Chateau Mission Haut Brion Blanc 2018 (Ex Chateau arrival time 4 months)

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Jeb Dunnuck
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Matthew Jukes
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Lisa Perrotti-Brown MW
SKU
MHBB201810 UCAU
$1,680.00 Per item
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750ml (Bottle)
$1,680.00 Per item
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
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

Scores & Reviews

94 / 100

Jeb Dunnuck

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.

19 / 20

Matthew Jukes

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.

94 / 100

Lisa Perrotti-Brown MW

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.