2018 Haut-Brion Blanc (Pessac-Leognan)

80.6% Sauvignon Blanc, 19.4% Semillon. Harvest dates 27 August - 5 September. The highest proportion ever of Sauvignon in this wine. White flower, citrus and stonefruit aromas on the very perfumed bouquet. Crystalline in structure. Delicate but very persistent finish. (NT 12/04/18)
Pessac, Graves, Bordeaux FRANCE
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Dominant Grape
Cabernet Sauvignon
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95 points, Jane Anson, decanter.com, April 2019 17.5 points, Julia Harding, jancisrobinson.com, April 2019 94-96+ points, Lisa Perrotti-Brown, robertparker.com, April 2019
91-94 points, Antonio Galloni, vinous.com, April 2019
93-95 points, Chris Kissac

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Media Reviews

Jane Anson

It may not quite have the high tension of the 2017 but this is a great white wine. It has wonderful grip and rich apricot fruit with high aromatics that keep up the pace right through the glass. It`s extremely good quality and very enjoyable, with real persistency. The juicy finish is full of citrus, lime, freshly cut herbs and slate, bringing tension and minerality. Harvested 27 August to 5 September. 3.37pH. 95 points

Julia Harding

80.6% Sauvignon Blanc, 19.4% Sémillon. Less open than La Mission. Plenty of oak spice but the fruit shines in a herbal character, green fruits, light spice, more length than breadth, perhaps because of the high percentage of Sauvignon this year. Grapefruit and pith, some grip here, almost chewy, but the freshness and fruit sing on the long finish. Not a stunner this year but a very good wine. 17.5 points

Lisa Perrotti-Brown

The Haut-Brion 2018 Blanc is composed of 80.6% Sauvignon Blanc and 19.4% Sémillon, harvested August 27 to September 5—this is the highest level of Sauvignon Blanc in the blend ever. It comes sashaying out of the glass with flamboyant notions of warm pineapple, passion fruit, lime cordial and lemongrass and hints of dried mandarin peel, peach blossoms, wild thyme and wet pebbles plus a waft of dill seed. Full-bodied and profoundly fruited in the mouth, the silky, vivacious frame has a lot of intense tropical notions and yet is jam-packed with delicate nuances, finishing with great length and a lot of emerging mineral and citrus layers. Big and beautiful. 94-96+ points

Antonio Galloni

The 2018 Haut-Brion Blanc is built on a vertical expression of structure and texture that makes it resemble of a red wine in its feel. Bright Sauvignon Blanc lend energy to the citrus peel, floral and mineral note. Haut-Brion Blanc has quite a bit to offer, but it is very embryonic at this stage. The 2018 is 80.6% Sauvignon and 19.4% Sémillon. 91-94 points

Chris Kissack

It has a very restrained character on the nose , with notes of pine needle, the Sauvignon shining through, along with apple skin and chalk dust, an expressive and fresh character. There follows a beautiful palate filled with creamed orange, apricot and citrus fruits, fresh and plush, with a good energy to it, but importantly there is also a fine acidity at its heart. As with many other white wines in this vintage, the acidity does take something of a backseat behind the chalky fruit which sits to the fore. A quite delicious style, ripe, with near-tropical fruit nuances poking though at times, in particular hints of pineapple and mango, but it is that chalky grip which provides most of the lift rather than the looked-for acid backbone. A fine, long and pithy grip to it. 93-95 points

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