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  • Decanting time

    2h
  • When to drink

    from 2018
  • Food Pairing

    Salads

The 2015 La Mission Haut-Brion Blanc, a blend of one-third Sauvignon Blanc and two-thirds Semillon, picked between 28 August and 8 September, has an attractive bouquet with lime, Granny Smith apples, orange zest and cold stone, well defined if not the most complex that I have encountered over the years. The palate is lively on the entry with fine tension and impressive intensity, spicy on the tip of the tongue, almost fiery, with the Semillon dominating the finish and lending the complexity: hints of dried pineapple, almond and Cornice pear. This is an excellent La Mission Haut-Brion Blanc, but it needs a few years for the aromatics to really open, just as Laville Haut-Brion did in the old days.

Score: 92/94

Neal Martin, Wine Advocate (224), April 2016

Very balanced and fresh with stone and dried peach aromas and flavors. Very aromatic. Full body, fine phenolics and licorice. Show power and richness.

Score: 97/98

James Suckling, JamesSuckling.com, March 2016

The 2015 La Mission Haut-Bion Blanc is deep, powerful and intense, yet with no excess heaviness. A vertical, structured white, the 2015 possesses remarkable depth along with a spherical expression of fruit that is a joy to behold. The aromatics haven't begun to develop yet, but there is time for that. Plenty of time. This is an especially rich, concentrated white that is going to require a bit of bottle age to offer its finest drinking.

Score: 93/96

Antonio Galloni, vinous.com, April 2016

Depth on the nose a rich mix of tropical fruit the start of the palate is fleshy with white peach. There is balance the richness on the mid palate refreshed by grapefruit and lime and although the back palate has sweet fruit the finish bright with a racy length.

Score: 94/96

Derek Smedley MW, DerekSmedleyMW.co.uk, April 2016

If you’re looking for a top white to cellar in 2015, this would be a great candidate, combining freshness and focus with understated power. It’s not quite as good as the 2014, but it’s still a remarkable white with toasty, waxy complexity underpinned by acidity and vanilla spice. Drink: 2017-30

Score: 95

Tim Atkin MW, timatkin.com, April 201

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The Story

Formerly named Château Laville Haut-Brion, Château La Mission Haut-Brion Blanc is produced in such extremely limited quantities that it is confined to the initiated. Its make-up almost 85% of Semillon, 14% Sauvignon Blanc and a pinch of Muscadelle ? also makes it unique. When young it possesses the characteristics of a premier Gewurztraminer. With time it trades its Alsatian color for the amber of the great Sauterne wines. Then this dry white wine expresses all the particular traits of a great syrupy Graves wine that are specific to the Semillon grown in famous terroirs.

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Surface area planted: 2.55 hectares (6.30 acres) 
Planted grape varieties: 85% Sémillon, 14% Sauvignon Blanc, 1% Muscadelle 
Fermentation in oak casks 
Length of initial maturing period in oak casks: 9-12 months in 40-50% new wood 
Average production: 500 to 700 cases

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2015 Haut Brion white showed as splendidly as LMHB and the only thing which put HB in the front of LMHB, was more intensity, more depth and longer finish. 96p.
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Bright yellow with green hue. Slightly closed nose with pure fruit, aroma reminiscent of grapefruit-zest, ripe apricots and Mirabelle, tropical fruit in the background. Opulent character, excellent minerality with almost salty taste, yellow stone fruit flavour, hints of vanilla, convincing freshness and length.
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Pale colour. Line, lemony herb garden aromas. More precision than above. Well concentrated fruit sweet wine with lemon glacé grapefruit flavours with some yeasty brioche notes, fine looseknit lacy textures ad long fresh acidity. Very good. Quite crunchy at the finish. 95 points
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Origin

Pessac-Leognan, Bordeaux

Vintage Quality

Outstanding

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 Izak Litwar / The most important Scandinavian Bordeaux Critic, Pro (Denmark)  tasted  La Mission Haut Brion Blanc 2015  ( Château La Mission Haut-Brion )

"2015 Haut Brion white showed as splendidly as LMHB and the only thing which put HB in the front of LMHB, was more intensity, more depth and longer finish. 96p."

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 Izak Litwar / The most important Scandinavian Bordeaux Critic, Pro (Denmark)  tasted  La Mission Haut Brion Blanc 2015  ( Château La Mission Haut-Brion )

"2015 La Mission Haut Brion white - (72% Semillon + 28% Sauvignon Blanc) was vibrant with excellent acidity and depth, with fine aroma of apple, citrus and lemon grass, great complexity, balance, structure and length. Impressive effort. 95p."

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 Izak Litwar / The most important Scandinavian Bordeaux Critic, Pro (Denmark)  tasted  La Mission Haut Brion Blanc 2015  ( Château La Mission Haut-Brion )

"2015 La Mission Haut Brion white - (72% Semillon + 28% Sauvignon Blanc) was vibrant with excellent acidity and depth, with fine aroma of apple, citrus and lemon grass, great complexity, balance, structure and length. Impressive effort. 95p."

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 Andrew Caillard MW, Wine Writer (Australia)  tasted  La Mission Haut Brion Blanc 2015  ( Château La Mission Haut-Brion )

"Pale colour. Line, lemony herb garden aromas. More precision than above. Well concentrated fruit sweet wine with lemon glacé grapefruit flavours with some yeasty brioche notes, fine looseknit lacy textures ad long fresh acidity. Very good. Quite crunchy at the finish. 95 points "

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 Markus Del Monego MW / Best Sommelier in the World 1998, MW (Germany)  tasted  La Mission Haut Brion Blanc 2015  ( Château La Mission Haut-Brion )

"Bright yellow with green hue. Slightly closed nose with pure fruit, aroma reminiscent of grapefruit-zest, ripe apricots and Mirabelle, tropical fruit in the background. Opulent character, excellent minerality with almost salty taste, yellow stone fruit flavour, hints of vanilla, convincing freshness and length. "

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