2014 Larrivet-Haut-Brion Blanc, Pessac-Léognan

SKU #1266362 94-96 points Wine Enthusiast

 Barrel Sample. Spice, fruit and a rich texture combine to give this wine a wonderful balance and style. As it develops, it is going to have moderate weight and serious intensity.  (3/2015)

90-93 points Wine Spectator

 Ripe and very enticing, with lots of shortbread, salted butter, heather and yellow apple fruit flavors that have yet to knit fully, but are stretching out impressively on the lengthy, macadamia nut-accented finish. This white has been sneakily good recently. (Web-2015)

89-92 points Vinous

 The 2014 Larrivet-Haut-Brion Blanc is built on texture and richness, with considerable new French oak influence. White pear, peach, spice and mint meld together nicely. The style is quite open and pliant within the context of the year. (AG)  (4/2015)

89-91 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The Château Larrivet Haut-Brion Blanc 2014 already offers good intensity on the nose with scents of orange blossom and apple peelings, the oak here nicely integrated and defined. The palate is quite sharp on the entry with very crisp acidity, plenty of peach, ginger and elderflower notes with a slightly disjointed finish that I am sure will coalesce by the time of bottling. It does not quite have the sophistication of its neighbors, but the power and length are both impressive. (NM)  (4/2015)

Jancis Robinson

 Sweet start and lots of refreshing sharp edges. Quite long. Attractive and relatively forward. Everything in place.  (3/2015)

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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.