2014 Haut-Brion Blanc, Pessac-Léognan (Pre-Arrival)

SKU #1201251 98-99 points James Suckling

 The is breathtaking like looking down a well that doesn’t end. Full and rich yet deep and gorgeous. It really does take your breath away. It goes on and on with minerals, dried apples, dried mangos and lime. Superb. This is very unique in the blend with 68% Sémillon and the rest being Sauvignon.  (3/2015)

97-99 points Wine Enthusiast

 Barrel Sample. This is a superb, very rich wine, full of great swathes of peaches and apricots. Powerful and round, it is still cut by the most beautiful acidity. The texture is tight, nervy and crisp while never losing its richness and opulence. This magnificent wine will age for decades. (RV)  (4/2015)

95-98 points Wine Spectator

 This returns to a more typical blend of two-thirds Sémillon and one-third Sauvignon Blanc after the rare inverse in 2013. Very youthful, with loads of salted butter, warm brioche and lemon curd notes trumping the quinine, white peach and green plum core for now. The toast is substantial but integrated, gilding rather than weighing down the mouthwatering finish. This should be another beauty in the long run. Tasted non-blind. (JM)  (4/2015)

95-97 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The Château Haut-Brion Blanc 2014 is a blend of 32% Sauvignon Blanc and 68% Sémillon picked between 3 and 11 September. I found the Sémillon more expressive here and offers waxy, resinous scents intermingling with pear skin and fresh gooseberry. The palate is fresh and vibrant with more weight than the La Mission Haut-Brion Blanc '14: extremely well balanced with spine-tingling poise and power on the finish. You can barely notice the 14.75% alcohol. This is a thrilling Haut-Brion Blanc that vies with Domaine de Chevalier Blanc as 'king of the dry whites.' (NM)  (4/2015)

96 points Decanter

 A striking purity with real depth of stone fruit and citrus flavour and beautiful grip that holds on for minutes after you have finished tasting. This is an incredible wine, tension, vigour, purity, the result of great selection and steady-as-she-goes confidence in the winemaking. The acidity is high, which I am sure is why they needed to up the Semillon more than is some years, to balance the freshness with rich round fruits, lemon curd and apricot, totally gorgeous. (JA)  (4/2015)

93-96 points Vinous

 The 2014 Haut-Brion Blanc is a wine of texture above all else. It is also tightly wound and built for the long-term. Hints of smoke, slate, pear and citrus gradually unfold, revealing veins of supporting minerality and acidity that give the wine much of its energy. Deep, powerful and exotic, the Haut-Brion Blanc will captivate readers for many years to come. I very much like the sense of energy and overall tension here. The blend is 68% Sémillon and 32% Sauvignon Blanc. (AG)  (4/2015)

Jancis Robinson

 68% Sémillon, 32% Sauvignon Blanc. Rich and waxy. Broad and refined and already satisfying. Deep and rich and a great undertow. Just a little green streak but massive weight. 18/20 points (JR)  (3/2015)

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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.