2018 Olivier Blanc (Pessac-Leognan)

Pessac-Leognan, Graves, Bordeaux FRANCE
Wine Style
Dominant Grape
Sauvignon Blanc
Bottle Size
Case Quantity
Wine Score
93 points, Jane Anson, decanter.com, April 2019
16 points, Julia Harding, jancisrobinson.com, April 2019
92-94 points, Lisa Perrotti-Brown, robertparker.com, April 2019
88-90 points, Antonio Galloni, vinous.com, April 2019
88-90 points, Chris Kissack,

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Media Reviews

Jane Anson

Olivier comes close to delivering the kick that`s missing in many of the Pessac whites this year. It`s a juicy, rich, well structured wine that maintains its freshness. I tasted this a few times and it definitely delivers the slate crawl towards the finish that slows down your experience and makes a great white stretch out. 45hl/ha yield. 30% new oak for ageing. 93 points

Julia Harding

75% Sauvignon Blanc, 25% Sémillon; 30% new oak. Cloudy lemon. Inviting smoky, herbal nose. Smells creamy and rich but full of lively citrus. On the palate, dry but creamy, with just enough fruit depth in the middle to balance the winemaking influence. Not a standout but well done in a complicated vintage. 16 points

Lisa Perrotti-Brown

The Olivier 2018 Blanc is a little reticent to begin, opening to give notions of fresh limes, lemon peel, white grapefruit and wet slate with a touch of coriander seed. Medium-bodied, the palate is tight, with great tension and loads of citrusy layers, finishing long and minerally. 92-94 points

Antonio Galloni

The 2018 Olivier Blanc is bright, crisp and full of personality. Lime peel and expressive floral notes are finely cut. Deceptive in its light, airy feel, the Blanc is beautifully persistent and offers a good bit of potential. 88-90 points

Chris Kissack

A blend of 75% Sauvignon Blanc and 25% Semillon, this was picked at a yield of 45 hl/ha. The alcohol is 14.1%. It suggests freshness on the nose, one of Olivier`s better traits I guess, although it does seem rather introverted on this encounter. It has some lightly bitter peach skin notes. The palate shows real substance, with ripe orchard fruit to the fore, white peach and ripe pear, with a weighty substance, and as per the vintage it seems to have substance, energy and a pithy grip giving it some frame, but it is a bit short on acidity and vivacity. Which is all certainly different to the varietal acid-bright Olivier of old, I guess. The élevage will be ten months in oak barrel , 30% new, with bâtonnage. 88-90 points

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