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Haut Brion 2015 has been released at €385 per bottle ex-negociant, up 60.4% on 2014 (€240). It is being offered by the international trade at £4,260 per 12×75. This is 83.6% higher than the opening price for the 2014 (£2,320).

This price pitches it between the 2005, 2009 and 2010, and other recent vintages. The wine has received high praise and was voted the second best “wine of the vintage” by Liv-ex members. It has also received consistently high scores from critics.

Neal Martin observed “a paradoxical sense of intensity married to weightlessness.” He rated the wine 98-100 points, adding “everything here is so precise, so pure and yet as it crescendos towards the finish, it offers a profundity that is unmatched across Bordeaux in this vintage.”

James Suckling described 2015 as “a structured and powerful Haut-Brion with so much finesse and beauty.” He awarded the wine 97-98 points.

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Haut Brion vintages have offered inconsistent returns historically and five of the last ten have produced a negative return. The 2009, 2010 and 2011 – first offered at £7,800 and £7,596 and £3,750 per 12×75 respectively – have lost the most value since release. Buyers of 2005 and 2008, which were released at £3,500 and £1,790 respectively, have made the greatest gains so far.

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Clarence Haut Brion 2015 was also released today. It came out at €85 per bottle ex-negociant, up 57.4% on the release price of the 2014 (€54). It is being offered by the trade at £900 per 12×75. This is 69.8% higher than the merchant opening price of the 2014 (£530). This puts the 2015 as the most expensive of the recent back vintages.

Neal Martin predicted that the wine “should turn out to be an authoritative deuxième vin that will probably be consumed in its youth, but clearly possesses the substance to repay ageing.” He gave it 91-93 points.

Clarence Haut Brion has produced a positive return in six of the last ten vintages. Buyers of 2005 and 2006, which were released at £350 and £305 respectively, have made the greatest returns so far. 2010 – first offered at £1,250 – has lost the most value since release.

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Haut Brion Blanc 2015 was also released this morning at €600 per bottle ex-negociant. It is being offered at £6,400 per 12×75 by the trade.  This is 8.5% higher than the merchant opening price for the 2014 (£5,900).