2013 Chateau Haut-Brion Blanc

Year: 2013
Appellation: Pessac-Leognan
Country: France
Wine Spectator: 98
Wine Advocate: 95
Vinous Media: 93-96
James Suckling: 98
Jeff Leve: 97
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"This has weight, length and cut for days, as white peach, tangerine oil, blanched almond, pear eau-de-vie, macadamia nut, chamomile and green plum notes all fit together seamlessly, while the finish sails on and on, with echoes of macadamia nut and brioche. Opulent and pure, showing stunning mouthfeel to boot. Rare for a white to be the wine of the vintage in Bordeaux, but this may be it. Best from 2017 through 2030. 583 cases made."(WS)

"The 2013 Haut Brion Blanc, which is a blend of 66% Sauvignon Blanc and 34% Semillon, has a more expressive bouquet than the 2013 La Mission Haut Brion Blanc, with mineral-rich citrus fruit, grapefruit and honeysuckle - all very vivacious. The palate is very well balanced, intense and exuberant with lanolin-tinged citrus fruit, dried pineapple, almond, sweet fig and a dash of lemongrass on the long finish. This is just a superb Haut Brion Blanc that should give two or three decades of pleasure." (WA)

"(66% sauvignon and 34% semillon; 46 hl/ha yield): Bright yellow-gold. Knockout nose combines honeyed notes of stone, custard cream, ripe green fig, lemongrass and quince. Then very rich, multilayered and deep, with creamy flavors of gooseberry, aromatic herbs and white chocolate complicated by a peppery nuance and a hint of menthol. Finishes extremely long and saline, with juicy acidity and marvelous mouthcoating texture. This potentially fantastic wine is clearly dominated by its sauvignon component in the early going. This has to be one of Bordeaux's top 10 wines of 2013, reds and Sauternes included." (VM)

"This is a very special Haut-Brion blanc with very exotic aromas and flavors of apricots, peaches, and mangos. Full bodied, dense and agile. Wonderful acidity. Loads of dried fruits on the finish. The high percentage of sauvignon blanc (70%) gives this wine a unique character. Electric fruit yet salty undertones. Drink or hold. " (JS)

"Lively, bright, sweet, just squeezed, yellow citrus fruits, with searing acidity, the wine makes me think of fresh grapefruit juice drizzled over rocks in the hot sun. 97 points - Tasted May 25, 2016" (JL)