Composed of 56.2% Sauvignon Blanc and 43.8% Sémillon, the 2017 Blanc from Haut-Brion is a little more reticent on the nose than the La Mission Haut-Brion Blanc, offering up subtle pink grapefruit, green mango and ripe pears scents with an undercurrent of baking bread, ginger and allspice plus a waft of lemon peel. The palate is medium-bodied with wonderfully generous tropical and citrus flavors accented by loads of spices, finishing long and savory.
Score: 97-100/100Robert Parker
Composed of 56.2% Sauvignon Blanc and 43.8% Semillon, the 2017 Blanc from Haut-Brion is a little more reticent on the nose than the La Mission Haut-Brion Blanc, offering up subtle pink grapefruit, green mango and ripe pears scents with an undercurrent of baking bread, ginger and allspice plus a waft of lemon peel. The palate is medium-bodied with wonderfully generous tropical and citrus flavors accented by loads of spices, finishing long and savory. Apr 2018, www.robertparker.com
Score: 97-100/100Lisa Perrotti-Brown
Both La Mission and Haut Brion Blanc are incredibly accomplished, sit-up-and-take-notice whites this year, showcasing the potential brilliance and longevity of white wines in 2017. The Sauvignon Blanc comes through as a slight wildness on the attack because the intensity is just so clear, with touches of white flowers and chamomile. It hits all the right notes, evolving into wonderfully polished flavours of white peach, fleshy apricot and rosemary that just keep on coming, hitting your palate with mouthwatering precision. La Mission has all the finessed aromatics on the attack, while Haut Brion has the length. 3.22pH.
Score: 98-/100DecanterDrinking Window: 2020 - 2035
Made from 56.2% Sauvignon and 43.8% Sémillon, the 2017 Haut Brion Blanc is a richer, more rounded white, with serious richness and depth in its orchard fruits, lemon curd, and honeyed minerality. It’s a stacked, concentrated white that has vibrant acidity and cut as well as a great finish. It’s going to have a long life.
Score: 94-96/100Jeb Dunnuck
The 2017 Haut-Brion Blanc was picked from 22 to 30 August. It has a slightly more intense and voluminous bouquet compared to the La Mission Blanc. I adore the nose here, so striking and precise with scents of freshly squeezed lime, dew specked green apple, orange zest and later apricot blossom, all with wonderful definition. The palate is medium-bodied with a tensile entry. There are notes of orange rind, fresh ginger and a touch of bitter lemon towards the persistent finish. It is an excellent Haut Brion Blanc that should offer 20+ years of drinking pleasure.
Score: 94-96/Neal MartinDrinking Window: 2020 - 2045
A tight and linear white with an energetic line of lemon-rind and lime character. Medium to full body, bright acidity and a fresh finish. 56% sauvignon blanc and 44% semillon.
Score: 94-95/100James Suckling
The 2017 Haut-Brion Blanc is totally seamless, with no real beginning or end. Creamy and deeply layered, the 2017 is simply magnificent. Lemon confit, chamomile, mint, and white pepper. There is a real sense of textural depth and weight to the 2017, even if the flavors remain very much on the bright side of things. I imagine the 2017 will age beautifully for many decades to come.
Score: 92-95/100Antonio Galloni
More creamy and spicy than the Mission Haut-Brion Blanc. More rounded but also more piercing from the Sauvignon Blanc. Quite a different style, lacks the waxiness of the Mission but is more persistent and more powerful. More depth yet without the same richness as in the Mission. (JH)
Score: 17.5-/20Jancis RobinsonDrinking Window: Drink 2022-2027