Opulent and perfumed for this great white in 2018, with lemon curd, cooked apple, lilac, lime flower, stone, rock and hints of sandalwood. It's full-bodied yet tight and compressed with layers of fruit that are integrated and focused. It needs time to open and show its true greatness but stunning. Try after 2025.
97 Points - Jeb Dunnuck
A Sauvignon Blanc-dominated release that includes just under 20% Sémillon, the 2018 Château Haut-Brion Blanc reveals a vivid light gold hue and gorgeous notes of crushed limes, white flowers, white grapefruit, and obvious crushed rock-like minerality. These carry a medium to full-bodied white with flawless balance in their fruit, acidity, and alcohol, beautiful mid-palate depth, and an undeniable elegance and purity that's something to behold. It's not a powerful house, but it has a chiselled, elegant, incredibly long style that will benefit from 2-4 years of bottle age and keep for 20 years or more.
94+ Points - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The Haut-Brion 2018 Blanc is a blend of 80.6% Sauvignon Blanc and 19.4% Sémillon. This is the highest Sauvignon Blanc in the blend ever. Unsurprisingly, it needs a lot of air at this youthful stage. Eventually, unfurling bit by bit to offer subtle scents of lemon peel, fresh grapefruit, green mango and yuzu, with emerging suggestions of wet pebbles, struck flint, orange blossom and lime leaves with a waft of oyster shells. The medium to full-bodied palate has a gorgeous satiny texture and lovely freshness, offsetting the intense stone and citrusy flavours, finishing long and layered. Give this a good 3-4 years, and drink it over the next 15 years or more. 2024 - 2039.
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