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[Add to wish list] [Add to pre-order list] Aile d'Argent Dry Whites Unreleased £460 - £580 90-92 - - 17 - 89-91
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The 2015 Aile d'Argent Blanc, a blend of 55% Sauvignon Blanc, 43% Sémillon and 2% Muscadelle, has an attractive bouquet of lime cordial, pink grapefruit and apricot that gently unfolds in the glass. The palate is very well balanced with a keen thread of acidity that runs through waxy-textured fresh pear, grapefruit and lime notes. There is just a touch of malolactic fermentation here (actually around 7% of the total according to winemaker Philippe Dhalluin) that just lends cohesion and smoothness to the finish. With a dash of lemongrass loitering on the aftertaste, this is a very fine Aile d'Argent that should age well over the course of a decade, possibly more.

Score: 90 - 92 Neal Martin, Wine Advocate Maturity: 2019-2032

55% Sauvignon Blanc, 43% Sémillon, 2% Muscadelle. Relatively complex nose. As though this is a wine with a future. I really like the dry finish and nutty layers. Bone dry but lots of interest. Racy but not ready. (17+ Points)

Score: 17 Jancis Robinson MW, Jancisrobinson.com Maturity: 2017-2024

The 2015 Aile d'Argent, Mouton Rothschild's dry white, is 55% Sauvignon Blanc, 43% Sémillon, 2% Muscadelle, is laced with attractive scents of white flowers, lemon and grapefruit. The fruit was brought in between September 2 and 9 which helps keep the flavors fresh, while a dollop of Muscadelle and a small amount of malolactic fermentation gives the Aile d’Argent its characteristic sweetness.

Score: 89 - 91 Antonio Galloni, www.vinousmedia.com

[Add to wish list] [Add to pre-order list] Carbonnieux Blanc Dry Whites Unreleased £200 - £250 90-92 - - 16-17 89-92 -
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The 2015 Carbonnieux Blanc is a blend of 75% Sauvignon Blanc and 25% Semillon. It has a tightly wound grapefruit, white peach and citrus scented bouquet that slowly unfurls in the glass. Given a couple of minutes, it attains impressive harmony and focus. The palate is well defined on the entry, very crisp and pure, seguing into a saline finish that lingers nicely in the mouth. This is a very well-crafted Carbonnieux Blanc with class and poise.

Score: 90 - 92 Neal Martin, Wine Advocate Maturity: 2019-2032

Pale lemon yellow. Rather sweet vanilla nose. Big and bold on the palate. Then lots of Sauvignon raciness on the finish. Pleasing but a tad sweeter than some.

Score: 16 - 17 Jancis Robinson MW, Jancisrobinson.com Maturity: 2018-2023

A broad, juicy style, with anise, yellow apple and white peach notes that are open and inviting, backed by light brioche and candied citrus hints. Has some zip, but more flattering in style overall.

Score: 89 - 92 James Molesworth, Wine Spectator

[Add to wish list] [Add to pre-order list] Clarte de Haut Brion Dry Whites Unreleased £600 - £800 87-89 89-92 92-93 17-18 - 89-91
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The 2015 La Clarté de Haut-Brion is a blend of 27% Sauvignon Bland and 73% Semillon picked between August 28 and September 8. Lime and dried pineapple furnish the nose that is uncomplicated, but fresh and charming, with hints of honeysuckle developing in the glass. The palate is fresh and edgy on the entry with lime, green apple and chalky notes, moderate weight in the mouth with just a slightly clipped finish. Enjoy this over the next decade.

Score: 87 - 89 Neal Martin, Wine Advocate Maturity: 2017-2027

The second wine of both Haut Brion Blanc and La Mission Haut Brion Blanc benefitting from fruit which doesn’t quite meet the strict selection for the two Grands Vins. Bright and fresh with yellow apple and hints of lime/citrus. Fresh and bold, with pleasing concentration and length.

Score: 89 - 92 Albany Vintners

A solid wine with sliced apple and pear aromas and flavors. Full body and energetic. Lively. Second wine of Haut-Brion and La Mission.

Score: 92 - 93 James Suckling, Jamessuckling.com

27% Sauvignon Blanc, 73% Sémillon. Picked on both vineyards 28 August to 8 September. Very sweet Sémillon nose - almost honey! A hint of cat - very mineral. The Sémillon is all on the nose at the moment and the palate seems dominated by Sauvignon character. Lots to chew on. 14.6%

Score: 17 - 18 Jancis Robinson MW, Jancisrobinson.com Maturity: 2020-2027

The 2015 La Clarté de Haut-Brion is soft, open-knit and wonderfully expressive. Scents of peach, apricot and white pepper meld together in an effortless, totally gracious white that will drink well early. This is a strong showing from the Clarté, Haut-Brion's second white wine.

Score: 89 - 91 Antonio Galloni, www.vinousmedia.com

[Add to wish list] [Add to pre-order list] Cos d'Estournel Blanc Dry Whites Unreleased £480 - £620 91-93 - 94-95 17 - 90-92
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The 2015 Cos d'Estournel Blanc is a blend of 75% Sauvignon Blanc and 25% Sémillon, picked between 14 and 29 September at a low 29 hl/ha. It has a charming bouquet with lime flower, apricot blossom and just a touch of blood orange. There is a sprightliness to this wine. The palate is crisp and fresh with a fine bead of acidity, plenty of tension here and perhaps more precision than previous vintages that I have tasted since its debut. I like the flow of energy here. This is an excellent Cos d'Estournel Blanc that should age with style and panache.

Score: 91 - 93 Neal Martin, Wine Advocate Maturity: 2019-2035

A dense and pretty white with sliced apple, pear and pineapple. Full body and very fresh. Tangy and bright. Lovely energy to this.

Score: 94 - 95 James Suckling, Jamessuckling.com

75% Sauvignon Blanc, 25% Sémillon. 15% new oak. Pale greenish straw. Very exuberant nose. And pretty tight and grapefruity dry finish. Tight. Chalky finish. Tight and racy and ambitious. 12.9%

Score: 17 Jancis Robinson MW, Jancisrobinson.com Maturity: 2017-2020

The 2015 Cos d'Estournel Blanc is brisk and nicely focused throughout. This is a beautiful, classy wine endowed with lovely energy and overall tension. In this vintage, the emphasis seems to have been on maintaining freshness, which comes through in the wine's vivacity. Green orchard fruit, sage and mint add the closing shades of nuance.

Score: 90 - 92 Antonio Galloni, www.vinousmedia.com

[Add to wish list] [Add to pre-order list] Domaine de Chevalier Blanc Dry Whites Unreleased £600 - £800 92-94 - 97-98 18 - 93-96
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The 2015 Domaine de Chevalier Blanc, which is matured in around 40% new oak, has a refined bouquet with gooseberry, lime, almond and grapefruit aromas, the oak neatly interwoven, gradually unfolding in the glass yet remaining focused. The palate has an almost flinty opening, very edgy but not shrill, a tensile and linear Domaine de Chevalier Blanc that is driven by the acidity, touches of crustacea coming through on the energetic finish. There is a twist of sour lemon and chalk popping up on the aftertaste. This is a great, intellectual, comparatively more reserved white from Olivier Bernard.

Score: 92 - 94 Neal Martin, Wine Advocate Maturity: 2019-2040

Incredible depth of fruit and density. Full and powerful with so much fruit and richness yet remains fresh and clean. Purity. Massive yet vibrant and electric. Minerality length. Love the to taste this.

Score: 97 - 98 James Suckling, Jamessuckling.com

Smoky, stony nose - obviously 'serious'. Very distinctive. Very mineral. Bone dry. Juicy. An absolutely model dry-white-bordeaux-style wine. Oakiness not an issue. All vineyard.

Score: 18 Jancis Robinson MW, Jancisrobinson.com Maturity: 2019-2030

One of the clear wines of the vintage, the 2015 Domaine de Chevalier Blanc is a stunner. Rich and intense, yet also finely cut, the 2015 dazzles from the very first taste. A host of lemon confit, white peach and slate notes race across the palate. Remarkably fresh and vivid, the 2015 offers an alluring interplay of textural creaminess and energy. I imagine the 2015 will age effortlessly for decades, as these wines do. The 2015 is 70% Sauvignon Blanc and 30% Sémillon, fermented in barrel, with blocked malo. Domaine de Chevalier's Blanc remains a reference point, perhaps the reference point, for dry white wine in Bordeaux. Don't miss it!

Score: 93 - 96 Antonio Galloni, www.vinousmedia.com

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