2009 Larrivet Haut-Brion, Pessac-Léognan

SKU #1115543 93 points James Suckling

 A wine with lots of juicy fruit with animal and sous bois character. Decadent. Full and velvety. Goes on for a long time. Wild and delicious. Hard not to drink.  (7/2012)

90-92 points Wine Enthusiast

 Big, ripe fruits, full of sweet tannins and exotic spice. Balanced, just an extra hint of ripeness. (RV)  (8/2010)

91 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 A sensational wine from this Pessac-Leognan estate, the 2009 possesses notes of charcoal, graphite, roasted herbs, truffles, spice box, and luxurious quantities of black currant and black cherry fruit. Full-bodied, impressively endowed. and well under the radar for most consumers, this outstanding wine is a sleeper of the vintage and well worth buying. It should drink well for 15 or more years. (RP)  (2/2012)

91 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Red-ruby. Liqueur-like aromas of black cherry, strawberry, mocha and smoky roasted herbs; a southern style of Bordeaux. Supple, sweet and elegant, with ripe, expressive flavors of red fruits, mocha and herbs complicated by leather and underbrush. Harmonious ripe acidity gives lift to this sexy wine. Finishes with a saline quality and lovely length. Drink over the next 12 to 15 years. One of my sentimental favorites in 2009. (ST)  (7/2012)

91 points Wine Spectator

 This broad, mouthfilling red delivers linzer torte, blackberry preserves and mulled fig notes laced with black tea, bittersweet cocoa and anise accents. The long, fleshy finish has a mouthwatering peppery hint. Approachable, but will cellar well enough. (JM)  (3/2012)

K&L Notes

Originally a quite large property called Château de Canolle, the estate was reduced in size several times, went through a number of owners and changed its name in the 1870s to "Haut-Brion-Larrivet," oddly close to the name of their first-growth neighbor Château Haut-Brion, but in fact with no connection at all. After some tussles with their neighbors and some legal battles over the use of the name "Haut-Brion" the estate became known by its current name, Château Larrivet Haut-Brion. Purchased in 1988 by the Gerverson family (of Bonne Maman fruit jams) the estate has made marked improvements in quality, and it shows in their consistently good reception and reviews. The estate lingers under the radar just a bit and was not included in the 1855 classifications, but their wines are well worth exploration by Graves fans. The red vineyards are planted to 55% Merlot, 40% Cabernet Sauvignon and 5% Cabernet Franc, and the white vineyards to 60% Sauvignon Blanc, 30% Semillon and 5% Muscadelle.

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By: Clyde Beffa Jr. | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 12/9/2017 | Send Email
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This property always flies under the radar and is becoming one of my favs from the region. I much prefer their red to their white. We have sold over 1000 cases of this and we just got a bit more. 2009 is my favorite vintage since 1945.. I have a case of magnums in my cellar. That means you should buy some. Decant one hour. Sweet and sexy. Re-tasted on 12/10/17-so good it is sinful. Sweet and round-no edges-all fruit.
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By: Steve Bearden | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 12/7/2017 | Send Email
This lively, sweet and complex wine starts with smoky and crunchy dark currant fruit, spiced berries and raspberry liqueur. This is thick and deep with a touch of tar and ash complimenting the rolls of fruit on the long mineral finish. outstanding for the money.

By: Jacques Moreira | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 8/15/2015 | Send Email
This Pessac-Léognan is a remarkable effort, and for sure one of the best wines I have tasted this year, so far. It is full bodied, and not shy on the palate, with beautiful notes of truffles, plums, coffee, currant jam, espresso beans and mocha. Outstanding.

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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 Médoc 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.


- 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.


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- 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 (%): 14