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  • Country ranking ?

    458
  • Producer ranking ?

    19
  • Decanting time

    3h
  • When to drink

    from 2028
  • Food Pairing

    scallops

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“The key ingredients for the recipe for the 2019 vintage are sunshine, heatwaves, drought and the occasional rainstorm. Add to that the magic of a great terroir and a sprinkling of human intervention that is respectful of the environment and you obtain ripe, fresh wines of surprising balance. 2019 has what it takes to become a great vintage.

This 2019 vintage, the 96th one produced by my family, is also a tribute to my father, who passed away at the end of the 2019 harvest having signed 43 vintages of Haut- Brion.”

Jean-Philippe DELMAS

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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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Château Haut-Brion white wine is synonymous with uniqueness, excellence and aromatic intensity. Only 400 cases are produced per vintage. The unique blend of Sémillon and Sauvignon gives this Graves wine a concentration and breadth that is atypical of a dry white Bordeaux.

The wine is a beautiful pale yellow in color. The first nose is intense, marked by Sauvignon, ethereal yet ripe, delicate and fresh. When swirled in the glass, there is an incredible impression of “densification” and complexity: the Sémillon clearly acts as an aroma enhancer, beyond a doubt.

The first impression is generous, fragrant and flavorful. The wine then extends, displaying an outstanding length that continues to gain momentum, revealing spicy nuances. This Haut-Brion confirms that years marked by a very hot and dry summer can produce white wines of incredible freshness and power of flavors.

One of the most beautiful Haut-Brion whites, very similar to the 2017, and undoubtedly a future 1993, one of the most successful vintages of recent years.

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Vintage 2019

BORDEAUX 2019 VINTAGE

When I was visiting Bordeaux early March, Corona was a threat on the horizon and France has been more concerned by a strike of the air traffic control. However, I was travelling to Bordeaux and had the chance to get some first insights to the 2019 vintage. I was very much looking forward to the “en primeur tastings” which were scheduled for March 26, 2020 but the tastings were cancelled mid-March. Immediately I contacted the different associations and wineries in Bordeaux and asked for samples.

The result was a small number of wines which arrived in Essen before the shutdown of France made shipments rather difficult. These first samples of the vintage 2019 were tasted under pristine conditions to assure a fair and equal assessment of all qualities. In fact, the samples proved right the opinion of some of Bordeaux’ leading figures. Bruno-Eugène Borie from Château Ducru-Beaucaillou sees 2019 in a line with the excellent vintages of 2016, 2010, 2009 und 2005.

Henri Lurton talks about his best vintage, along with 2016, he has ever vinified at Château Brane-Cantenac. Philippe Dhalluin from Château Mouton-Rothschild asses the vintage as rich and abundant in quality and also in quantity. After some smaller crops they came back to an average production.

Emmanuel Cruse from Château d’Issan sees that 2019 has a lot in common with 2016 yet preserving more freshness. It is a very good vintage but appearing at a very difficult time on the market. In fact, the start of this vintage was very positive. Enough precipitations during winter were retained by soils like chalk and clay. Vineyards on these water retaining soils had a huge advantage in the future growing period. With exception of a wet June, the vintage has taken advantage of a rather dry climatic condition, which prevented diseases in the vineyards to a huge extend. No chance for powdery or downy mildew. Even the heat waves were not really harming the vines as rain set in, always at the last moment but still early enough to prevent massive water stress and a slow-down of the maturity. The late physiological maturity brought a lot of alcohol, but the wines show more freshness as in the previous years.

Fabien Teitgen, Winemaker of Smith-Haut-Lafitte relates this freshness to the good acidity “due to cool night temperatures during the ripening period”. This fact is also good news for white wines. „They are the big surprise “, says Olivier Bernard of Domaine de Chevalier.

At Château Coutet in Barsac, Philippe and Aline Baly were harvesting in three passes with a total of 19 harvesting days. They judge the conditions as rather ideal: “These climatic conditions have generated a harvest whose quality is indisputably present.” Same samples made their way to Essen and I have tasted them. Some more samples are announced and will hopefully arrive during the current week. There will be a weekly update of my tasting notes, whenever samples will arrive.

Unfortunately, 2019 arrives in a difficult time, the Corona virus puts the world in fear and makes trade more and more difficult. Trade berries and new customs duties create a difficult frame for this vintage. However, we should not forget one thing: there are wonderful 2019s waiting for us, wines with ageing potential and charm which will survive every crisis.

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The 2019 Haut-Brion Blanc is a regal white of uncommon complexity and nuance. Textured and resonant in feel, the 2019 saturates the palate with a host of citrus and mineral-drenched flavors. White pepper, chalk, mint and lifted floral overtones all develop in the glass, but it is the wine's textural resonance that stands out most. A thrilling white, the 2019 simply has it all. In a word: magnificent.

  • 97p

The 2019 Haut-Brion Blanc is cut from a different cloth to the La Mission Haut-Brion Blanc. Taciturn initially, it then delivers intense green apple, gooseberry, honeysuckle and grass clipping aromas that are extremely well delineated. The palate is magnificently balanced with just the right amount of salinity. It has slightly more energy than its aforementioned sibling. The finish is tensile and light spiced with a very persistent aftertaste. This is one of the best Haut-Brion Blanc that I have encountered out of barrel.

  • 96p

Haut-Brion really made a breakaway wine with its sauvignon blanc and semillon blend. Of course, it won’t come as a surprise to Bordeaux lovers or the wine trade. It’s one of the great white wines of the world and the 2019 has the density of some of those legendary whites like the Domaine de la Romanee-Conti Montrachet or great vintages of its own such as 1989, 2009 and 2010.
That’s why I rated it 100 points. There’s no need to use a scoring range on this one

  • 100p

This Haut-Brion 2019 Blanc is a blend of 64.4% Sauvignon Blanc and 35.6% Semillon, harvested from the 29th of August to the 9th of September. The estimated label alcohol degree is 14%. The nose is quite subdued to begin, soon unfurling to offer fragrant scents of orange blossoms, white peaches and lime cordial with hints of oyster shell, fresh ginger, pomelo and kumquat plus a suggestion of jasmine. The medium to full-bodied palate has a seducing hint of oiliness texturing the intense citrus and chalky layers, lifted by bold freshness and finishing with incredible length and perfume. Just stunning. 96-98+

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Pessac-Leognan, Bordeaux

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