2017 - Ch La Mission Haut-Brion Blanc Bordeaux
05B7MISS6PK _ 2017 - Ch La Mission Haut-Brion Blanc Bordeaux - 6x75cl
Colour
White
Producer
Château Haut-Brion
Region
Pessac-Léognan
Grape
Semillon / Sauvignon Blanc
Drinking
2020 - 2030
Case size
6x75cl
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2017 CH LA MISSION HAUT-BRION BLANC BORDEAUX - 6x75cl

Colour
White
Producer
Château Haut-Brion
Region
Pessac-Léognan
Grape
Semillon / Sauvignon Blanc
Drinking
2020 - 2030
Case size
6x75cl
Available Now
Duty Paid (Inc. VAT)
Case price £3,438.47 (Inc. VAT)
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Tasting Notes

  • GDH

    Goedhuis, April 2018,
    Score: 93-95

    A top class example of this great estate’s white wine. La Mission Haut-Brion is famed for the high proportion of Sémillon in its vineyards. The 2017, comprising 76.2% of the variety, has hints of quince and apricots, lifted by the zesty limey Sauvignon Blanc. The perfect blend of these two varieties, broad and mouth-coating, but also lively and fresh. A wonderful white Pessac-Léognan.

  • NM

    Neal Martin, April 2018,
    Score: 93-95

    The 2017 La Mission Haut-Brion Blanc was picked 22 to 31 August and matured in 38% new oak. It is very precise on the nose with lovely scents of orange blossom, Cornice pear, nettle and yellow flowers. The palate is well balanced with a slight waxiness on the entry. There is an underlying resinous quality to this La Mission Blanc with citrus lemon, Granny Smith apples, stem ginger and tangible mineralité towards the finish. This is a classy, sophisticated La Mission Haut-Brion Blanc, one that is surpassed by the nascent Haut-Brion Blanc at the moment, but may have a trick up its sleeve with age thanks to the high proportion of Sémillon. 2022 - 2045

  • AG

    Antonio Galloni, April 2018,
    Score: 91-94

    The 2017 La Mission Haut-Brion Blanc is dense and powerful, yet also super-expressive. Lemon confit, white stone fruit, crushed rocks and white flowers abound. A wine of real depth and phenolic-like intensity, the 2017 has a lot to offer. Even at this early stage, the wine's balance is superb. Creamy, layered and yet quite structured, the 2017 is absolutely gorgeous, even in the early going.

  • WA

    Wine Advocate, April 2018,
    Score: 96-98

    Blended of 76.2% Sémillon and 23.8% Sauvignon Blanc, the 2017 Blanc gives up seriously intense notes of jasmine, grapefruit, lime zest and yuzu with touches of crushed rocks and lemongrass. The palate is medium-bodied with electric intensity and incredible tension, finishing long with many citrus fruit and mineral layers.

  • JS

    James Suckling, April 2018,
    Score: 96-97

    This is really layered yet tight and focused with searing minerality that gives it tension and energy. Full-bodied, bright and precise. Impressive. 76% semillon and 24% sauvignon blanc.

  • MJ

    Matthew Jukes, April 2018,
    Score: 19+

    . Very strict and very firm, this is a spectacular wine with incredible tension and drive. The Semillon is back to being the dominant variety (after last year’s anomalous reversal of the blend) and this has brought a strictness and severity to the wine. Thrilling and closed with nail-biting tension, this is a wine which will have a very long life ahead of it. The sour lemon and white flower notes are exquisite. It is interesting in this vintage that the characters of each of the wines is so heightened and individual. It is as if they have been forced to exercise their own identity like never before and they have risen to this challenge.

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Producer

Château Haut-Brion

Arguably the oldest recognised Bordeaux grand cru, Haut Brion has been owned by the American Dillon family since 1935. The Château was an early moderniser - the first estate to implement steel vats in 1961 - and over the years, their incredible investments have re-established the inherent quality of this property, enabling it to emerge as possibly the most consistent first growth since the 1980s. Situated in Pessac-Léognan in Graves, the estate is the only classified growth located outside the Médoc. Château Haut Brion has the most Merlot and the most Cabernet Franc of any of the First Growths and the second wine is Bahans Haut Brion.

Region

Pessac-Léognan

Stretching from the rather unglamorous southern suburbs of Bordeaux, for 50 km along the left bank of the river Garonne, lies Graves. Named for its gravelly soil, a relic of Ice Age glaciers, this is the birthplace of claret, despatched from the Middle Ages onwards from the nearby quayside to England in vast quantities. It can feel as though Bordeaux is just about red wines, but some sensational white wines are produced in this area from a blend of sauvignon blanc, Semillon and, occasionally, muscadelle grapes, often fermented and aged in barrel. In particular, Domaine de Chevalier is renowned for its superbly complex whites, which continue to develop in bottle over decades. A premium appellation, Pessac-Leognan, was created in 1987 for the most prestigious terroirs within Graves. These are soils with exceptional drainage, made up of gravel terraces built up in layers over many millennia, and consequently thrive in mediocre vintages but are less likely to perform well in hotter years. These wines were appraised and graded in their own classification system in 1953 and updated in 1959, but, like the 1855 classification system, this should be regarded with caution and the wines must absolutely be assessed on their own current merits.