2013 Haut-Brion Blanc, Pessac-Léognan (Pre-Arrival)

SKU #1161934 95-98 points Wine Spectator

 The pear skin, honeysuckle, chamomile and verbena aromas are all defined already, with an almost creamy feel to the core of white peach, lemon chiffon and macadamia nut notes. Shows remarkable depth and richness, with straw and brioche accents helping the finish glide along beautifully. A stunner, possibly the wine of the vintage. Sauvignon Blanc and Sémillon.-Tasted non-blind. (Web-2014)

95-97 points Wine Enthusiast

 Barrel Sample. A magnificently rich, rounded wine, packed with pineapple, apricot and crisp apple flavors. Citrus acidity gives freshness, and the wood aging will smooth the tight acidity with time. Impressive and complex, this is a white wine that needs to age.  (4/2014)

94-96 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 As one might expect, this is probably the dry white wine of the vintage. Composed of 70% Semillon and 30% Sauvignon Blanc, it shows no trace of its time spent in 100% new oak, but offers copious notes of lemon oil, orange blossom, honeysuckle, fig and grapefruit. The wine possesses a broad, full-bodied mouthfeel with great precision, freshness and length. Consume it over the next 30+ years. (RP)  (8/2014)

93-96 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Bright yellow-gold. Knockout nose combines honeyed notes of stone, custard cream, ripe green fig, lemongrass and quince. Then very rich, multilayered and deep, with creamy flavors of gooseberry, aromatic herbs and white chocolate complicated by a peppery nuance and a hint of menthol. Finishes extremely long and saline, with juicy acidity and marvelous mouthcoating texture. This potentially fantastic wine is clearly dominated by its Sauvignon component in the early going. This has to be one of Bordeaux's top 10 wines of 2013, reds and Sauternes included. (ID)  (6/2014)

93-94 points James Suckling

 This white has more Sauvignon Blanc than normal: about two thirds instead of half. Full body with lots of fennel, grapefruit, apple and pineapple-skin character. Dense, bright acidity. A round, fruity white.  (4/2014)

K&L Notes

Château Haut-Brion is one of the five First Growth wines of Bordeaux, and the only one from Graves. Located on two hillocks with gravel over clay and sand in Pessac, for a classic Graves terroir. It is the oldest wine estate in Bordeaux and was even served to Charles II! The estate is now owned and lovingly managed by the Dillon family, the royal family of Luxembourg.

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Staff Image By: Alex Pross | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 5/14/2014 | Send Email
***½ Iodine, lime blossom and hints of lemon crème. Pitted fruit, nut skin and good body-feels a bit more masculine than the La Mission.

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- A rich, viscous, full-flavored but subtly-scented and botrytis-prone white grape, Sémillon reaches magical heights when infected with "noble rot" and combined with even small amounts of the aromatic and high-acid Sauvignon Blanc to make Sauternes, one of the world's most revered and longest-lived wines, and in the sweet wines of surrounding regions like Barsac. Sémillon's most famous incarnation is in the wines of Château d'Yquem, one of the world's most expensive wines, and one that has been known to evolve for centuries. It frequently dominates, but not by much, in the oak-aged whites of Bordeaux's Graves and Pessac-Léognan, creating honeyed and viscous wines that are unlike any others. Elsewhere in Bordeaux and around France it takes on a supporting role in the wines of Entre-Deux-Mers and the Médoc. While planted throughout France, Europe, California and Washington, Sémillon's role as underling usually keeps it out of the spotlight with a few winery-specific exceptions. However, the grape is allowed to shine in Australia's Hunter Valley, where it is used to make an elegant dry wine often called, perplexingly, Hunter Valley Riesling. It also makes some incredible dry, oaked wines from the Barossa and lovely stickies in the style of Sauternes.


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- Graves is the large red and white wine region located to the southeast of the city of Bordeaux along the Garonne River. Cabernet Sauvignon dominates the red wines from the area, while the whites are mixtures of Sauvignon Blanc and Semillon. The most important area within the Graves is the village of Pessac-Leognan. Most of the great chateaux, including Haut Brion, a premier cru and the only wine outside of the Medoc to be included in the 1855 Classification, are located in this small appellation. Graves derives its name from the rocky, stony terrain of the region. Many people believe that the stony soil radiates the day's heat at night and thus makes the grapes ripen earlier than the other regions in Bordeaux.