chateau haut-brion, blanc, pessac-leognan 2017
JEB DUNNUCK
94
DECANTER
100

2017 chateau haut-brion, blanc, pessac-leognan

Why We're Buying

First Growth Bordeaux are among the most expensive and renowned wines in the world. Only five estates have earned this distinction, including Château Haut-Brion. Its legendary sauvignon blanc- Sémillon blend is the most coveted white wine in Pessac-Léognan, with the average bottle costing upwards of $1,000.

Critics Scores

JEB DUNNUCK
94

Jeb Dunnuck

The 2017 Chateau La Mission Haut Brion Blanc is a winner and has a racy, concentrated, age-worthy vibe that's going to benefit from bottle age. Tart peach, pineapple, white flowers, and a terrific minerality all flow to a medium-bodied, elegant, concentrated white that's flawlessly balanced. It shows the elegant, tight, yet classic style of the vintage. 94+

DECANTER
100

Decanter

For me this is the wine of the vintage. Both of the whites in the Haut-Brion stable are exceptionally well sculpted and finessed, but this has the aromatic edge. It has a powerful, intense concentration of flavours, hemmed in by slate walls that make you slow down and inch your way through the palate - and I am more than happy to go as slow as possible. The cool nights over the summer have been very kind to these grapes; they are in full control, with luscious, creamy citrus, passion fruit, nectarine, white pear and touches of lemongrass. It's persistent and mouthwatering, an absolute testament to what white Bordeaux can achieve. 40% new oak. (98-100)

VINOUS
94

Vinous

The 2017 La Mission Haut-Brion Blanc is rich, deep and powerful, just like it was from barrel. A white of real substance, the Blanc offers tons of Sémillon resonance before finishing with tremendous intensity. (AG)

ROBERT PARKER'S WINE ADVOCATE
97

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

A blend of 23.8% Sauvignon Blanc and 76.2% Sémillon, the 2017 Blanc takes its time uncoiling from its tightly wound state, slowly revealing nuances of lemon tart, lime blossoms, green mango and jasmine with touches of cedar chest and sea spray. Medium-bodied, the palate has a beautifully expressed, quiet intensity, featuring loads of subtle mineral and citrus layers, finishing long and chalky. Beautiful.

JAMES SUCKLING
96

James Suckling

Candied lemon with sliced apples, pears and stones with some lemon-grass and bay-leaf notes. Full-bodied, creamy and textured with a tight and focused palate that goes on for minutes. Shows great length and beauty. Very tight. Needs at least five years to open.

WINE ENTHUSIAST
95

Wine Enthusiast

Creamy tropical-fruit flavors and a hint of toast give this wine an opulent character, with a pleasant herbal streak for added depth. From a great white-wine vintage, it has enormous potential for aging. (RV) (93-95)