2013 Haut-Brion Blanc, Pessac-Léognan (Pre-Arrival)
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)
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.
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
(66% sauvignon and 34% semillon; 46 hl/ha yield): 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.