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Haut Brion Blanc 2018

Grape VarietySauvignon Blanc/Semillon

The undisputed king of Bordeaux's dry white wines. 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 precise 2018 blend is 80.6% Sauvignon Blanc, 19.4% Semillon.

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Colour Region Vintage Wine Size Cs Bts Price IB GBP Per Score
Bordeaux2018Haut Brion BlancBT366,900.001299 JS42766.6666666666799.0099.00Haut Brion Blanc0.75
Bordeaux2018Haut Brion Blanc

3 Bottle OWC

BT066,900.001299 JS6766.6666666666799.0099.00Haut Brion Blanc0.75
Bordeaux2018Haut Brion Blanc

Individual OWC

BT04575.00bt99 JS4766.6666666666799.0099.00Haut Brion Blanc0.75
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Tasting Notes

Opulent and perfumed for this great white in 2018, with lemon curd, cooked apple, lilac, lime flower, stone, rock and hints of sandalwood. It’s full-bodied, yet tight and compressed with layers of fruit that are integrated and focused. Needs time to open and show its true greatness but stunning. Try after 2025.

James Suckling, JamesSuckling.com, March 2021

A Sauvignon Blanc-dominated release that includes just under 20% Sémillon, the 2018 Château Haut-Brion Blanc reveals a vivid light gold hue as well as gorgeous notes of crushed limes, white flowers, white grapefruit, and obvious crushed rock-like minerality. These carry to a medium to full-bodied white with flawless balance in its fruit, acidity, and alcohol, beautiful mid-palate depth, and an undeniable elegance and purity that's something to behold. It's not a powerful house, but it has a chiseled, elegant, incredibly long style that's going to benefit from 2-4 years of bottle age and keep for 20 years or more.

Jeb Dunnuck, JebDunnuck.com, November 2020

The Haut-Brion 2018 Blanc is a blend of 80.6% Sauvignon Blanc and 19.4% Sémillon—this is the highest level of Sauvignon Blanc in the blend ever. Unsurprisingly, it needs a lot of air at this youthful stage, eventually unfurling bit by bit to offer subtle scents of lemon peel, fresh grapefruit, green mango and yuzu, with emerging suggestions of wet pebbles, struck flint, orange blossom and lime leaves with a waft of oyster shells. The medium to full-bodied palate has a gorgeous satiny texture and lovely freshness offsetting the intense stone and citrusy flavors, finishing long and layered. Give this a good 3-4 years to come around and drink it over the next 15 years or more. 2024 - 2039

Lisa Perrotti-Brown MW, Wine Advocate (End of Mar), March 2021

The 2018 Haut-Brion Blanc is very similar on the nose compared to the barrel tasting a year earlier, offering quite pungent scents of gooseberry, nettle, white flowers and lemon thyme, all well defined with moderate complexity. The palate is balanced with a grassy, malic entry, more so than in barrel. I appreciate the energy of this Haut Brion Blanc, and it has gained some weight toward the finish. Monitored over 24 hours, it improves further and evolves into a quite delicious white Pessac-Léognan. Drink 2022-2040.

Neal Martin, vinous.com, March 2021

The 2018 Haut-Brion Blanc was picked 27 August to 5 September matured in 50% new oak. Strangely it reminds me more of La Mission Haut-Brion Blanc on the nose: candlewax, pressed white flower and a touch of Provençal herbs, well defined and gaining in intensity. The palate is well balanced with orange rind, dried apricots and a touch of quince on the entry, good depth if (like other white Bordeaux) missing a little precision on the finish compared to the previous vintage. Drink 2022-2040.

Neal Martin, vinous.com, November 2019

The Haut-Brion 2018 Blanc is composed of 80.6% Sauvignon Blanc and 19.4% Sémillon, harvested August 27 to September 5—this is the highest level of Sauvignon Blanc in the blend ever. It comes sashaying out of the glass with flamboyant notions of warm pineapple, passion fruit, lime cordial and lemongrass and hints of dried mandarin peel, peach blossoms, wild thyme and wet pebbles plus a waft of dill seed. Full-bodied and profoundly fruited in the mouth, the silky, vivacious frame has a lot of intense tropical notions and yet is jam-packed with delicate nuances, finishing with great length and a lot of emerging mineral and citrus layers. Big and beautiful.

Lisa Perrotti-Brown MW, Wine Advocate (April 2019), April 2019

A dense and ripe white with sliced apples and pineapple and hints of cooked lemons. Round and velvety texture. Flavorful finish. Shows intensity and richness.

James Suckling, JamesSuckling.com, April 2019

The 2018 Haut-Brion Blanc has blossomed beautifully over the last two years. Rich and ample in feel, with superb richness, the Blanc is a knock-out. Everything is dialed up in the 2018 - the aromas, flavors and textures are all so wonderfully expressive. Lemon confit, pear, marzipan, chamomile and gently spiced notes build as the 2018 continues to open in the glass. The 2018 is compelling. That's all there is to it.

Antonio Galloni, vinous.com, March 2021

The 2018 Haut-Brion Blanc is built on a vertical expression of structure and texture that makes it resemble of a red wine in its feel. Bright Sauvignon Blanc lend energy to the citrus peel, floral and mineral note. Haut-Brion Blanc has quite a bit to offer, but it is very embryonic at this stage. The 2018 is 80.6% Sauvignon and 19.4% Sémillon.

Antonio Galloni, vinous.com, May 2019

Peppery and ripe on the nose with tropical passionfruit, guava and ripe lemons. The palate is rich and oily, texturally fat and opulent, yet cut with just enough vibrant acidity. This turns the fruit to fresh pineapple and peach, but this is bursting with juicy fruit. The flinty, smoky minerality comes in waves, complemented by a light toastiness from the oak. Long and increasingly creamy on the finish.

Farr Vintners, Farr Tasting, April 2019

More Sauvignon-dominated (there's 19.4% Sémillon), the 2018 Haut-Brion Blanc is up with the crème de la crème of the vintage and has both richness and freshness. Tart pineapple, citrus blossom, hints of orange blossom, and crushed rock-like characteristics all emerge from this medium to full-bodied, beautifully balanced, elegant white that has plenty of oomph on the mid-palate, bright acidity, and a great, great finish. It’s another thrilling wine from this estate as well as one of the top whites in the vintage.

Jeb Dunnuck, JebDunnuck.com, May 2019

It may not quite have the high tension of the 2017 but this is a great white wine. It has wonderful grip and rich apricot fruit with high aromatics that keep up the pace right through the glass. It's extremely good quality and very enjoyable, with real persistency. The juicy finish is full of citrus, lime, freshly cut herbs and slate, bringing tension and minerality. Harvested 27 August to 5 September. 3.37pH.

Drinking Window 2021 - 2035

Jane Anson, Decanter.com, April 2019

(80.6 Sauvignon Blanc, 19.4 Semillon) | 50% new oak | 14.4% alc | Harvested between 27th August and 5th September This is such a stunning wine and the impact on the palate is terrific. Very closed and very intense, the fruit is firm and arresting and the length is sensational. The oak, while fairly prominent, joins forces with the acidity coming from the awesome Sauvignon Blanc and these two elements work in perfect harmony, drawing out the flavour to a very long finish. There is a nougat and lime pith flavour which is immensely attractive and while it will not be drinking for ten years, it is easy to see that this is the white wine of the vintage. It is interesting that the Sauvignon Blanc level is so high in this wine and that the majority of the Semillon went into the second wine.

Matthew Jukes, MatthewJukes.com, April 2019
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