1998 Haut-Brion Blanc, Pessac-Léognan

SKU #993261 96 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 A prodigious example, the 1998 tastes like liquid minerals intermixed with honeyed grapefruit, lanolin, citrus, smoke, and passion fruit. Full-bodied, with good acidity, plenty of structure, and a tremendously long finish, it remains youthful and tight, but the upside is awesome. (RP)  (1/2003)

96 points Wine Spectator

 Gorgeous and generous, with loads of apple tart, cream and vanilla aromas that follow through to a dense and rich palate with layers of apple tart and cream flavors. More like a red wine in density. (JS, Web-2009)

93 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Very subtle, complex nose melds citrus scents, honeysuckle, butterscotch and coconut, plus a whiff of fresh herbs. Fat, thick and strong in extract; a waxy semillon quality and peach and citrus flavors give the mid-palate lovely sweetness. Very firmly structured, almost like a red wine. Very long finish features a repeating note of coconut. (ST)  (5/2000)

Jancis Robinson

 Pale gold -- looks almost like a fino. Haunting nose -- though it was apparently opened quite soon before serving -- unlike the reds that were opened a good three hours in advance. Lightly pungent. Quite harsh with a sweet palate entry. Much firmer and more structured than the Musigny Blanc 1992 with which it was served. I could imagine enjoying this with a meat dish. This is well past its early drinking period (probably 2005-2010) but was much livelier and more pungent than a 1982 tasted a few days later. This is a red wine that happens to be white. Between its two drinking windows? 17.5/20 points (JR)  (6/2013)

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Sauvignon Blanc

- One of the best known "international" varieties originally cultivated in France and considered the parent of, with Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon. Sauvignon's wonderfully distinctive aromatics generate some of wine's most colorful descriptors, among them "cat pee," herbaceous, grassy, citrusy the world over. In France, the apex of Sauvignon Blanc production is the Loire Valley, in the appellations of Sancerre and Pouilly-Fumé, where the terroir expresses itself most beautifully through the grape. Sauvignon Blanc is also the leading white grape varietal in Bordeaux, where it is paired with the fatter, richer Sémillon to varying degrees. Relatively easy to cultivate, though more suited to cool climates, Sauvignon Blanc has made inroads in Europe outside of France, especially in Northeastern Italy's Friuli and Alto Adige, but also on the Slovenian border. These lovely wines are often overshadowed by Sauvignon Blanc's achievements in the New World, namely New Zealand, South Africa and California. New Zealand's Sauvignon Blancs, more conspicuously fruity than most French examples, landed the small island nation on the world wine map in the late-1980s and 1990s. South African Sauvignons are one of the most successful international varieties produced in that country and are often quite elegant and affordable. In California, Robert Mondavi managed to, almost single-handedly, created a market for Sauvignon Blanc by renaming his oak-fermented version Fumé Blanc. While some wineries still use the name, California Sauvignon Blanc has secured its place in the California wine pantheon, particularly those from the Napa Valley. Washington State, Chile and Argentina also have considerable plantings of the grape.


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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.