Haut Brion Blanc 2015


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Tasting Notes

The 2015 Haut-Brion Blanc does not quite deliver the same complexity as the Domaine de Chevalier Blanc or the La Mission Haut-Brion Blanc, but it gradually opens to reveal attractive peach skin, marzipan and orange pith scents that feel pure and clean. The fresh, crisp palate is very well balanced with a fine bead of acidity, supremely well integrated oak and a persistent orange zest and apricot-tinged finish. This just oozes class and sophistication. Tasted blind at the Southwold 2015 Bordeaux tasting.

Score: 96Neal Martin, vinous.com, July 2019

The Haut Brion 2015 Blanc is a blend of 69% Sauvignon Blanc and 31% Sémillon. This is much more expressive on the nose than the La Mission Haut Brion Blanc, with green apples, kiwi fruit, minerals and later gooseberry and tinned peaches. The palate is very well balanced with a fine thread of acidity, complex and nuanced with a fabulous, slightly creamy-textured finish with veins of apricot and tangerine. What a wonderful Haut Brion Blanc this is turning into. Anticipated maturity: 2020 - 2045.

Score: 96Neal Martin, -, March 2018

The 2015 Haut Brion Blanc is a blend of 69% Sauvignon Blanc and 31% Semillon that was picked between 28 August and 7 September. Like the 2015 La Mission Haut Brion Blanc, the bouquet was quite backward despite rigorous aeration, reluctantly proffering aromas of lime, citrus lemon, gooseberry and a touch of tinned peach. The palate is very well balanced with a fine line of acidity, perhaps even more tensile and precise than the 2015 La Mission Haut-Brion with greengage, citrus lemon and a touch of pineapple furnishing the long finish. This is a beautifully crafted Haut Brion Blanc that will reward those with the nous to cellar it for 10-15 years.

Score: 94/96Neal Martin, Wine Advocate (224), April 2016

Composed of 69% Sauvignon Blanc and 31% Semillon, the Haut-Brion 2015 Blanc simply sings with melodious notes of ripe Bosc pears, Golden Delicious apple slices, fresh pineapple and honeyed apricots, providing a highly emotive leitmotif of chalk dust, yuzu zest, shaved almonds and beeswax not to mention the faintest tone of pure lime blossom. The medium to full-bodied palate contributes a compelling steeliness to all those incredible layers, plus a fantastic frame of freshness, finishing with multifaceted mineral and citrus accents. The many tightly wound nuances here as well as the built-like-a-brick-house structure promise to greatly reward the patient over the next 25+ years. Trust me, lovers of this style will be kicking themselves if they don’t purchase a few bottles of this amazing vintage while they can. 2020 - 2045

Score: 97+Lisa Perrotti-Brown MW, Wine Advocate (Interim Fe), February 2018

The is a creamy and enticing Haut-Brion Blanc showing cream, cooked-apple, lemon and mineral aromas and flavors. Full-bodied, layered and soft with silky tannins. A long and bright aftertaste. Energetic and focused. Drink now.

Score: 97James Suckling, JamesSuckling.com, February 2018

Dense and very powerful with reserve and seamless phenolic. Full body, sliced apple and lemon rind. So long and flavorful. A beautiful and balanced wine. Undertones of oyster shell and stone. Excellent as always.

Score: 96/97James Suckling, JamesSuckling.com, March 2016

The 2015 Haut-Brion Blanc is positively stunning. Among other things, I am absolutely amazed by how fresh and vibrant the 2015 is today. The citrus, floral and mineral notes pulse with tons of energy. Sauvignon Blanc plays the leading role, but the Blanc doesn't really taste like Sauvignon Blanc - it tastes like Haut-Brion Blanc. In that sense, the 2015 is a wine of place first, while the varietal blend does not appear to be that important at all. 2020 - 2050

Score: 97Antonio Galloni, vinous.com, February 2018

The 2015 Haut-Brion Blanc brings together freshness with power like few wines in this vintage. Lemon confit, white flowers, mint and ripe orchard fruit all open up in the glass. In this vintage, the white is Sauvignon Blanc dominated, but it doesn’t taste like it at all. Beams of salinity give the 2015 its focus and energy through the finish. This is a stellar showing.

Score: 94/97Antonio Galloni, vinous.com, April 2016

Dense and lively. Turbo-charged Sauvignon! Some real elegance and lift - honey and the race of Sauvignon. Expressive.
Drink 2022-2032

Score: 18Jancis Robinson MW, JancisRobinson.com, April 2016

The undisputed king of Bordeaux's dry white wines. Truly great, but produced in miniscule quantities. The 2.8 hectare vineyard rarely makes much more than 500 dozen bottles a year from a blend of around 2/3 Semillon and 1/3 Sauvignon Blanc. The 2015 blend is 69% Sauvignon Blanc, 31% Semillon which were picked between August 28th and September 7th. Medium lemon colour in the glass with a very zesty lemon and grapefruit perfume, layered with lime and peach blossom. The palate is rich, round and supple with quite a bit of viscosity cut through by crisp acidity. This is a wine with both power and verve. Lemon fruits make the core of the flavour profile, but hints of gooseberry, greengage and a little peach and pineapple move it to riper fruits. This is precise, fine and very long in the finish.

Score: 18Farr Vintners, March 2016

The 2015 Haut Brion Blanc is the more Sauvignon dominated white from this team (the La Mission is more Sémillon) and checks in as 69% Sauvignon Blanc and 31% Sémillon, brought up in barrel. It offers a sensational perfume of caramelized limes, white grapefruit, tangerine, mint, and citrus, with a pure, elegant, seamless style on the palate. It’s not as concentrated or opulent as the la Mission, yet has incredible precision and purity, as well as minerality. Drink it anytime over the coming decade (or more). 2018 - 2028

Score: 97Jeb Dunnuck, JebDunnuck.com, November 2017

The nose has depth sweet fruit the palate an opulence depth of flavour with tropical fruits backed by yellow peach. There is balance the mid sweetness underpinned by citrus freshness layers of flavour complexity. Fleshy and sweet at the back the finish is lighter and fresher there is the feel of power yet elegance.

Score: 93/96Derek Smedley MW, DerekSmedleyMW.co.uk, April 2016

Among the best white wines of the vintage, as it always is, this white Haut-Brion is as
brilliant as it is rare. Broad, leesy and concentrated, this shows some of the heat of the
vintage, but is balanced by acidity, structure and freshness. Candle wax, toast and pink
grapefruit. Drink: 2017-30

Score: 95Tim Atkin MW, timatkin.com, April 2016

By comparison to the La Mission Blanc this is a very closed powerful, introspective wine with massive power and density.
The richness, which sits right at the back of the palate, is incredible and this pushes the finish out further and further.
Exceptional in every way this wine opens up like a red wine in the glass, showing waxy, citrus notes, floral tones and then
more savoury oak with herb and musk. Thrilling, with a phenomenal future ahead of it, this is one of the finest white
wines in the universe.

Score: 19+Matthew Jukes, Matthew Jukes' Blog, April 2016

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