Chateau Larrivet Haut Brion 2000

WS91, WA90
Merlot,Cabernet Sauvignon

Very ripe fruit on the nose, with hints of tobacco and cedar. Full-bodied, with big, chewy tannins, yet soft and luscious. Best after 2007. - WS91

The deep ruby/purple-colored 2000's rich, complex perfume displays aromas of cedar, black cherry liqueur, melted licorice, scorched earth, tobacco, and new oak. The wine is rich, firm, tannic, concentrated, and medium to full-bodied with admirable sweetness of fruit. It is a beautiful effort that should be drinkable between 2007-2020.- WA90

The Winery

The estate has been called several names over the years, including Château de Canolle, La Rivette, Brion-Larrivet and Haut-Brion Larrivet, taking on its current name in 1929. During the depression of the 1930s, production was almost non-existent and many vines were uprooted.

Plantings within the wider property have increased greatly over the last few decades, however. There are now over 60 hectares (151 acres) dedicated to red grape varieties, which, unusually for the so-called "left bank", are Merlot-dominant – made up of 57 percent Merlot to 40 percent Cabernet Sauvignon with a little Petit Verdot.

The property also has just over 11 hectares (28 acres) of Sauvignon Blanc and Semillon.

The red grand vin is fermented in temperature-controlled stainless steel tanks, then aged for 14-18 months in oak barrels. Its white counterpart typically has an 80:20 blend of Sauvignon Blanc and Semillon. This is vinified partially in oak barrels, and partially in oak vats and concrete eggs.

The Larrivet Haut-Brion range features three tiers for both red and white. As well as the Larrivet de Haut-Brion, the Les Demoiselles de Larrivet Haut-Brion red and white wines are made from specially selected grapes to produce rounder, fruitier wines which require less aging.

The estate also bottles red and white wines under the Les Hauts de Larrivet de Haut-Brion. - Information from Wine Searcher

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