Chateau Haut Brion 2018 (white wines) tasting notes on futures and ratings “en primeur” by Ronald Rens, M.Sc., Wine Master, Bordeaux Expert
Haut Brion 2018 white wines
Chateau La Mission Haut Brion 2018 (white wines)
La Clarté de Haut Brion 2018, serves as the second wine for both Haut Brion Blanc and La Mission Haut Brion Blanc (17+ points)
[20,8% Sauvignon Blanc and 79,2% Semillon]
Beautiful light golden yellow color with some green tinges. The sample is not completely clear. True to its style, this wine seems to jump out of the glass with a bouquet of ripe fruit. There is almost a hint of sweetness on the nose. On the palate this wine is very approachable. It lacks a bit of freshness in my opinion that one may miss on the longer term but for now this is drinking very nicely. I wanted to take this bottle home for lunch. Decent length.
La Mission Haut Brion Blanc 2018 (18,5points)
[76,2% Sauvignon Blanc and 23,8% Sémillon]
The color is somewhat lighter than the Clarté. The nose is a bit more discreet but much more refined that the Clarté. Doesn’t show itself directly but opens up beautifully with a complexity and a refinement true to its pedigree. Give this wine a few years and it will be great. The Sauvignon shows itself in the lime and green apple aromas. Some peach as well. The wine is very rich and opulent. I feel it lacks a bit of freshness for the long-term aging but this wine is simply lovely.
Chateau Haut Brion 2018 (white wine)
Haut Brion Blanc 2018 (19,5 points)
[70.5% Sauvignon Blanc and 29.5% Sémillon]
The color is a bit more intense than La Mission. A beautiful green-yellow shiny color, perfectly clear. The nose is really beautiful and more expressive than the La Mission. I feel more freshness and balance in the Haut Brion. For me this is simply the better wine. Remarkably approachable and almost ready to drink. A very good length and the refinement of a good Haut Brion Blanc!
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