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2018 La Mission Haut-Brion Blanc, Pessac-Léognan (Pre-Arrival)

SKU #1407970 97-98 points James Suckling

Outer quote mark This is a dense and lively La Mission white with lemon, lime and cream character and a light mineral and salty undertone. White pepper and salt at the finish. Inner quote mark (4/2019)

95 points Decanter

Outer quote mark A knockout white wine full of character and grip. It's the second time it's had a majority of Sauvignon Blanc (along with the 2016), because they really benefitted from the freshness that it provided. Harvested 27 August to 5 September. (JA) Inner quote mark (3/2019)

93-95 points Vinous

Outer quote mark The 2018 La Mission Haut-Brion Blanc, harvested from 27 August to 5 September and matured in 50% new oak. It is just the second time there has been more Sauvignon Blanc in the blend, the first time was in 2016. It has a touch more precision and penetration on the nose compared to the Haut-Brion Blanc, scents of Mirabelle, dried honey and a touch of crushed gravel. The palate is well balanced with a fine bead of acidity: attractive white peach and Nashi pear notes mixed with a hint of Panna Cotta towards the finish. Excellent. (NM) Inner quote mark (11/2019)

92-94 points Jeb Dunnuck

Outer quote mark A blend of 57.4% Sauvignon Blanc and 42.6% Sémillon, the 2018 La Mission Haut-Brion Blanc has a classic, balanced, yet richer style as well as impressive notes of white flowers, citrus blossom, and honeyed limes. This was a slightly more difficult vintage for whites in comparison to the reds, but this has a beautiful sense of freshness and elegance as well as a deep, layered mid-palate, and a great finish that keeps you coming back to the glass. It’s a thrilling white. 92-94+ Inner quote mark (5/2019)

92-94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

Outer quote mark The La Mission Haut-Brion 2018 Blanc is made of 57.4% Sauvignon Blanc and 42.6% Sémillon, harvested August 27 to September 5. It reveals intense lemon curd, lime leaves, yuzu and green mango scents with hints of chalk dust, orange blossoms, pie crust and coriander seed. Medium to full-bodied, the palate explodes with vibrant citrus and tropical fruit layers, with a satiny texture and just enough freshness, finishing long and layered. (LPB) Inner quote mark (4/2019)

K&L Notes

90-92 points from Antonio Galloni for Vinous: "The 2018 La Mission Haut-Brion Blanc is rich, ample and expressive, with tons of Sauvignon Blanc character and the added textural richness of the vintage. Orchard fruit, white flowers, mint and white peach all meld together in a pretty, understated wine. The 2018 offers lovely aromatic brightness as well as a sense of translucence that is quite appealing. The Blanc is 57.4% Sauvignon and 42.6% Sémillon." (4/2019)

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