2014 La Mission Haut-Brion Blanc, Pessac-Léognan (Pre-Arrival)
So much lemon, pineapple and green-papaya aromas here. Stones and salt block, too. Full-bodied, dense and layered with a creamy and layered mouthfeel. Powerful and agile at the same time. Exceptional. Rivals the 100-point 2011 La Mission. Drink if you can find it!
*Cellar Selection* With 83% Sémillon in the blend, this wine has weight as well as richness. At the same time, it has a crisp edge, a smoky character from wood aging and the fine balance between citrus and more exotic fruits. It is a wine to age for many years. Drink from 2022. (RV)
Gorgeous savoury fruit right off the first nose, this is majoring on a complex array of citrus and stone fruits, with some freshly cut lemon on the attack then fattening up through the mid palate with a more lemon curd richness, the 72% Semillon (higher than normal) really makes its presence felt. Beautiful length, minerality and savoury herbs continually flashing along the palate, stone fruits again coming in on mid-palate but never less than elegant, with the fruit held in a firm hold from beginning to end. Impressive, clever winemaking. Great acidity, and although a high 14.75%, the balance is clear.
The 2014 La Mission Haut-Brion Blanc has really blossomed since I tasted it from barrel. A brilliant, mesmerizing wine, the 2014 exudes personality and class. Lemon confit, white flowers, slate and orchard fruit give the wine its chiseled, expressive personality. Above all else, though, the 2014 is a wine that speaks to balance. There is quite a bit of ripeness and texture, but also vibrant acidity to keep things in check. The blend is 72 % Sémillon and 28 % Sauvignon. (AG)
An intriguing flash of mint gives way quickly to white peach, tangerine, dried pineapple and singed macadamia nut notes. Rich, but a bitter orange hint streaks through the finish, imparting terrific cut. Still youthfully raw, but there's more than enough energy and depth here for aging. Best from 2022 through 2032. (JM)
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The 2014 La Mission Haut Brion Blanc has a surprisingly strict bouquet that needed coaxing from the glass, eventually offering scents of Cornice pear, jasmine and honeysuckle. This is very subtle and clearly will need a few years in bottle, just like Laville Haut Brion demanded. The palate is well balanced with crisp acidity, a cheeky pinch of lemongrass enlivening the senses on the entry, quite a feral La Mission Haut Brion Blanc with the Sémillon fully in control on the lightly honeyed, spicy finish. It is a great La Mission Haut Brion, although I remain convinced that the 2014 Haut Brion Blanc has the class this year. (NM)
72% Sémillon, 28% Sauvignon Blanc. Mid greenish gold. Low-key nose and then lovely broad fat fruit with beeswax. Some richness and really vibrant on the nose. Pretty embryonic. 17.5+/20 points