Larrivet Haut Brion 2020

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Tasting Notes and Scores

91-93

Wine Advocate

Drink Date
2024 - 2040

Reviewed by Lisa Perrotti-Brown

The 2020 Larrivet Haut-Brion displays a deep garnet-purple color and exuberant scents of kirsch, black cherry preserves, stewed plums and warm cassis, plus hints of cinnamon stick and ground cloves with a waft of wilted roses. The medium to full-bodied palate is chock-full of red and black fruit preserves, framed by plush tannins and just enough freshness, finishing long and spicy.

89-91

Neal Martin

The 2020 Larrivet Haut-Brion was cropped at 29hl/ha and aged in new oak barrels, the Merlot component mostly aged in clay amphorae. It has an intense and powerful nose, but without quite the same precision as, say, the La Louvière that I tasted alongside. The palate is medium-bodied with a minty opening, supple and most pastille-like, revealing veins of blood orange toward the finish. Good length, but I am seeking more complexity.

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89-90

Michael Schuster

(58% CS, 29% M, 13% CF; 13.4% ABV)
Fruity and mineral to smell; full, fresh, finely tannic, remaining very Pessac; elegant, restrained, while fairly compact, too, in the style of much of the year; silky tannins, freshly red fruit ripe, pure, moderately complex, and with very good length. Not a big wine, but quite refined, and very nice. 2024–34+.

92-93

James Suckling

A firm, silky red with blackberry, walnut and a hint of iron. Medium body. Fine tannins. Nice energy to this.

16.5+

Jancis Robinson

Full bottle 1,305 g. Cask sample taken 6 April. 58% Cabernet Sauvignon, 29% Merlot, 13% Cabernet Franc from 40-year-old vines.
Dark purplish crimson. Complex, rather luscious nose. Extremely sweet and flattering – perhaps not the most refreshing wine of this appellation in 2020. This is a wine for admirers of opulence. Velvety texture underpinned by some pretty emphatic tannins.

91-94

Antonio Galloni

The 2020 Larrivet Haut-Brion is shaping up to be a real gem. Bright floral and savory notes perk up a core of red/purplish fruit. Medium in body and wonderfully nuanced, the 2020 bristles with energy. It is a restrained wine for the year, with all the elements very nicely balanced. Impressive and promising. Tasted two times. Vinous.com

92-94

Jeff Leve

The nose hits you with its dark red fruits, spice, smoke, tobacco, espresso and fireplace aromatics. Refined, elegant and fresh, you enjoy a fabulous sweetness and purity to the fruits on the palate and in the elegant finish. Give this 5-7 years in the bottle and this will really start to show its stuff. This should age quite nicely. 92-94

93-95

Jeb Dunnuck

Lots of blue fruits, spring flowers, candied orange, and exotic fruit notes emerge from the 2020 Château Larrivet Haut-Brion, a medium to full-bodied, floral, exotic, incredibly pure wine that opens up nicely with time in the glass. Possessing bright tannins, good overall concentration, and exceptional balance, this beautiful Pessac-Léognan will require just 4-5 years of bottle age to be drinkable and cruise for two decades.

92

Decanter

Tasted by Jane Anson(at Primeur week tastings in Bordeaux, 01 May 2021)

Well worked aromatics, expressive while still being subtle. Great location just down the road from Haut-Bailly, this has plenty of power through the core of the wine with dark fruits, rosemary and sage spices - good quality. Shuts down on the finish a little. A yield of 28hl/ha, 100% new oak for Cabernet Sauvignon and Franc, and entirely amphora for the Merlots. Tasted twice.

Drinking Window 2025 - 2040