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  • Producer ranking ?

    35
  • Decanting time

    2h
  • When to drink

    now to 2030
  • Food Pairing

    sushi

This blockbuster blend of 62% Sauvignon Blanc and 38% Semillon has absolutely amazing texture, with superb lemon butter, crushed rock, quince and marmalade notes buttressed by hints of orange zest and citrus oil. Rich and full-bodied, with a sensational fragrance, this is an exquisite, full-throttle white to drink over the next 30+ years. Utterly profound!" -Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (98+ Points)

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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 2009

Château Haut-Brion’s tasting notes :
Just putting your nose into the glass transports you to another
world...
Thanks to its impressive spectrum of aromas, this wine is totally absorbing. It is pointless to be overly analytical about the bouquet that sweeps over seductively with overtones of citrus and honey.
The richness and power take over the palate with a welcome authority. Freshness complements the wine's considerable volume
starting with the middle palate, and one has the pleasurable impression of biting into fresh, golden Sauvignon Blanc grapes on a
lovely fall morning.

This wine is rich, full-bodied, and delicious. 2009 Château Haut-Brion Blanc is a very great wine.

Weather conditions
Temperature sum : 3 455 °C.
Rainfall : 388 mm
Number of days over 30°C : 22
Harvesting began : August 31st – October 6th.

Current vintage notes
Winegrowers are cautious by nature. However, this year, we are throwing this legendary caution to the wind to announce the birth of a beautiful and very great vintage. The newborn is so magnificent and full of promise that it is difficult to contain our enthusiasm. We will not beat about the bush: 2009 is extraordinary, undoubtedly worthy of a place of honor in the Hall of Fame along with the
legendary 1929, 1947, 1949, 1959, 1961,1982, 1989, 1990, 2000, and 2005
vintages.

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Latest Pro-tasting notes

<10 tasting notes

Tasting note

color

Light and Pale

ending

Medium and Sharp

nose

Closed, Modest and Youthful

recommend

No

taste

Warming, High tannin, Balanced, Medium-bodied, Sharp, Vigor and Hard tannins

Written Notes

Haut Brion 2009 white 97p Tasted twice.Consistent notes. This wine had very intense aromas of pear, pineapple and acacia flower, was formidably knitted together, impeccable balance and long, and caressingly soft aftertaste. Fabulous acidity and depth. More mineral than 2008. Great quality.
  • 97p
Haut Brion Blanc 2009 was everything that you could expect. When a wine is so rare and expensive its easy to get disappointed because our expectations are very high. This bottle delighted and delivered in every way. The wine was singing from the word go. A zesty nose with hints of lemon and loads of grapefruit whose intensity was equally matched by the finish which initially tasted as you would expect a sauvignon blanc to taste but thats where the comparison ended as the wine put on weight cloaked in the bright acidity yet enveloped in this creamy texture to leave the tip of the tongue tasting the wine long after it was gone. I was fearful that the wine would not show well at such a young age. No need to worry! The perfect wine which can be enjoyed in its youth and for decades after. 99 points
  • 99p

Information

Origin

Pessac-Leognan, Bordeaux

Vintage Quality

Excellent

Value For Money

Very good

Investment potential

No Potential

Fake factory

None

Glass time

2h

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97p
 Izak Litwar / The most important Scandinavian Bordeaux Critic, Pro (Denmark)  tasted  Château Haut-Brion Blanc 2009  ( Château Haut-Brion )

"Haut Brion 2009 white 97p

Tasted twice.Consistent notes. This wine had very intense aromas of pear, pineapple and acacia flower, was formidably knitted together, impeccable balance and long, and caressingly soft aftertaste. Fabulous acidity and depth. More mineral than 2008. Great quality."

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99p
 Rajiv Kehr, Pro (India)  tasted  Château Haut-Brion Blanc 2009  ( Château Haut-Brion )

"Haut Brion Blanc 2009 was everything that you could expect. When a wine is so rare and expensive its easy to get disappointed because our expectations are very high. This bottle delighted and delivered in every way. The wine was singing from the word go. A zesty nose with hints of lemon and loads of grapefruit whose intensity was equally matched by the finish which initially tasted as you would expect a sauvignon blanc to taste but thats where the comparison ended as the wine put on weight cloaked in the bright acidity yet enveloped in this creamy texture to leave the tip of the tongue tasting the wine long after it was gone. I was fearful that the wine would not show well at such a young age. No need to worry! The perfect wine which can be enjoyed in its youth and for decades after. 99 points"

1y 2m ago

86p
 Pekka Nuikki / Founder of the Fine Wine Magazines, Pro (Finland)  tasted  Château Haut-Brion Blanc 2009  ( 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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