2013 La Mission Haut-Brion Blanc, Pessac-Léognan (Pre-Arrival)
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
(76% semillon and 24% sauvignon blanc; 46 h/h yield): Bright, pale yellow-gold. Subtly complex aromas of white stone fruits, lime, nut oil, nutmeg, menthol and bitter grapefruit. A huge, deep wine with laser-like acidity lifting the highly concentrated tropical fruit, white peach, spice and herb flavors. As youthfully chewy, thick and palate-staining as this is, it's also wonderfully light on its feet, showing uncommon class. One of the ten best Bordeaux wines of the year.
Barrel Sample. This is a richly styled white, with great acidity as well as apricot and white peach fruits. The wine is shot through with grapefruit, lemon and a steely mineral texture.
Gorgeous white peach, jicama and verbena notes glide along, with a racy edge that gains steam through the very bright, pure finish, which is brisk and energetic, showing serious length and mouthwatering minerality. This has a lovely stony backdrop. Sémillon and Sauvignon Blanc.-Tasted non-blind. (Web-2014)