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

SKU #1201251 100 points Wine Enthusiast

 *Cellar Selection* Full of ripe fruit, opulent and concentrated, this is a fabulous and impressive wine. It has a beautiful line of acidity balanced with ripe fruits. The wood aging is subtle, just a hint of smokiness and toast. This is one of those wines, from a great white wine vintage, that will age many years. Drink from 2024. (RV)  (4/2017)

97 points James Suckling

 The aromas are endless here with stones, green apples and limes. Full-bodied, tight and dense yet so agile and lively. Stones, grass and cream. It goes on for minutes. A classic white Haut-Brion here. More Semillon that most vintages. Drink or hold.  (2/2017)

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)

97 points Vinous

 A magnificent wine, the 2014 Haut-Brion Blanc is drop-dead gorgeous. Ample, broad and intense, but with remarkable freshness, it captures the best of what the season had to offer. Lemon oil, white flowers, white pepper and slate burst from the glass in an extraordinary display of tension, class and pedigree. This is remarkable wine by any measure. Best of all, it should drink well for years and perhaps even decades to come. (AG)  (2/2017)

97 points Wine Spectator

 A towering white, loaded with crème fraîche, verbena, makrut lime, Meyer lemon, singed macadamia nut, wet straw and lemon pound cake notes, this provides a startling range of aromas and flavors, displaying a gorgeous combination of richness and raciness. Though large-scaled, the purity here is stunning. Will probably outlast more than a few reds in the vintage. Best from 2021 through 2035. (JM)  (3/2017)

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)

Jancis Robinson

 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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Varietal:

Semillon

- 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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France

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Bordeaux

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Pessac-Leognan/Graves

- 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.