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    20
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    Salads

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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 2022

Bordeaux 2022 vintage will stay in the memory of the world of wine as the exceptional vintage which kept a lot of surprises. The year started well with bud break at a normal date, so the frost in early April did not too much damage. The flowering started in mid-May and in optimal conditions. June brought stormy rains which were able to partially reconstitute de water reserves of the soil, however hail fell locally with sometimes very important damages. The fruit  set took place a hydric limited context, which determines the small size of the berries. Veraison begun in mid-July in hot and dry conditions. August was hot however it kept a contrast of day and night temperatures, therefore the conditions for ripening the grapes were perfect. The white wines were harvested at a historically early date already in August. Also the reds were harvested very early at the beginning of September. Good news for the noble sweet wines: botrytis developed thanks to rain in early October and resulted in wines of great purity. 

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Written Notes

Haut Brion – 51.4% Semillon + 48.6% Semillon. Great intensity of green apple, pear, and pineapple, acidity, crispiness, structure, and length. Vibrant. Long lemony aftertaste. Sheer class. 98-99p.

  • 99p

Pale lemon yellow. 
Apples, pears, fruit driven, nuanced, detailed and intense, some tropical notes nose.Fresh acidity, fruit driven, nuanced, intense, detailed, creamy, layered and long. Juicy. Some saline notes in the finish gives lift. 

 

  • 97p

Dried lemon and lime with honeysuckle and stone aromas, that follow through to a full body with fantastic length and energy at the end. Phenolics give it great length and stature. 51.4% semillon and 48.6% sauvignon blanc. 98-99

  • 99p

Bright yellow colour with green hue. Wonderful nose with very expressive character and great complexity. Aroma reminiscent of apricots and mango, granadilla and tangerine. Fine toasting and hints of vanilla, almost smoky minerality. On the palate opulent with rich character, excellent depth and length, exciting tension, multi-layered style. Lingering fruit and minerality, creating a very fresh impression. A wine with a wow-effect.

  • 98p
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Origin

Pessac-Leognan, Bordeaux

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