2018 La Mission Haut-Brion Blanc (Pessac)

57.4% Sauvignon Blanc/42.6% Semillon. Harvest dates 27 August - 5 September. Precision, energy, nice acidite. Citrus lemon and white flowers. A round textural impression cut across by a line of salinity. A complex whole. (NT 12/04/18)
Origin
Pessac-Leognan, Graves, Bordeaux FRANCE
Colour
white
Wine Style
dry
Dominant Grape
Semillon
Closure Style
cork
Maturity
young
Bottle Size
75cl
Case Quantity
6
Wine Score
95 points, Jane Anson, decanter.com, April 2019
17 points, Julia Harding, jancisrobinson.com, April 2019
92-94 points, Lisa Perrotti-Brown, robertparker.com, April 2019
90-92 points, Antonio Galloni, vinous.com, April 2019
91-93 points, Chris Kissack,
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Media Reviews

Jane Anson

A knockout white wine full of character and grip. It`s the second time it`s had a majority of Sauvignon Blanc (along with the 2016), because they really benefitted from the freshness that it provided. Harvested 27 August to 5 September. 3.27pH. 95 points

Julia Harding

57.4% Sauvignon Blanc, 42.6% Sémillon. Less aromatic than the Clarence and a little more spicy. But more impressive on the palate – clean-cut, bright, herby lemon, so fresh for this vintage but with some opulence. Juicy and long and mouth-watering. Much more intense than the Clarence just tasted. Almost a savoury quality from the lees on the finish. 17 points

Lisa Perrotti-Brown

The La Mission Haut-Brion 2018 Blanc is made of 57.4% Sauvignon Blanc and 42.6% Sémillon, harvested August 27 to September 5. It reveals intense lemon curd, lime leaves, yuzu and green mango scents with hints of chalk dust, orange blossoms, pie crust and coriander seed. Medium to full-bodied, the palate explodes with vibrant citrus and tropical fruit layers, with a satiny texture and just enough freshness, finishing long and layered. 92-94 points

Antonio Galloni

The 2018 La Mission Haut-Brion Blanc is rich, ample and expressive, with tons of Sauvignon Blanc character and the added textural richness of the vintage. Orchard fruit, white flowers, mint and white peach all meld together in a pretty, understated wine. The 2018 offers lovely aromatic brightness as well as a sense of translucence that is quite appealing. The Blanc is 57.4% Sauvignon and 42.6% Sémillon. 90-92 points

Chris Kissack

This is a blend of 57.4% Sauvignon Blanc and 42.6% Semillon, picked between August 27th and September 5th. It has a slightly dusty white peach character, fragrant and fresh. A rather quiet presence at the very start, with subtle flavours of crushed white peach and apricot stone from the Semillon, swirling with fresh energy, lovely grip and perfumed pêche des vignes. There is plenty of phenolic substance here, but with a rat her subtle acidity, the acidity showing well at the very start, but seeming to fade a little through the middle. Fresh, charming, and a good effort for the vintage. 91-93 points

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