chateau haut-brion, blanc, pessac-leognan 2020
JAMES SUCKLING
98
JEB DUNNUCK
98

2020 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

JAMES SUCKLING
98

James Suckling

Very perfumed with floral, citrus and stone aromas, as well as hints of grapefruit. It’s full-bodied and seamless in texture. Extremely long and fine-grained. 72% sauvignon and 28% semillon. Normally 50/50.

JEB DUNNUCK
98

Jeb Dunnuck

The 2020 Château Hosanna is up there with the crème de la crème of the appellation and is a true gem. Awesome cassis, candied violets, truffle, chocolate, and underbrush-like notes define the bouquet, and it's full-bodied, with a seamless, silky texture, ultra-fine tannins, and a rock star of a finish. This is another magical Pomerol from the Moueix family that you couldn't have enough of.

ROBERT PARKER'S WINE ADVOCATE
97

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

A blend of 71.4% Sauvignon Blanc and 28.6% Semillon, harvested 20th to 27th August and with an alcohol of 13.9%, the 2020 Haut-Brion Blanc slowly unfurls to reveal notes of fresh pears, spiced apple slices, orange zest and lemongrass, plus touches of wet pebbles, dillseed and baking bread. The medium-bodied palate wears its lightly spicy apple and pear layers with grace and sophistication, supported by a racy backbone and subtly creamy texture, finishing long and mineral laced. It will need time, but there's no doubting it's a knock-out.

WINE ENTHUSIAST
98

Wine Enthusiast

Tightly textured, this is a wine whose future is assured. With intense white fruits, spice and touches of toast from the wood aging, the wine's concentration and taut character combine richness and structure.

DECANTER
96

Decanter

Grippy fresh, green-tinged flavors, a little more evident than in the Mission Haut-Brion Blanc, here you get more angular acidities, and yet it works. Sauvignon-dominant flavors and aromatics of rosemary, mint, turmeric, lime blossom and steely citrus. Excellent persistency and a deliciously mouthwatering finish.

VINOUS
96

Vinous

The 2020 Haut-Brion Blanc, which was picked August 20–27, has a tightly wound bouquet that requires 30–40 minutes to open, revealing well-defined aromas of green apples and Conference pear, light minty scents and hints of persimmon. The palate is taut and fresh with a little more depth than the La Mission Haut-Brion Blanc this year, though the major difference is that I find more mineralité and tension on the finish, hence my higher score. Excellent.