2005 Haut-Brion - Blanc 750ml

France - Bordeaux - Pessac Leognan/ White / Bordeaux Blend
2005 Haut-Brion - Blanc
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Pale yellow-straw color. Deep, mineral-driven aromas of grapefruit, lanolin, vanilla and crushed stone. Large-scaled, seamless, airy and classically dry, with a powerful stony minerality throughout. Hugely concentrated wine with great juicy lift and spice character. The slowly mounting finish saturates the palate with citrus and mineral flavors. This is hiding more than it's showing today and offers exceptional potential. This wine has been consistently stunning in recent vintages.

Author: Stephen Tanzer
Issue: Issue 132

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Score: 95
Author: botro
Trust Rating: 99
Tasted On: 01/27/2010
Drink Dates: 2013-2035
Haut Brion tasting in Rochester, NY with J. P. Delmas. Superb wine. Terrific floral and fruit aromas with balanced acidity and tremendous length. A stunning wine which should last for several decades. 55% semillon.

About This Producer

Since its founding in 1525, Chateau Haut-Brion has passed between many illustrious owners, including admirals, archbishops, and mayors of Bordeaux. In recent years, the estate has come under the ownership of Clarence Douglas Dillon, Ambassador of the United States in Paris and Minister of Finance under President John F. Kennedy, making it the only American-owned First Growth property. Currently, Dillon's granddaughter, the Duchesse de Mouchy, oversees Haut-Brion, among many others, under the public limited company of "Domaine Clarence Dillon."

Chateau Haut-Brion is also the only First Growth property from the 1855 Classification that lies outside of the Medoc and Sauternes. Located in Pessac, within the Graves region, just one mile from the city of Bordeaux, the wine of Chateau Haut-Brion is highly sought-after, landing it among the most expensive and prestigious wines in France. The estate vineyards, dominated by gravel and clay, are planted to both red and white varietals: Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc; and Semillon and Sauvignon Blanc. Haut-Brion is characterized by earthy scents, ripe fruit, tobacco and mineral, revealing aromas of chocolate and smoke and creating an elegant and harmonious wine that is highly structured, allowing it to age seamlessly.

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