Château Larrivet Haut-Brion 2016 - A.O.C Pessac-Léognan
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Medium to deep garnet-purple colored, the 2016 Larrivet Haut-Brion reveals a beguiling, earthy/truffle-laced nose with notions of crushed rocks, tilled soil, fungi and mossy bark over a core of warm cassis and blackberry compote. Medium to full-bodied, the palate is elegantly crafted with soft, fine-grained tannins and seamless freshness, finishing with a quiet intensity of savory nuances.
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A bit compact still, with cedar and singed vanilla notes holding the core of lightly mulled currant and blackberry fruit at bay for now. A sanguine hint checks in on the back end, with the cedar element emerging, lending a slightly austere edge to the finish. Best from 2022 through 2030. 15,000 cases made.
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Solid red with a lovely core of ripe fruit and hot-stone character. Full body and soft and juicy tannins. Pretty young wine. May be the same level as the 2015.
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This is an attractive wine with black cherry and cassis notes which errs towards being overly austere. Tasted twice and on both occasions I was a touch disappointed by oak that dominates more so than most in 2016.
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Very rich and toasty on the nose. Lots of aromatic interest, fine tannins and freshness on the palate. Sinewy and very Graves. Not a superstar but beautifully balanced in a slightly minor key. Finishes just a slightly drying.
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Nez de fruits rouges, de cerise, de fruits des bois. Belle allonge, élégant, frais, salin, beaucoup de peps. Une belle réussite.
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The Larrivet-Haut-Brion is terrific. Bold, pungent and super-expressive, the 2016 hits the palate with a rush of red fruit, blood orange and white pepper, all of which give the wine its distinctive, lifted aromatics. Persistent and sculpted throughout, the 2016 is wonderfully polished in this vintage. There is plenty of personality and class. The blend is 56% Cabernet Sauvignon, 38% Merlot and 6% Cabernet Franc. Stéphane Derenoncourt and Frédéric Massie consult.
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Let us take a look at the Château Larrivet Haut-Brion's history to understand the rich and complex background reflected by the estate's archives.
Since 1840 –the year in which the Château was first mentioned among the first growths of Pessac-Léognan – till today, the fame of Château Larrivet Haut-Brion has continued growing.
Called at various times Château de Canolle, La Rivette, and Château Brion-Larrivet, the estate was renamed Château Haut-Brion Larrivet by the owner Ernest Laurent (a Bordeaux négociant) in 1874.
In 1893, the estate was acquired by the Bordeaux ship owners, Les Fils de Théodor Conseil, who enlarged the vineyards to some 50 hectares.
A trip back in time takes us to 1898, a fabulous year in which the Féret "Bordeaux and its Wines" rated the château a Graves cru exceptionnel.
Wine production was almost non-existent during the depression of the 1930s, at which time many vines were uprooted.
The property was given its current name, Château Larrivet Haut-Brion, in 1929 by Jacques Guillemaud (owner since 1941). Devoted and hard-working, he conscientiously managed the estate until 1982.

An estate full of promise...​

In 1987, Château Larrivet Haut-Brion was acquired by the Gervoson family, who set about recreating the grandeur of the Chateau. Currently, the Château is comprised of 17 hectares of vineyards, a wooded park of 13 hectares and other notable attributes, giving the Château an undisputed potential. In keeping with their dedication and attention to detail, Philippe and Christine Gervoson have succeeded in reestablishing the unity of the estate.
In just a few years, the area under vine has reached 72.5 hectares (11.5 hectares of white wine grapes and 61 of red) thanks to newly-planted plots and the purchase of neighbouring vineyards. Assisted by a motivated and dedicated winemaking team, the owners continue to modernise infrastructures, reorganise the vineyards (based on a detailed soil survey), and make quality wines with a unique personality and characteristic elegance.
​Availing the estate of his considerable expertise and ambitions, Bruno Lemoine took over his functions as Managing Director and Winemaker at Larrivet Haut-Brion in 2007. A respect for tradition and the important role played by women are part Château Larrivet Haut-Brion's identity.​
The team grew in 2009 to include Emilie Gervoson, one of the château owner's three daughters, who represents a new epicurean generation anxious to be as professional as possible in all aspects of winemaking. Sharing the same philosophy, and complementary to one another, Bruno and Emilie have given an important new impetus to the estate.

From the vineyard to the cellar

Larrivet Haut-Brion is made by a dedicated team who oversee every stage of production, meticulously tending the vines in order to harvest perfectly ripe, healthy grapes.
Once the harvest is over, the magic of creating wine begins in the cellar – calling for a unique set of skills.


With an area of ​​61 hectares, the soils are characteristic of the average terrace of the Graves de Bordeaux. Strongly gravelly with a sandy or clayey matrix, they are dissected into remarkably exposed rumps and perfectly drained. The typical grape varieties of Bordeaux are 50% Merlot, 45% Cabernet Sauvignon, 5% Cabernet Franc for red wines and 80% Sauvignon, 20% Sémillon for dry white wine. The average age of the vines is 30 years for reds, and 25 years for white.

Technical sheet

  • The producer
    Château Larrivet Haut-Brion
  • Type of wine
    Non Classified
  • Appellation
  • Superficy
    61 hectares
  • Age of the vines
    30 years
  • Harvests
    100% hand harvested
  • Barrels
    33% of new barrels
  • When should you drink it?
    Drink between 2024 and 2038
  • Wine apogee
  • How is it now?
    Encore jeune on doit le garder en cave
  • Service temperature

The vineyard

This Red wine (Non Classified) from Pessac-Léognan is made with a vineyard that has an area of 61 hectares by Château Larrivet Haut-Brion. The average age of the vines is 30 years. The harvest for this wine are 100% hand harvested.

Into the cellars

This wine has remained 18 months in Oak barrels. For this wine, the estate has made the choice to incorporate 33% of new barrels.


The AOC Pessac-Léognan is a fairly recent appellation since it dates from 1987. However, it has a very old terroir dating from the Middle Ages. Located on the southern and south-western edges of Bordeaux, the appellation includes all of the Grands Crus Classés des Graves, including the legendary Château Haut-Brion. It produces many red wines and some dry white wines (265 ha).
Composed of gravel, gravel, rolled pebbles, sands and clays, the soil allows red grape varieties (cabernet-sauvignon, merlot, cabernet franc, petit verdot, malbec) and white grape varieties (sauvignon and semillon) have a typical expression. It is this combination that gives its peculiar style to Pessac-Léognan wines.