“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.” Drink 2028-2045. 95-97+ pts., Lisa Perrotti-Brown, robertparker.com
2020 Chateau Haut-Brion, Blanc, Pessac-Leognan 3x75cl
£1,800 / Case£600 / BottleDuty Status: In BondAvailability: En Primeur
Grippy fresh, green-tinged flavours, a little more evident than in the Mission Haut-Brion Blanc, here you get more angular acidities, and yet it works. Sauvignon-dominant flavours and aromatics of rosemary, mint, turmeric, lime blossom and steely citrus. Excellent persistency and a deliciously mouth-watering finish. Harvest from 20th to 27th August. [01/05/2021]
Anticipated maturity: 2022-2034
Area under vines: 48.35 hectares
Soils: mixture of clay, sand and clay
Average age of the vines: 35 years
Production: 10 000 to 12 000 cases a year
Ageing: in 80% new oak for 18–22 months
- Merlot 45,4%
- Cabernet Sauvignon 43,9%
- Cabernet Franc 9,7%
- Petit Verdot 1%
Second wine: La Clarence de Haut-Brion (previsouly Bahans)
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