2006 Haut-Brion Blanc, Pessac-Léognan (Previously $569)
95 points Robert Parker: "It is always interesting to taste this wine next to its stablemate, Laville Haut-Brion. While Laville has 80% Semillon in it, giving it more fat and concentration, Haut-Brion is 55% Sauvignon Blanc and 45% Semillon. This is a crisp yet powerful wine, full-bodied, with great minerality and a subtle smokiness intermixed with hints of quince, white currant, orange skin, and lemon custard. Long, rich, and tightly knit, with good acidity and no evidence of any oak whatsoever despite the use of 100% new French oak, this wine is set for a long life as well. Anticipated maturity: 2014-2035." (02/09) 95 points Wine Spectator: "What a nose, with fresh pineapple, mineral, toasty oak, apricot and other fresh fruits. Full and very structured, with a tight yet thick mouthfeel. Long and flavorful. Really hiding it now, but it's all there. Best after 2011. 500 cases made." (03/09) K&L's notes - A normal 39 htl/hectare. 56% sauvignon blanc and 44% semillon. Cinnamon, clove, pear aromas. Great spice on the palate. Tremendous length-fabulous wine. Will be $$$ if you can find it. **1/2+ RS: The chance to taste this is why you stay in the wine business!