2019 Chateau Haut-Brion Blanc Pessac-Leognan Pre-Arrival
Winemaker Notes: Château Haut-Brion white wine is synonymous with uniqueness, excellence and aromatic intensity. Only 400 cases are produced per vintage. The unique blend of Sémillon and Sauvignon gives this Graves wine a concentration and breadth that is atypical of a dry white Bordeaux. The wine is a beautiful pale yellow in color. The first nose is intense, marked by Sauvignon, ethereal yet ripe, delicate and fresh. When swirled in the glass, there is an incredible impression of “densification” and complexity: the Sémillon clearly acts as an aroma enhancer, beyond a doubt. The first impression is generous, fragrant and flavorful. The wine then extends, displaying an outstanding length that continues to gain momentum, revealing spicy nuances. This Haut-Brion confirms that years marked by a very hot and dry summer can produce white wines of incredible freshness and power of flavors. One of the most beautiful Haut-Brion whites, very similar to the 2017, and undoubtedly a future 1993, one of the most successful vintages of recent years.
Blend: 64.4% Sauvignon Blanc, 35.6% Semillon
Jeb Dunnuck - "The light gold-hued 2019 Château Haut-Brion Blanc is more Sauvignon-dominated and includes close to 36% Semillon. It's a more mineral-laced, complex, layered wine, with stunning notes of crushed citrus, white grapefruit, orange blossom, and salty, crushed rock-like nuances. The purity here is just about off the charts, and it's medium to full-bodied, with flawless balance, perfectly integrated acidity, and a finish that won't quit. It's a brilliant white in every sense. Barrel Sample: 97-100"
James Suckling - "This is crazy quality. The depth and intensity is really something. It is so compact and powerful with such intensity and density. Energy. So structured. Full-bodied. Layered and superb. Like a great Montrachet from a great vintage, but so Haut Brion. Speechless. Perfect wine. Barrel Sample: 100"
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate - "This Haut-Brion 2019 Blanc is a blend of 64.4% Sauvignon Blanc and 35.6% Semillon, harvested from the 29th of August to the 9th of September. The estimated label alcohol degree is 14%. The nose is quite subdued to begin, soon unfurling to offer fragrant scents of orange blossoms, white peaches and lime cordial with hints of oyster shell, fresh ginger, pomelo and kumquat plus a suggestion of jasmine. The medium to full-bodied palate has a seducing hint of oiliness texturing the intense citrus and chalky layers, lifted by bold freshness and finishing with incredible length and perfume. Just stunning. Barrel Sample: 96-98+"
Wine Enthusiast - "The richness of the Sauvignon Blanc in this wine is outstanding. Combined with a tight mineral texture and the purity of the fruits, the wine is on the cusp of something seriously great. It will certainly age over many years. Barrel Sample: 96-98"
Vinous - "The 2019 Haut-Brion Blanc simply has it all; energy, texture and striking aromatics all race across the palate. I would be in no rush to open the 2019, as it needs time. Today, it is the wine's pure richness and depth that are so impressive. Hints of orchard fruit, white pepper, slate, lemon confit, dried flowers and chamomile build over time. The 2019 is a glorious wine. That's pretty much all there is to it."
Decanter - "Clear difference in personality from La Mission Blanc, tons of rich texture, but more pulled together, with the Sauvignon making its mark. Feels poised at exactly the right level of ripeness, where there is so much flavour, it drips with citrus and nectarine alongside hints of green leaf and juice. One to savour, a brilliant Haut Brion Blanc with mouthwatering salinity on the finish. Barrel Sample: 97"
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