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  • Country ranking ?

    3 723
  • Producer ranking ?

    74
  • Decanting time

    2h
  • When to drink

    2020-2035
  • Food Pairing

    Salads

The Story

Haut-Brion Blanc is as renowned as it is scarce, with only about 8,000 bottles available per vintage for a very demanding market. It is often regarded as the greatest white of Bordeaux, although Haut-Brion Blanc’s sibling, Laville Haut-Brion, sometimes equals and occasionally surpasses it. The white vineyards at Haut-Brion are planted to 63 percent Sémillon and 37 percent Sauvignon Blanc, a weighting that gives this wine its particularly plush combination of Sémillon-driven body and Sauvignon-influenced scent of musk. Haut-Brion Blanc ages beautifully. 

 

White Bordeaux does not come much more layered and powerful than this. Strong oak roasted nut notes are evident on the nose but dissipate quickly on the palate. Taut yet shapely refreshing but rich. A large framed wine that manages to find harmony. Alongside exotic touches of stone fruit there are some wonderfully energising fruit characteristics of crystallised lemon rind, grapefruit and lime. Long, complex and very intense without being too weighty.

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Vintage 2002

Weather conditions 2002

Sum of temperatures : 3228 °C
Rain : 336 mm
Days where temperature above 30 °C : 14
Harvest : from 19/09/2002 to 08/10/2002

Current vintage notes
The year was very dry, but the low rainfall was well spread out and ensured that
the vines received the regular amounts of water they needed. A slightly cool
summer delayed ripening, but conditions became ideal for harvesting from the 9th
of September onward: relatively hot, sunny days, and an unusual north-easterly
wind for the season. The grapes for the white wine, followed by the red, reached
the vat room in perfect condition, without being touched by a single drop of rain.

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Latest Pro-tasting notes

<10 tasting notes

Tasting note

color

Light, Green-Yellow and Pale

ending

Medium

nose

Youthful and Complex

recommend

Yes

taste

High tannin, Medium-bodied, Fresh and Medium-Dry

Written Notes

Haut Brion 2002 white 98p Tasted twice.. Consistent notes. Fat, creamy fruit with peaches, lemon and honey-melon. Extremely sophisticated with stunning finesse and richness. What a length. A perfect example for how exceptional 2002 vintage is for the white Bordeaux! 2016-2025.
  • 98p
Of the eleven remarkably consistent wines I liked best the 2002 vintage – an adolescent wine with its pale colour, grassy aromas and leanly structured palate (90/100 points
  • 90p

Information

Origin

Pessac-Leognan, Bordeaux

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 Izak Litwar / The most important Scandinavian Bordeaux Critic, Pro (Denmark)  tasted  Château Haut-Brion Blanc 2002  ( Château Haut-Brion )

"Haut Brion 2002 white 98p

Tasted twice.. Consistent notes. Fat, creamy fruit with peaches, lemon and honey-melon. Extremely sophisticated with stunning finesse and richness. What a length. A perfect example for how exceptional 2002 vintage is for the white Bordeaux! 2016-2025."

1y 1m ago

90p
 Andrew Caillard MW, Wine Writer (Australia)  tasted  Château Haut-Brion Blanc 2002  ( Château Haut-Brion )

"Of the eleven remarkably consistent wines I liked best the 2002 vintage – an adolescent wine with its pale colour, grassy aromas and leanly structured palate (90/100 points"

2y 2m ago

87p
 Pekka Nuikki / Founder of the Fine Wine Magazines, Pro (Finland)  tasted  Château Haut-Brion Blanc 2002  ( Château Haut-Brion )

"Excellent event- Dom Perignon 1975 rose mg surprisingly fresh and vivid, at the end of the day, the best Haut Brion were 1989, 1961, 1945, 1982, ....36 vintages:)"

5y 9m ago

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