The undisputed king of Bordeaux's dry white wines. Produced in miniscule quantities. The 2.8 hectare vineyard rarely makes much more than 500 dozen bottles a year from a blend of around 2/3 Semillon and 1/3 Sauvignon Blanc.
Composed of 56.2% Sauvignon Blanc and 43.8% Sémillon, the 2017 Blanc sashays out of the glass with gregarious notions of peach preserves, pineapple tart and orange blossoms with touches of musk perfume, candied ginger and allspice. Medium-bodied, the palate reveals a gorgeous satiny texture with amazing citrus and tropical fruit intensity and a seriously racy backbone carrying the layers to a very long, impactful finish. Give this a few more years to really flaunt its stuff, and I wouldn’t be at all surprised if this warrants the full three-digits. Bravo! Drink 2023-2050.
The 2017 Haut-Brion Blanc was picked 22 to 30 August according to Jean-Philippe Delmas. I find this conveys more tension than the La Mission Haut-Brion Blanc at this early stage. There is better penetration with crushed stone/petrichor notes emerging with time. The palate is very well balanced with a fine bead of acidity, slightly honeyed in texture with hints of ginger and caramelised pear towards the persistent finish. This is an excellent Haut-Brion Blanc that will give many years of drinking pleasure. 2021 - 2050.
The 2017 Haut-Brion Blanc was picked from 22 to 30 August. It has a slightly more intense and voluminous bouquet compared to the La Mission Blanc. I adore the nose here, so striking and precise with scents of freshly squeezed lime, dew specked green apple, orange zest and later apricot blossom, all with wonderful definition. The palate is medium-bodied with a tensile entry. There are notes of orange rind, fresh ginger and a touch of bitter lemon towards the persistent finish. It is an excellent Haut Brion Blanc that should offer 20+ years of drinking pleasure. Drink 2020 - 2045.
Composed of 56.2% Sauvignon Blanc and 43.8% Sémillon, the 2017 Blanc sashays out of the glass with gregarious notions of peach preserves, pineapple tart and orange blossoms with touches of musk perfume, candied ginger and allspice. Medium-bodied, the palate reveals a gorgeous satiny texture with amazing citrus and tropical fruit intensity and a seriously racy backbone carrying the layers to a very long, impactful finish. Give this a few more years to really flaunt its stuff, and I wouldn’t be at all surprised if this warrants the full three-digits. Bravo! 2023 - 2050
Composed of 56.2% Sauvignon Blanc and 43.8% Sémillon, the 2017 Blanc from Haut-Brion is a little more reticent on the nose than the La Mission Haut-Brion Blanc, offering up subtle pink grapefruit, green mango and ripe pears scents with an undercurrent of baking bread, ginger and allspice plus a waft of lemon peel. The palate is medium-bodied with wonderfully generous tropical and citrus flavors accented by loads of spices, finishing long and savory.
This is so reserved and tight, yet you can sense density and depth that seems endless, like a black well. Full-bodied, but agile and lively. Serious flavors of lemon peel, lemon grass and slate. It goes on for minutes. Thought-provoking wine, in a sublime way. Try after 2025.
A tight and linear white with an energetic line of lemon-rind and lime character. Medium to full body, bright acidity and a fresh finish. 56% sauvignon blanc and 44% semillon.
The 2017 Haut-Brion Blanc Sauvignon offers a super appealing combination of textural richness and freshness. Tropical overtones, white flowers, mint, pear, sage and white pepper nuances drive the Sauvignon Blanc-leaning profile. Time in the glass brings out the wine's distinctive oily feel. 2020 - 2030.
The 2017 Haut-Brion Blanc is totally seamless, with no real beginning or end. Creamy and deeply layered, the 2017 is simply magnificent. Lemon confit, chamomile, mint, and white pepper. There is a real sense of textural depth and weight to the 2017, even if the flavors remain very much on the bright side of things. I imagine the 2017 will age beautifully for many decades to come.
More creamy and spicy than the Mission Haut-Brion Blanc. More rounded but also more piercing from the Sauvignon Blanc. Quite a different style, lacks the waxiness of the Mission but is more persistent and more powerful. More depth yet without the same richness as in the Mission. Drink 2022-2027
An early harvest here - from August 22nd to 30th. The grape mix is 56% Sauvignon Blanc, 44% Semillon. Dense and brooding on the nose, with smoky, tropical and exotic fruit. The palate is waxy, rich and textural with powerful, creamy, tropical fruits exploding from a dense core of pineapple, passion fruit and mango. The complexity comes from new oak and reduction, offering wood smoke, clove, vanilla and struck flint. Wave after wave of flavour come through to the finish, which is extremely long. This is hedonistic and yet very precise, with impeccable balance and harmony.
Flinty and fresh both nose and palate are bright the mineral backed by citrusy freshness Grapefruit in the middle more depth of fruit white peach at the back the finish is racy fresh fruited with lovely length. Drink 2021 - 2036.
Both La Mission and Haut Brion Blanc are incredibly accomplished, sit-up-and-take-notice whites this year, showcasing the potential brilliance and longevity of white wines in 2017. The Sauvignon Blanc comes through as a slight wildness on the attack because the intensity is just so clear, with touches of white flowers and chamomile. It hits all the right notes, evolving into wonderfully polished flavours of white peach, fleshy apricot and rosemary that just keep on coming, hitting your palate with mouthwatering precision. La Mission has all the finessed aromatics on the attack, while Haut Brion has the length. 3.22pH.
Drinking Window 2020 - 2035
This could not be a more different wine than the La Mission Haut-Brion Blanc, with massive power and muscle in addition to the devastating acidity. If anything this wine looks a little daunting and almost too hard and brittle. Of course, time will tell, but it is about as commanding and intense as any young white wine (from anywhere) I have ever seen. In endeavouring to dissect it and agitate the glass in order to shake out some more tender notes there are, indeed, linden blossom and lime zest details which will emerge in time. I have feeling that this wine might out-age me, such is its elemental force and belligerence.