An absolutely staggering vintage for this historic and tiny estate, this 2006 has a huge nose of tropical fruit, including pineapple, as well as a liqueur of minerality, with quince, white citrus, and a hint of subtle toast. Full-bodied, with huge concentration, an almost flinty mouthfeel, zesty acidity, and a monster finish, this is a prodigious Laville Haut-Brion that needs about 10 years of cellaring and should last 30 or more years.
Author: Robert Parker
International Wine Cellar | Rating: 93
Brilliant yellow. Wonderfully complex nose melds lime, stone fruits, mint, licorice, resin and saline oyster shell; still a touch of reduction. Sweet and ripe but with excellent energy and purity to its flavors of yellow fruits, minerals, flint and baked bread (Masclet did a lot of batonnage with this vintage). Beautifully integrated acidity extends the finish of this very ripe and sexy wine. This is outstanding, and perhaps more classically semillon in character than the young 2007, but the newer wine offers even greater potential.
Author: Stephen Tanzer
Issue: May/June 2008
Jancis Robinson | Rating: 14
Deepish straw. Mouldy, hamster cages smell. Quite a bit of weight but not enough life and freshness. Seems tired. Lacks zip.
Author: Jancis Robinson
Wine Spectator | Rating: 93
Very lemony, with hints of vanilla and cream on the nose. Reminds me of a baby grand cru Burgundy. Full-bodied, showing lots of coconut and toasty oak character, with lemon curd on the finish. A bit ponderous and thick now, but flavorful and structured. Powerful and layered.
Haut Brion tasting in Rochester, NY with J. P. Delmas. Laville is 85% semillon and is quite young, but has incredible aromas that are floral with hints of fruits. Quite incredible and tasted alongside the 2005 Haut Brion Blanc. Will evolve with time and likely will need at least several years to really balance and become even better than it is now.