92 Pt Chateau Haut-Nouchet Pessac-Leognan 2012

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With hallmark rustic minerality and smoldering toasty earth, this Pessac-Léognan red is packed with all the components that make a great cellaring claret, but also expresses vivid fruit now with a small amount of decanting.  Classic and stately, this is aristocratic Bordelais wine at a fraction of the usual cost.
92 Points - Wine Enthusiast!
And a 'Cellar Selection'
"With smoky wood flavors allied to plenty of fruit, this is an attractive and structured wine. It has juicy berry fruits, plenty of acidity and a dark and dense core."

Wine Ratings

92 - Wine Enthusiast!
90 - James Suckling!


Unit Size750.00 ML
VarietalRed Blend
GrapeCabernet Sauvignon, Merlot
Alcohol Content13.00%

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Chateau Haut-Nouchet Pessac-Leognan 2012
By Wine Enthusiast
Château Haut Nouchet 2012 Red (Pessac-Léognan)
Special Designation: Cellar Selection
Points: 92
Price: $40
Varietal: Bordeaux-style Red Blend
Appellation: Pessac-Léognan, Bordeaux, France
Winery: Château Haut Nouchet
Bottle Size: 750.00 ml
Category: Red
Importer: Château Haut Nouchet
In Magazine: 5/1/2015
By Roger Voss
With smoky wood flavors allied to plenty of fruit, this is an attractive and structured wine. It has juicy berry fruits, plenty of acidity and a dark and dense core. It will age well, so drink from 2020. (5/1/2015) -92
By James Suckling
Chateau Haut-Nouchet Pessac-Léognan
Score: 90
Country: France
Region: Bordeaux
Vintage: 2012
Date: February 23th, 2015
Sweet tobacco, berry and spice aromas and flavors. Full-bodied, succulent and juicy. Lots of polished tannins. Flavorful finish. Better in 2016 but so delicious already. This is the best wine ever from here. Try it.
By Chateau Haut-Nouchet
AOC Pessac-Leognan
Technical Details
Area Under Vine: 27 ha
Geology: Gravelly soil from the Günzian period on chalky-clayey subsoil
Grape Varieties: 60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 40% Merlot
Average Age of the Vines: 26 years
Vine Density: 6,666 to 10,000 vines per hectare (planting going on).
Annual Production: 50,000 bottles
Maturing on the Lees: 12 months in barrel (33% new oak)
Owner: Briest Family
Managing-Partners: Domitille Briest , Gauthier Briest, Thibaut Briest
Oenologist: Stéphane Derenoncourt, Simon Blanchard
Winemaking Notes
Traditionnal ploughing. Synthetic pheromones against the grape berry moth instead of insecticides. Prophylactic methods (bio-stimulating to help the vines to produce natural defences, leaf thinning of the second side if necessary). Manual works (disbudding, leaf thinning, cluster thinning, green harvest…). Hand picking into small crates. Sorting in the vineyard, before and after destemming. In vat without crushing. Alcoholic fermentation at 28-30’C in stainless-steel vats. Malolactic fermentation partly in new barrels.
[Information provided by Olivier Nouet]
By Decanter
Chateau Haut-Nouchet 2012
Overall Rating: 86 Points
Drink: 2014-2019
Steven Spurrier
Good firm fruit, good spice and nice depth.
By Jancis Robinson
Ch Haut-Nouchet 2012 Pessac-Léognan
Producer: Ch Haut-Nouchet
Vintage: 2012
Appellation: Pessac-Léognan
Region: Bordeaux
Country: France
Score: 15.5/20
Colour: Red
When to drink: 2018 - 2024
Published: 19 Apr 2013
Date tasted: 10 Apr 2013
Reviewer: Jancis Robinson
Light, savoury nose. Then quite sweet and a bit brutal in terms of structure. Acid and tannins too pronounced to make this fun.