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    586
  • Producer ranking ?

    24
  • Decanting time

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  • 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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Pale colour. Intense lemon glacé, grapefruit aromas and flavours with vanilla marzipan oak. Supple and sweet with salty flinty, notes, and fresh long acidity. Well balanced wine. Not the fuck-off wine it should be though. Tasted at Ch Haut Brion. 95 points 

  • 95p

Bright yellow with green hue. Excellent nose slowly opening up. Ripe peaches, fresh lemon zest, hints of mint and aromatic herbs in the background, passion fruit and hints of pineapple. On the palate fresh and crisp with fine acidity, sweet fruit, peaches and Tropcial fruit, impressing length. 97

  • 97p

Pale lemon yellow. Apples, some candied lemons, peach, vanilla, some spices, detailed nose, minerals, touch smoky. Fresh acidity, fresh, fruity, apples, lemons, spices, some vanilla, detailed, playful and elegant, refreshing, lively, long. 93-95

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Origin

Pessac-Leognan, Bordeaux

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 Andrew Caillard MW, Wine Writer (Australia)  tasted  Château Haut-Brion Blanc 2016  ( Château Haut-Brion )

Pale colour. Intense lemon glacé, grapefruit aromas and flavours with vanilla marzipan oak. Supple and sweet with salty flinty, notes, and fresh long acidity. Well balanced wine. Not the fuck-off wine it should be though. Tasted at Ch Haut Brion. 95 points 

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 Christer Byklum / Leading Scandinavian wine blogger, Wine Writer (Norway)  tasted  Château Haut-Brion Blanc 2016  ( Château Haut-Brion )

Pale lemon yellow. Apples, some candied lemons, peach, vanilla, some spices, detailed nose, minerals, touch smoky. Fresh acidity, fresh, fruity, apples, lemons, spices, some vanilla, detailed, playful and elegant, refreshing, lively, long. 93-95

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 Markus Del Monego / Best Sommelier in the World 1998, MW (Germany)  tasted  Château Haut-Brion Blanc 2016  ( Château Haut-Brion )

Bright yellow with green hue. Excellent nose slowly opening up. Ripe peaches, fresh lemon zest, hints of mint and aromatic herbs in the background, passion fruit and hints of pineapple. On the palate fresh and crisp with fine acidity, sweet fruit, peaches and Tropcial fruit, impressing length. 97

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