Château Haut-Brion Blanc
Beautiful pale-yellow colour.
The initial impression on the nose is of an intense wine with
distinctive Sauvignon Blanc notes – ethereal yet ripe, fresh and delicate.
Swirling in the glass reveals astounding complexity and concentration:
the Semillon undoubtedly enhances aromas. Starts out full-bodied,
delicious and aromatic on the palate, leading into an incredibly long aftertaste,
underpinned by spicy flavours.
This Haut-Brion is proof that even vintages marked by very hot,
dry summers can produce incredibly refreshing white wines with powerful flavours.
The winter of 2018-2019 was mild and dry. Cool temperatures in spring slowed down vine growth. Flowering took place in ideal conditions, without coulure (shot berries) nor millerandage (abnormal fruit set). Storm Miguel swept across the Nouvelle-Aquitaine region on the 7th of June, although our grapes were fortunately spared. Heavy, regular rainfall was conducive to vegetative growth, leading the vines to develop an impressive leaf canopy. The rain came to a sudden halt on the 22nd of June, and a series of successive heatwaves ensued. July was the third hottest in history after 2006 and 2013, with temperatures reaching a record-breaking 42°C on the 23rd. Fortunately, rain fell on the 26th, followed by cool nights in August, propitious to the synthesis of anthocyanins. Véraison (colour change) was slow but uninterrupted. September was marked by fine, dry and sunny conditions, interspersed by welcome rainfall. Thanks to this ideal spell of weather, all the grape varieties were harvested at peak ripeness and at a leisurely pace.
A few figures
From August 29th to September 9th
28 April 2020