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  • Country ranking ?

    5 806
  • Producer ranking ?

    9
  • Decanting time

    1h
  • When to drink

    2020-2035
  • Food Pairing

    Salads

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Laville Haut-Brion is arguably the greatest dry white wine in Bordeaux. 

Only 1,000 cases per year are produced from a tiny and exclusive 3.7 hectare vineyard with an average vine age of over 50 years. It is a blend of 70% Sémillon and 30% Sauvignon Blanc - the grapes are barrel-fermented and the wine is matured in 100% new oak barriques for 15-18 months before being bottled.

Aromatically complex on the nose and almost lusciously rich on the palate, with strong mineral overtones, and with a finish to die for. The wine demands extended cellaring and should rarely be approached before its 10th birthday. Laville-Haut-Brion is classified as a Graves Cru Classé.

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The Laville Haut Brion was outstanding. I love this wine, especially since it is usually 1/5th the price of the wine it is called now, which is La Mission Haut Brion Blanc. Hey, pay five times more for something that isn’t even close to ready…no thanks, but I will gladly scoop up Lavilles when they come up for immediate pleasure, times five. Its nose was really quiet, with only light glue, hints of straw and some exotic fruit lurking. The palate continued the exotic theme with clove flavors and nice spice on the finish. Hints of anise lurked about in this gorgeous and oh so drinkable white that will also age for decades more.

  • 95p

n amazing white Bordeaux that has aged beautifully. The deep gold-amber colour offers clues to its age but very few tasting this wine blind guessed 1990; I guessed 1997. Tasted blind, it was distinctively a Bordeaux white of great breeding. A full bodied, generous white with toasted nuts, honey and dried herb notes. Fairly long finish. Currently, the fruit from this vineyard is bottled as Chateau La Mission Haut-Brion since 2009 and is owned by the Dillon family of Chateau Haut-Brion. (91)

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Bordeaux, Pessac Leognan

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