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[Add to shopping basket] Aile d'Argent Dry Whites £460 - 88-90 - 95-96 17 89-92 90-93
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The Aile d’Argent 2014 Blanc is a blend of 65% Sauvignon Blanc and 35% Sémillon. It does not quite possess the complexity of the previous two vintages, but there are fine pear skin and nectarine scents to enjoy. The palate is fresh and citric on the entry: green apple, Conference pear and a dash of lemongrass, leading to a punchy, spicy finish. Fine-but not a top-tier Aile d'Argent.

Score: 88 - 90 Neal Martin, Wine Advocate Maturity: 2016-2023

Incredible intensity of sea salt, sliced apple and dried pineapple character. Full and racy with beautiful acidity and a long, long finish. Lots of papaya, pears and pineapple. Racy.

Score: 95 - 96 James Suckling, Jamessuckling.com

Rather more opulent nose than most. Positively rich! Big success. Zesty and with some body and no excess of tartness.

Score: 17 JancisRobinson.com, Jancisrobinson.com Maturity: 2016-2021

Fresh, with lemon granita, white peach and chamomile notes backed by a light twinge of tarragon. Bright, pure and refreshing, this wine has quietly improved under Dhalluin's watch. Tasted non-blind.

Score: 89 - 92 James Molesworth, Wine Spectator

The 2014 Aile d'Argent shows a move to a slightly more reductive style that emphasizes a bit more freshness than has been the norm in the recent past for Mouton's Sauvignon Blanc/Semillon blend. Smoke, slate, lemon oil and sage are all very nicely focused in the glass. Saline notes are woven throughout, adding textural nuance to this impeccably balanced white.

Score: 90 - 93 Antonio Galloni, www.vinousmedia.com

[Add to shopping basket] Carbonnieux Blanc Dry Whites £190 - 90-92 - 91-92 17 89-92 89-91
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The Château Carbonnieux Blanc 2014 has a pretty nose in the making: precise apple blossom and blackcurrant leaf aromas that gently waft from the glass. The palate is crisp on the entry, the acidity not as shrill as some of its peers, thus rendering it a more "languid" Pessac-Léognan. There is already a very elegant, gravelly finish that lingers in the mouth - a very promising Carbonnieux Blanc that may merit a higher score after bottling.

Score: 90 - 92 Neal Martin, Wine Advocate Maturity: 2018-2032

Lots of sliced apple and pear character with a full body, fresh fruits and a tangy finish. Shows such balance and beauty already.

Score: 91 - 92 James Suckling, Jamessuckling.com

Interesting fermented lemon-candy nose. Racy and mineral with a very appetising dry finish and not too much tartness. Confident and refined.

Score: 17 JancisRobinson.com, Jancisrobinson.com Maturity: 2017-2027

An herb-driven style, with thyme, chive and white asparagus notes racing along, flecked with lime zest through the finish. A tasty wine in the making.

Score: 89 - 92 James Molesworth, Wine Spectator

A vibrant, energetic white, the 2014 Carbonnieux Blanc offers plenty of appeal. Lime, slate, crushed rocks and sage add nuance on the pulsating finish. The 2014 lacks a bit of mid-palate depth, but it is otherwise very pretty.

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

[Add to shopping basket] Clarte de Haut Brion Dry Whites £590 - 88-90 - 95-96 17 90-93 90-92
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The La Clarté de Haut-Brion 2014 is a blend of 66% Sauvignon Blanc and 34% Sémillon, Jean-Philippe Delmas mentioning that he blended more of the former, two weeks prior to my visit. It has a straightforward bouquet with crisp grapefruit and melon scents, the Sauvignon Blanc more expressive at the moment. The palate is sharp and citric on the entry with a keen line of acidity, touches of pear coming through toward the finish. Fine.

Score: 88 - 90 Neal Martin, Wine Advocate Maturity: 2017-2023

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. Gorgeous aromatics, fresh citrus and creamy textured with vivid acidity and length.

Score: - Albany Vintners

Shows excellent depth and richness with sliced apple, apricot and pineapple character. Big and rich. Excellent. This is pretty amazing. 66% sauvignon blanc and 33% sémillon.

Score: 95 - 96 James Suckling, Jamessuckling.com

Luxurious beeswax nose and then tight grapefruit-peel palate that is dominated by Sauvignon. Long and thrilling with great weight and tension. Lightly astringent at the moment. Very nervy despite such high alcohol that Jean-Philippe Delmas called it ‘our Condrieu’. 14.55% alcohol

Score: 17 JancisRobinson.com, Jancisrobinson.com Maturity: 2019-2025

The quinine, lemon chiffon and white asparagus notes are gliding together already, with a warm macadamia nut accent adding texture and weight to the finish. Still a little youthfully raw at the very end, but shows lovely concentration and length. Tasted non-blind.

Score: 90 - 93 James Molesworth, Wine Spectator

Le Clarte de Haut-Brion The 2014 Le Clarte de Haut-Brion is unusually dense in this vintage, the result of a brief heat wave in July that concentrated the Sauvignon Blanc. The flavors are bright and nicely focused, but the 2014 is marked be a real sense of phenolic weight and intensity. Mint, white flowers, sage and lime add the final shades of dimension. The blend is 66% Sauvignon and 34% Sémillon.

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

[Add to shopping basket] Cos d'Estournel Blanc Dry Whites £500 - 90-92 - 96-97 17 - 91-94
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The Château Cos d'Estournel Blanc 2014 is a blend of 66% Sauvignon Blanc and 34% Sémillon that was picked between 22 September and 9 October at 29.3 hectoliters per hectare. It is matured in around 15% new wood. It has a clean and fresh, quite "minimalist" bouquet with the Granny Smith apples and granitic scents, but all low-key compared to previous vintages. The palate is fresh on the entry, the Sauvignon Blanc delivering fresh green apple and nectarine notes, a citric thread of acidity and plenty of energy towards the saline finish. It is a delightful Cos d'Estournel Blanc that should drink immediately from bottle, yet should mature for several years if you so wish.

Score: 90 - 92 Neal Martin, Wine Advocate Maturity: 2016-2024

This is very dense and beautiful with great intensity and length. Loads of sliced pears and apples as well as a creamy texture. Lots of apricots and salty notes. Iodine-like. Goes on for minutes. 66% sauvignon blanc and 24% sémillon. 8,000 bottles made.

Score: 96 - 97 James Suckling, Jamessuckling.com

Floral, blossomy nose. Bright fresh fruit and sufficient lime-juice pungency on the palate. Racy and floral. Good weight. Emphatic. Neat. A little alcohol on the end.

Score: 17 JancisRobinson.com, Jancisrobinson.com Maturity: 2019-2027

The 2014 Cos d'Estournel Blanc is deep, pliant and super-expressive. In 2014, it is the wine's textural depth and resonance that stands out. The late harvest resulted in white grapes endowed with a magical combination of density, power and freshness. Although the blend is 66% Sauvignon Blanc and 34% Semillon, there are essentially no green or grassy notes to be found. Even with all of its intensity, the 2014 remains bright and finely cut throughout. Lemon oil, white flowers, mint and sage are laced into the beautifully textured finish. This is a very strong showing from Cos d'Estournel.

Score: 91 - 94 Antonio Galloni, www.vinousmedia.com

[Add to shopping basket] Domaine de Chevalier Blanc Dry Whites £585 - 93-95 - 95-96 17 92-95 91-94
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The Domaine de Chevalier Blanc is a blend of 75% Sauvignon Blanc and 25% Sémillon matured in around 40% new oak, with a low pH, Olivier Bernard remarking that it was close to 3.0. It has an almost clinical nose, extremely well defined, Zen-like at first with scents of flint and cold granite, stone rather than fruit. The palate is fresh on the entry with crisp acidity, though it is not shrill. It is very focused, "minimalist" Domaine de Chevalier that Olivier remarked is perhaps the best he has ever made. Perhaps he is right. There is a Burgundy like sense of terroir coming through here, a wine that perhaps does not wish to conform to the Bordeaux stereotype of what a white Pessac-Léognan should be. So it's a bit of a sui generis, a one-off, and you'll love it.

Score: 93 - 95 Neal Martin, Wine Advocate Maturity: 2018-2035

A solid and muscular Domaine de Chevalier with layers of fruit. Very dense, loads of flavor. Full body, bright acidity and a long, long finish. Tangy acidity. It lasts for minutes.

Score: 95 - 96 James Suckling, Jamessuckling.com

Pungent and reductive nose and then very flattering sweet fruit on the palate. Distinctive and relatively rich. Almost ready to drink now! Real finesse.

Score: 17 JancisRobinson.com, Jancisrobinson.com Maturity: 2016-2026

Very pure, with a long makrut lime note holding the upper hand, while white peach, Chartreuse and tar fruit accents fill in behind. Offers a kiss of brioche on the finish. There's lots to like here.

Score: 92 - 95 James Molesworth, Wine Spectator

Powerful and intense, the 2014 Domaine de Chevalier Blanc is very tightly wound today. Lemon peel, white flowers, slate and crushed rocks are all beautifully delineated. Blocked malolactic fermentations keep the flavors bright and the textures focused. The intensely mineral, salivating finish is a thing of pure beauty. There is little doubt the Chevalier Blanc is one of the wines of the vintage. Readers can look forward to several decades of exceptional drinking. In 2014, the blend is 70% Sauvignon Blanc and 30% Sémillon. Tasted three times.

Score: 91 - 94 Antonio Galloni, www.vinousmedia.com

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