Laville Haut Brion 2006


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Tasting Notes

An absolutely staggering vintage for this historic and tiny estate, this 2006 has a huge nose of tropical fruit, including pineapple, as well as a liqueur of minerality, with quince, white citrus, and a hint of subtle toast. Full-bodied, with huge concentration, an almost flinty mouthfeel, zesty acidity, and a monster finish, this is a prodigious Laville Haut-Brion that needs about 10 years of cellaring and should last 30 or more years.

Score: 98Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (181), February 2009

This is a strong vintage for Bordeaux’s dry white wines, probably as good or better than 2005. Crisp acidity combined with outstanding concentration and the fact that most of the white grapes were harvested before the rains began in mid-September resulted in an impressive group of wines.

Score: 92/94Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (170), April 2007

Tasted at Haut Brion. A divine nose of lemon, pineapple, whipped cream and mango, Great definition and lift. Good concentration on the palate, dominated by new oak at the moment. Good acidity, very cohesive with a lovely citrus finish. Great potential, a wine with the stuffing to last for decades. Tasted April 2007.

Score: 95/97Neal Martin,, April 2007

86% Sémillon; 14 Sauvignon Blanc.
Mid green gold. Extraordinary nose that suggests very headily perfumed flowers in an expensive Asian hotel - lilies? Jasmine, I think. Very distinctive and racy on the nose with great weight and lanolin on the palate. Acidity in dominant role currently - lots of race - and pretty fine. Not as weighty as some vintages. But should age very well. I’d keep a long, long time until it takes on flesh - the acidity will easily bear long cellaring. Much finer and sleeker than many previous vintages. More angular and floral than the Haut-Brion Blanc. Not sure anywhere else in the world has ever produced anything like this.

Score: 18.5Jancis Robinson MW,, April 2007

Brilliant yellow. Wonderfully complex nose melds lime, stone fruits, mint, licorice, resin and saline oyster shell; still a touch of reduction. Sweet and ripe but with excellent energy and purity to its flavors of yellow fruits, minerals, flint and baked bread (Masclet did a lot of batonnage with this vintage). Beautifully integrated acidity extends the finish of this very ripe and sexy wine. This is outstanding, and perhaps more classically semillon in character than the young 2007, but the newer wine offers even greater potential.

Score: 93Stephen Tanzer, International Wine Cellar (132), June 2007

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