According to Robert Parker, there are three recent Haut Brion vintages worthy of a ‘perfect’ 100-point score: the “exquisite” 2005, the “extraordinarily complex” 2009 and the “ethereal” 2010.
Both the 2009 and 2010 were awarded 100 points in Parker’s first in-bottle reviews, while 2005 was initially scored 98 points in bottle before receiving an upgrade in June last year.
As the chart below shows, Haut Brion 2005 made gains following its upgrade to 100 points: its market price moved up 13.9% in the month after Parker’s review was released. Since then, despite some fluctuations, it has broadly run flat.
As a result of these gains, it is no longer the cheapest ‘perfect’ Haut Brion: the 2009, which has been drifting, is available at a £300 discount to the 2005. This does not make it ‘cheap’: it still costs 82% more than the 2008, which is the next most expensive of the last ten releases.
Still, for buyers looking to add 100-point wines to their cellar, the 2009 might be next in line.