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[Add to shopping basket] Clarte de Haut Brion NEW Dry Whites £660 - - - - 91-94 - -
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Very expressive today, with tangerine, green almond and pear eau-de-vie notes. The long, straw-filled finish has lovely cut and persistence. A delicious wine in the making. Sémillon and Sauvignon Blanc. Tasted non-blind.

Score: 91 - 94 James Molesworth, Wine Spectator

This is really lively and dense with layers of dried fruits and crazy energetic acidity. Lemon, dried apples and lots of minerals. Excellent second wine of Haut-Brion and La Mission.

Score: 93 - 94 James Suckling, Jamessuckling.com

The 2013 Le Clarté de Haut-Brion is laved with white orchard fruit, flowers and mint, along with lightly honeyed overtones that give the wine its fleshy, creamy texture. The style is built on soft fruit and a sense of immediacy that is best enjoyed upon release. La Clarté is the second wine of Haut-Brion's flagship Blanc. The blend is 61% Semillon and 39% Sauvignon Blanc.

Score: 88 - 90 Antonio Galloni, www.vinousmedia.com

[Add to shopping basket] Cos d'Estournel Blanc Dry Whites £485 £400 - £700 - - - - 90-92 88
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The Château Cos d'Estournel Blanc, a blend of 76% Sauvignon Blanc and 24% Semillon with just 7% new oak, has a simple citrus peel and grapefruit bouquet. The palate is well balanced with fine tension and acidity. This is one of the best white Cos d'Estournel that I have tasted in terms of freshness and vitality. Perhaps one of the best white from the estate?

Score: 90 - 92 Neal Martin, erobertparker.com

Pale lemon-yellow, floral and lifted fruit, fine precision, length and a touch of minerality on the finish.

Score: 88 Decanter, Decanter.com Maturity: 2015-2018

This is the best Cos blanc ever, with lots of sliced grapefruit, pears and hints of fennel and aniseed. Full body with bright acidity and fruit. Oyster shell and salt on the finish. Excellent. 76% sauvignon blanc and 24% sémillon.

Score: 94 - 95 James Suckling, Jamessuckling.com

2013 Cos d'Estournel Cos D'estournel Blanc The 2013 Cos d'Estournel Blanc is quire pretty and silky on the palate, with lovely energy and length. Grapefruit, crushed rocks and jasmine inform the tense, chiseled finish. Today, the Blanc is a little bit raw and in need of further aging, but it offers solid potential. The Blanc emerges from a property located 20 miles north of Cos itself that also supplies the fruit for the Goulée. (87-89+ Points)

Score: 87 - 89 Antonio Galloni, www.vinousmedia.com

[Add to wish list] [Add to pre-order list] Domaine de Chevalier Blanc Dry Whites Unreleased £500 - £700 - - - 92-95 93-95 92
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This marries high-pitched thyme, chamomile and quinine notes with richer white peach, shortbread and meringue flavors. The long finish pulls everything together. Should be a beauty when finished.

Score: 92 - 95 James Molesworth, Wine Spectator

The Domaine de Chevalier Blanc is a blend 80% Sauvignon Blanc and 20% Semillon. It has a potent bouquet with apple blossom and granite scents that are not as immediate as previous vintages but only nicely in the glass after 5 minutes aeration. The palate is a little spicy on the entry. It is a beautifully balanced white Domaine de Chevalier with a fine line of acidity. Perversely the bottle at the Château was reticent, but subsequent examples suggested dewy green apples, peach and citrus peel notes combining with devastating effect on the finish. This will be worth seeking out after bottling and would be my preference over its red counterpart. Tasted April 2014.

Score: 93 - 95 Neal Martin, erobertparker.com

Fine lemon yellow, white summer flowers and fruits on the nose, a dry citrus and honey palate, lift and length for a good future.

Score: 92 Decanter, Decanter.com Maturity: 2016-2025

This white is so dense and powerful, with a finish that lasts for minutes. Pear, lemon, grapefruit and loads of minerals. Has more weight than all the red wines made in 2013. Full body. Profound depth. I look forward to tasting this from bottle in a few years.

Score: 97 - 98 James Suckling, Jamessuckling.com

[Add to shopping basket] Haut Brion Blanc NEW Dry Whites £6,600 £4,200 - £6,800 - - - 95-98 93-95 95
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The pear skin, honeysuckle, chamomile and verbena aromas are all defined already, with an almost creamy feel to the core of white peach, lemon chiffon and macadamia nut notes. Shows remarkable depth and richness, with straw and brioche accents helping the finish glide along beautifully. A stunner, possibly the wine of the vintage. Sauvignon Blanc and Sémillon. Tasted non-blind

Score: 95 - 98 James Molesworth, Wine Spectator

The Haut Brion Blanc is a blend of 66% Sauvignon Blanc and 34% Semillon, was picked two days earlier than the La Mission Haut-Brion Blanc. It has a mineral-driven bouquet, perhaps more terroir-driven than the La Mission at this point in time. The palate is taut and fresh with crisp acidity, impressive weight in the mouth and a genuine sense of tension towards the sherbet influenced finish. This ought to be divine after bottling. Tasted April 2014.

Score: 93 - 95 Neal Martin, erobertparker.com

Fullish lemon-yellow, lots of natural richness and depth, both more seductive and more serious than La Mission Blanc - Montrachet compared with Chevalier. Fantastic purity of expression, a great wine.

Score: 95 Decanter, Decanter.com Maturity: 2016-2030

This white has more sauvignon blanc than normal: about two thirds instead of half. Full body with lots of fennel, grapefruit, apple and pineapple-skin character. Dense, bright acidity. A round, fruity white.

Score: 93 - 94 James Suckling, Jamessuckling.com

[Add to shopping basket] Malartic Lagraviere Blanc NEW Dry Whites £380 £300 - £400 - - - - 90-92 90
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The Malartic-Lagraviere Blanc is a blend of 90% Sauvignon Blanc and 10% Semillon cropped at 25hl/ha from 26 September until 4 October. It has a taut, linear, citric bouquet with fresh green apples and lemon peel that springs from the glass, something of a marine influence in the background. The palate is crisp and fresh, tight in the mouth with dewy green apple and sliced lime, although it needs more persistency on the finish. This is a commendable white Pessac-Leognan, even if I think the estate has produced more exemplary wines in recent years. Tasted April 2014.

Score: 90 - 92 Neal Martin, erobertparker.com

Pale lemon-yellow, finely expressed Sauvignon fruit, a little Semillon to add weight, florality and length.

Score: 90 Decanter, Decanter.com Maturity: 2015-2020

A fresh, multi-dimensional young white with sliced-lime, mineral, basil and lemon character. Full-bodied but bright and agile. Wonderful intensity. One of the best whites ever from here.

Score: 94 - 95 James Suckling, Jamessuckling.com

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