En Primeur Bordeaux 2013

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[Add to wish list] [Add to pre-order list] Aile d'Argent Dry Whites Unreleased - - - - - - -
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[Add to shopping basket] Carbonnieux Blanc Value for money Dry Whites £210 £200 - £230 - - - 93-94 91-93 -
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A very tangy and bright white with intense white peach, grapefruit and mineral character. Full body, crisp acidity. Gorgeous. One of the best Carbonnieux ever.

Score: 93 - 94 James Suckling, Jamessuckling.com

The Carbonnieux Blanc 2013 possesses a very pretty bouquet furnished with citrus lemon and lime flower at first, delicate peach notes following later. The palate is clean and fresh: "zippy" in the mouth with commendable depth and a dab of lemon sherbet enlivening the finish. This is a very composed and "animated" Carbonnieux Blanc that will be worth seeking out after bottling.

Score: 91 - 93 Neal Martin, erobertparker.com

This has an open, high-pitched feel, with chalk and quinine out front, followed by lovely savory, straw, verbena and white peach notes. A mouthwatering white.

Score: 89 - 92 James Molesworth, Wine Spectator

[Add to shopping basket] Clarte de Haut Brion Dry Whites £660 - - - - 93-94 - -
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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

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

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 - - - 94-95 90-92 88
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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

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

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 shopping basket] Domaine de Chevalier Blanc Dry Whites £600 £500 - £700 - - - 97-98 93-95 92
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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

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 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

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