The 2016 La Mission Haut-Brion Blanc has improved on the nose since en primeur, offering gently unfolding white peach, red apple, chalk and light yellow flower aromas. The palate is well balanced with a fine bead of acidity, taut and linear and a little wavier than its Haut Brion Blanc counterpart, leaving a touch of lemongrass on the aftertaste. A refined, cerebral proposition that will age like those great Lavilles of the past. Drink 2022-2040.
|Score: 93||Neal Martin, vinous.com (Jan 2019), January 2019|
The La Mission Haut Brion 2016 Blanc is a blend of 62.7% Sauvignon Blanc and 37.3% Sémillon picked from 5-13 September. It has a crisp bouquet with kiwi, grapefruit and cold stone aromas, although it does not convey the vigor or complexity of the 2015, due to the lower proportion of Sémillon. The palate is well balanced with a pleasant texture; there is orange zest, lime, a touch of stem ginger and a very satisfying, quite persistent finish. It is a well-made La Mission Haut Brion Blanc that should give 10-20 years of drinking pleasure.
Drink Date 2020 - 2040
|Score: 91/93||Neal Martin, Wine Advocate (230), April 2017|
Conditions were a little challenging for the Sémillon this year, and the blend of the La Mission Haut-Brion 2016 Blanc is, unusually, dominated by Sauvignon Blanc (62.7%) with 37.3% Sémillon. It reveals subtle notions of mandarin peel, fresh grapefruit and pineapple with touches of crushed rocks, white peaches and coriander seed. Medium-bodied, the palate has a racy line of freshness cutting through the vibrant citrus and tropical layers, finishing on a lingering mineral note. Considering the challenges, this is a very impressive result! Drink 2020 - 2035.
|Score: 95+||Lisa Perrotti-Brown MW, Wine Advocate (Interim), November 2018|
This is fruity and exotic with key limes and mangoes. Full body, some phenolic texture and a long and flavorful finish. Mostly sauvignon blanc and sauvignon gris with hints of muscadelle and semillon.
|Score: 93||James Suckling, JamesSuckling.com (227), February 2019|
Although this has great freshness, candied-lemon and complex dried herb character, it also has a rich and waxy side, plus a touch of vanilla. Rich and powerful with a lot more structure than most Pessac-Léognan whites. It also has wonderful tension and drive that’s rooted in the vibrant acidity, but supported by the mineral and lemon-zest notes. A blend of 62.7 per cent sauvignon blanc and 37.3 per cent semillon. Better from 2021.
|Score: 96||James Suckling, JamesSuckling.com (227), February 2019|
This is dense like a Montrachet yet so minerally with crushed-stone undertones. Full-bodied, layered and powerful. A great glass of white wine. First time they used a majority of sauvignon blanc.
|Score: 98/99||James Suckling, JamesSuckling.com, March 2017|
The 2016 La Mission Haut-Brion Blanc is unusual in that it is the first vintage for this wine in which Sauvignon Blanc is the dominant variety. Ample and creamy on the palate, the 2016 offers plenty of depth and overall texture, but here those qualities are coming from the warm, dry weather that defined the final part of the growing season rather than the Sémillon that usually forms the majority of the blend. There is a level of immediacy in the citrus peel, white flower and sage flavors that is quite appealing. Above all else, the Blanc is more a wine of variety (specifically Sauvignon Blanc) than of place, as is the case with the Haut-Brion Blanc. Deputy managing director Jean-Philippe Delmas attributes that to the average age of the Sauvignon vines here, which is on average on the lower side.
|Score: 90/93||Antonio Galloni, vinous.com, April 2017|
Thick and sweet and racy. Some wild notes. Very different from the old Laville Haut-Brion! Great tension. A halfway house with some ginger flavour.
|Score: 17||Jancis Robinson MW, JancisRobinson.com, April 2017|
The rare dry white wine from La Mission Haut Brion is made by the same team as Haut Brion Blanc. It used to be known as Laville Haut Brion but changed its name in 2009. The 2.5 hectare vineyard produces around 500 dozen bottles annually. There is more Semillon planted here than Sauvignon Blanc (the opposite of Haut Brion Blanc). 2016 is the first time in the wine's history that there is more Sauvignon Blanc in the blend of La Mission Haut Brion, with 63%, and the remaining 37% Semillon. Pale in colour and immediately different to the usual wine. Very zesty, taut and mineral. The palate is fresh, vibrant and limey with a touch of apple and citrus. Firm and smoky through the mid palate, this should gain more weight and flesh out with additional time in barrel, but it remains tight in the glass even as more aromatics unfurl with time.
|Score: 17+||Farr Vintners, April 2017|
Ranking with the top 3-4 whites in the vintage, the 2016 La Mission Haut-Brion Blanc is Sauvignon-dominated in 2016 and is 62.7% Sauvignon and 37.3% Sémillon. Vibrant and racy, with beautiful tension and purity, it offers a classic perfume of tart apples, dried herbs, lemon curd, and a liquid rock-like minerality that develops with time in the glass. The buzzwords here are vibrant, bright, tight, and great. Drink 2021-2046.
|Score: 97||Jeb Dunnuck, JebDunnuck.com, March 2019|
The nose has a racy freshness the start of the palate citrusy spicy with white pepper, white flowers a hint of sage. Ripe fruit in the middle white peach some tropical fruits the back palate leaner fresh the finish has length and lingering fruit. 2018-26
|Score: 90/93||Derek Smedley MW, DerekSmedleyMW.co.uk, April 2017|
“It was a challenge to preserve freshness in the whites in 2016,” according to Jean-Philippe Delmas, but he certainly succeeded here. This is a focused, taut, pithy, Sauvignon-led white, with subtle oak, thrilling minerality and grapefruit and gooseberry notes. 2020-30
|Score: 95||Tim Atkin MW, timatkin.com, April 2017|
They have the weight of expectation here, of course, with this wine known to be one of the greatest whites in Bordeaux, and you can feel the battle against the summer drought. It's still stunning though, riven with rich citrus, white pepper and soft grilled almonds, and it grips the sides of your mouth, keeping up the pace. This is the first time since it changed its name from Laville Haut-Brion where there is more Sauvignon Blanc than Sémillon, chosen because it helped to capture the freshness. 30% of the production went into this, 40% to Clarté, and a full 30% into Clarendelle. The blend is 62.7% Sauvignon Blanc and 37.3% Sémillon aged in 37% new oak.
Drinking Window 2019 - 2035
|Score: 94||Jane Anson, Decanter.com, April 2017|