2016 Haut-Vigneau, Pessac-Léognan

SKU #1386221 92-93 points James Suckling

 Full and juicy with lots of currant and blackberry character. Hot-stone undertones. Chewy tannins. Has the stuffing to come around nicely.  (4/2017)

90 points Wine Spectator

 Ripe and rounded in feel, with polished plum and cassis notes lined with subtle savory and iron steaks that extend through the pure, sleek finish. Not big, but fresh and balanced. Drink now through 2027. (JM)  (3/2019)

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2016 Haut-Vigneau is medium garnet-purple colored with a nose of warm plums, black cherries and mulberries with a baking spice undercurrent. Medium-bodied, soft and juicy, it delivers a spicy finish. (LPB)  (11/2018)

Vinous

 The 2016 Haut-Vigneau, which is overseen by Eric Perrin of Carbonnieux, has a tightly knit blackberry and black truffle bouquet. The palate is medium-bodied with quite firm, grippy tannin, but there is plenty of gorgeous pure black fruit with veins of white pepper and cassis toward the almost Saint-Émilion-like finish. (NM)  (1/2019)


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By: Jeffrey Jones | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 8/19/2019 | Send Email
Haut Vigneau has year after year produced delicious and exceptional wines. The 2016 is no exception. It has some nice dark fruit that is complex and balanced out with nice structure . It is inviting and ready to drink now and will go well with hearty foods.

By: John Majeski | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 2/24/2019 | Send Email
This property, adjacent to Carbonnieux, underwent substantial replanting during the last decade of the twentieth century, and is today evolving nicely. The wines are youthfully taut and packed with attractively stylish blackcurrant and cherry fruits, laced with firm tannins and pleasant acidity, creating a harmonious ensemble that will develop well over the next few years.

By: Steve Bearden | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 1/24/2019 | Send Email
This wine gushes raspberry, cherry and cocoa flavors and aromas. The body is lifted, lively and balanced between fruit and structure. The mineral filled finish shows plenty of fine, ripe tannin that match beautifully to the refreshing acidity.

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Varietal:

Cabernet Sauvignon and Blends

- Cabernet Sauvignon has come a long way from its role as a blending varietal, however dominant, in the wines of Bordeaux. Today it is the most planted red varietal in the world. Identified as a descendent of Cabernet Franc and Sauvignon Blanc, the late-ripening Cabernet Sauvignon needs to be planted in warmer climates to fully ripen. Its small berries can easily be identified for their distinctive blue color, thick skins and high tannins. And while the varietal has its own definitive characteristics: green pepper-like aromas and black currant flavors among them, it is perhaps most prized for its ability to convey terroir, vintage and winemaking. A relatively new varietal, Cabernet Sauvignon started making inroads into the wines of the M├ędoc and Graves in the late-18th century. Today it is also dominant in the up-and-coming Entre-Deux-Mers region of Bordeaux and can also be found in Southwest France. It is the companion varietal to Sangiovese in Italy's Super Tuscans and is planted all over Europe, stretching to lesser-known winegrowing regions like Russia and Lebanon. In the Americas Cabernet Sauvignon has found champions in every nook and cranny of California and among winemakers in Washington, where it complements plantings of Merlot. In South America, Cab thrives in Chile, but can also be found in smaller amounts in Argentina and even in Mexico.
Country:

France

- When it comes to wine, France stands alone. No other country can beat it in terms of quality and diversity. And while many of its Region, Bordeaux, Burgundy and Champagne most obviously, produce wine as rare, as sought-after and nearly as expensive as gold, there are just as many obscurities and values to be had from little known appellations throughout the country. To learn everything there is to know about French wine would take a lifetime. To understand and appreciate French wine, one only has to begin tasting them.
Sub-Region:

Bordeaux

Specific Appellation:

Pessac-Leognan/Graves

- Graves is the large red and white wine region located to the southeast of the city of Bordeaux along the Garonne River. Cabernet Sauvignon dominates the red wines from the area, while the whites are mixtures of Sauvignon Blanc and Semillon. The most important area within the Graves is the village of Pessac-Leognan. Most of the great chateaux, including Haut Brion, a premier cru and the only wine outside of the Medoc to be included in the 1855 Classification, are located in this small appellation. Graves derives its name from the rocky, stony terrain of the region. Many people believe that the stony soil radiates the day's heat at night and thus makes the grapes ripen earlier than the other regions in Bordeaux.
Alcohol Content (%): 13.5