2011 Haut Brion Blanc, Potential Wine of the Vintage


2011 Bordeaux has its ups and downs.  The vintage is a classic year.  However, a few wines transcend the vintage.  2011 Haut Brion Blanc is in my view, the best white of the vintage and it could be argued, it’s the best wine of the vintage. 2011 Haut Brion Blanc is that special! If you want to read about the red wines from Haut Brion in 2011: 2011 Haut Brion, La Mission Haut Brion Classically Styled

2011 Haut Brion Blanc  –  Blending  57.9% Semillon and 42.1% Sauvignon Blanc, produced a wine that reached 14.4% alcohol and will be aged in 50% new oak. – Wake up in the morning, grab a plate of ripe citrus and start squeezing grapefruit, lemon, lime and tangerine. Pick fresh flowers, pour it over rocks, add honey and a hint of ginger, and you have the perfume.  Pack a magnum of wine into a single bottle to obtain incredible viscosity and concentration. Taste this elixir and allow it to explode in your mouth for well over 60 seconds! 97-100 Pts

2011 La Mission Haut Brion Blanc blends 72.9% Semillon and 27.1% Sauvignon Blanc and reached 14.6% alcohol. This wine, featuring grapefruit, lemon, lime, orange wax, citrus oil and honeysuckle, has enough freshness to pop, yet ample fruit to balance the acidity. 95-96 Pts

2011 La Clarte de Haut Brion is now the second wine from Haut Brion Blanc and La Mission Haut Brion Blanc. Blending 78% Semillon and 22% Sauvignon Blanc with 13.8% alcohol  produced a wine that is fresh, bright and filled with grapefruit and vanilla with a long, zesty lemon wax finish. 90-92 Pts

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