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.
Château Haut-Brion's tasting notes / Its colour now is a yellow with a bit of green giving off golden reflections. The nose is extremely intense and dominated by citrus. It is of an incredible richness and complexity with traces of white peaches, honey, orange blossom and acacia.
This wine has an astounding structure, both broad and long. Its body permits the wine to have a huge volume. We find again in the mouth all the aromatic complexity of the nose. The aromatic persistence at the finish is very impressive.
It is certainly one of the great Haut-Brion Blanc of these last years.
Sum of temperatures : 3492 °C
Rain : 229 mm
Days where temperature above 30 °C : 32
Harvest : from 24/08/2005 to 26/09/2005
Current vintage notes
2005 will remain in our memories as a historically dry year. This characteristic showed up already in winter when an important deficit of humidity was noted. In spite of a wet month in April, rain remained scarce right up to the vendanges. All year long the temperatures stayed on the high side. 2005 had climatic conditions very similar to the legendary vintage of 1949. Because of these elements the vines were able to produce small grapes of an extraordinary concentration, actually never before achieved, that would be harvested in a perfect condition. The vendanges started on August 24th for the whites and on August 31st for the reds, placing the vintage alongside other years with unduly early harvests.