estate was purchased by Stephane Schinazi. Peter Kwoks team will continue to oversee operations for another 5 years.

The vineyard is planted to 68% Merlot, 25% Cabernet Franc, and 10% Cabernet Sauvignon. In 2016, the final blend for Chateau Haut Brisson was 90% Merlot and 10% Cabernet Franc.
Wine Advocate: 92
The 2016 Haut Brisson is a blend of 90% Merlot and 10% Cabernet Franc was cropped at 42 hectoliters per hectare picked from 5-15 October, matured in 35% new oak. It has a rich and slightly heady bouquet with intense black cherry and crme de cassis notes, although I find that the Tour St Christophe, which is also owned by Peter Kwok, has far more detail. The palate is full-bodied with dense ripe tannin, quite intense with a touch of dried blood infusing the black fruit with a structured, gently grippy finish. I would just like to see more finesse come through once this is bottle.
Vinous: 92
The 2016 Haut Brisson is juicy and flamboyant, with succulent red cherry and plum fruit pushed forward. A wine with striking inner sweetness and no hard edges, the 2016 will appeal most to readers who enjoy the opulent, full-throttle side of Saint-milion. For my palate, the 2016 is on the edge, but it skirts that line nicely. Michel Rolland is the consultant. Tasted two times.
James Suckling: 95
Soft and velvety wine with blackberry, blueberry and raspberry character. Full body, a dense center palate and a long and pure finish. Another winner.