2005 Haut-Brion - Blanc 750ml

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WS 100   WA 95   IWC 93(+?)   Collector 95
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Professional Reviews For This Wine

Wine Spectator | Rating: 100

Vibrant and exciting, with intense aromas of light toasty oak, pineapple skin, lemon, gooseberry, acacia honey and peach tart. Flowers even. Full-bodied, layered and refined, with tropical fruit, honey, vanilla, cream and light toasty oak. The length is amazing. White wine doesn'tget better than this. Needs a little time, but hard to leave it alone. 665 cases made.

Drink Dates: 2014+
Author: James Suckling

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Wine Advocate | Rating: 95

While not as concentrated or monumental as this estate's 1989, the 2005 is a fleshy, racy, hypothetical blend of the 1994 and 1998 Haut-Brion, only better. It boasts a gorgeous perfume of citrus oil, lime, honeyed grapefruit, flowers, spicy smoke, and earth, followed by terrific definition, purity, and full-bodied power, but it is not as masculine as its closest competitor, Laville Haut-Brion. The 2005 Haut-Brion will be approachable early, but it should age well for 30-40 years.

Author: Robert Parker
Issue: 176

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International Wine Cellar | Rating: 93(+?)

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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Collector Reviews For This Wine

Rating: 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.

Average rating: 92, based on 4 reviews
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Collector Data For This Wine

220 bottles owned by 39 collectors.

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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.

See other similar producers: Chateau Latour, Chateau Montrose, Chateau Lafite Rothschild

Wine Varietal: Bordeaux Blend

Six varieties are permitted to be used in a red Bordeaux blend: Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Malbec, Petit Verdot, and, less frequently, Carmenere. Each lends a specific characteristic to the finished blends, most of which are dominated by large percentages of either Cabernet Sauvignon, which brings aromatics and age-ability, or Merlot, which adds softness and body. In the Bordeaux region, Cabernet blends are found on the Left Bank and Merlot on the Right.

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