Dry Whites

Dry whites struggled in the warm summer of 2018. Harvests were very early indeed as growers sought to pick while there was still some acidity left in the fruit. Many chose to increase the quantity of Sauvignon Blanc in their blend in order to boost freshness but a lot of wines still come across as overtly tropical and slightly flabby. Some even struggled to stay dry. Having said that, there are notable exceptions like the impressive Blanc de Lynch Bages and Smith Haut Lafitte Blanc.

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L&S Recommendations

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2018 AILE D'ARGENT Château Mouton Rothschild

2018 AILE D'ARGENT Château Mouton Rothschild

Release date: 12/6/2019

A big white with very dense dried apples and peaches. Dried pineapple, too. Full-bodied, rich and flavorful. 45 per cent semillon, the rest sauvignon blanc.A big white with very dense dried apples and peaches. Dried pineapple, too. Full-bodied, rich and flavorful. 45 per cent semillon, the rest sauvignon blanc. Rating: 93-94 James Suckling, www.jamessuckling.com(Apr 2019)

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2018 CHÂTEAU HAUT BRION BLANC Cru Classé Pessac-Léognan

2018 CHÂTEAU HAUT BRION BLANC Cru Classé Pessac-Léognan

Release date: 12/6/2019

81% Sauvignon Blanc, 19% Semillon. Vanilla oak and defined ripe pineapple. There is good weight on the palate - no cloying richness. Deep and round the heat of the vintage is noticeable. A serious81% Sauvignon Blanc, 19% Semillon. Vanilla oak and defined ripe pineapple. There is good weight on the palate - no cloying richness. Deep and round the heat of the vintage is noticeable. A serious Haut Brion with depth and density. It carries the trademark texture of 2018. Drinking range: 2021 - 2029L&S(Apr 2019)

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2018 PAVILLON BLANC du Château Margaux

2018 PAVILLON BLANC du Château Margaux

Release date: 11/6/2019

100% Sauvignon Blanc. This has managed to keep a lean shape where most other 2018 Bordeaux whites have not. Smokey flint, grapefruit, pear and peach on the nose. The palate has energy and tension.100% Sauvignon Blanc. This has managed to keep a lean shape where most other 2018 Bordeaux whites have not. Smokey flint, grapefruit, pear and peach on the nose. The palate has energy and tension. You feel it in the cheeks. This gives the weighty juice a crisper feel. Some salinity on the finish. Focused and precise. Very fine. Drinking range: 2022 - 2030L&S(Apr 2019)

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2018 CHÂTEAU LA MISSION HAUT BRION BLANC Cru Classé Pessac-Léognan

2018 CHÂTEAU LA MISSION HAUT BRION BLANC Cru Classé Pessac-Léognan

Release date: 5/6/2019

57% Sauvignon Blanc, 43% Semillon. Serious nose. Oak, cream, citrus and pineapple. The flavour is vivid and impressive. Good weight. Lots of juicy flow and round texture. 57% Sauvignon Blanc, 43% Semillon. Serious nose. Oak, cream, citrus and pineapple. The flavour is vivid and impressive. Good weight. Lots of juicy flow and round texture. Drinking range: 2021 - 2028L&S(Apr 2019)

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2018 LA CLARTÉ DE HAUT BRION Graves

2018 LA CLARTÉ DE HAUT BRION Graves

Release date: 5/6/2019

21% Sauvignon Blanc, 79% Semillon. Rich oaky condensed pineapple juice. A hint of smoke but dominated by the sweet juice on the palate. Attractive and easy going. It does carry a bit of excess21% Sauvignon Blanc, 79% Semillon. Rich oaky condensed pineapple juice. A hint of smoke but dominated by the sweet juice on the palate. Attractive and easy going. It does carry a bit of excess weight. Drinking range: 2021 - 2023L&S(Apr 2019)

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2018 CHÂTEAU SMITH HAUT LAFITTE BLANC Cru Classé Pessac-Léognan

2018 CHÂTEAU SMITH HAUT LAFITTE BLANC Cru Classé Pessac-Léognan

Release date: 3/6/2019

90% Sauvignon Blanc, 5% Semillon, 5% Sauvignon Gris. Harvest (25th August) lasted three weeks to access grapes with both acidity and ripeness. Now 100% organic, production was down by half (20 hl/90% Sauvignon Blanc, 5% Semillon, 5% Sauvignon Gris. Harvest (25th August) lasted three weeks to access grapes with both acidity and ripeness. Now 100% organic, production was down by half (20 hl/ ha). Grape fruit on the nose. Serious feel to it. Good weight and some tension too. Feels tighter and crisper than other whites from this vintage. Smoky, flinty citrus and stone fruit with a hint of tropical juice. Focused and well defined. Drinking range: 2022 - 2030L&S(Apr 2019)

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2018 BLANC DE LYNCH BAGES Château Lynch Bages

2018 BLANC DE LYNCH BAGES Château Lynch BagesPRIMEUR FAVOURITES

Release date: 29/5/2019

Complex aroma that is herbal, spicy and with a lovely nose that is so typically Bordeaux Blanc. Cedary but with lemon and grapefruit freshness too. Slight grip, moderate concentration, moreComplex aroma that is herbal, spicy and with a lovely nose that is so typically Bordeaux Blanc. Cedary but with lemon and grapefruit freshness too. Slight grip, moderate concentration, more interesting aromatically than for its intensity. Not very long but super-fresh. Drinking range: 2020 - 2024 Rating: 16.5 Julia Harding MW, www.JancisRobinson.com(Apr 2019)

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2018 DOMAINE DE CHEVALIER Blanc Cru Classé Pessac-Léognan

2018 DOMAINE DE CHEVALIER Blanc Cru Classé Pessac-Léognan

Release date: 23/5/2019

This is a blend of 75% Sauvignon Blanc and 25% Semillon. The alcohol is 13.5%. There is a very pure and precise style to the nose, crisp with notes of star fruit, yellow plum skin and classicalThis is a blend of 75% Sauvignon Blanc and 25% Semillon. The alcohol is 13.5%. There is a very pure and precise style to the nose, crisp with notes of star fruit, yellow plum skin and classical sandy-gravelly elements. It has a very correct and true style on the palate, showing a broad substance, filled with bitter orchard fruit notes, white peach and pear, dusted with salted mineral elements. A good phenolic grip which gives it a real sense of energy in the mouth, although the acidity here feels rather subtle. Correspondingly the finish feels a little muted, pithy rather than vigorous. It is definitely a step above its peers in this vintage, with a delicious pithy energy, but the acidity falls short. Tasted twice. The élevage will be 18 months in oak barrel, 35% new, with bâtonnage. Rating: 92-94 Chris Kissack, www.thewinedoctor.com(Apr 2019)

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2018 ARUMS DE LAGRANGE Château Lagrange

2018 ARUMS DE LAGRANGE Château Lagrange

Release date: 21/5/2019

Some concentrated tinned pineapple juice and pink grapefruit. The warmth of the vintage is not so obvious here. There is weight on the palate but also tension and a crisp edge of acidity. This willSome concentrated tinned pineapple juice and pink grapefruit. The warmth of the vintage is not so obvious here. There is weight on the palate but also tension and a crisp edge of acidity. This will be a good white option in 2018 without having to spend a fortune. Drinking range: 2021 - 2026L&S(Apr 2019)

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2018 CHÂTEAU MALARTIC LAGRAVIÈRE Blanc Cru Classé Pessac-Léognan

2018 CHÂTEAU MALARTIC LAGRAVIÈRE Blanc Cru Classé Pessac-Léognan

Release date: 3/5/2019

There's great focus on the nose here, with scents of lemon, slate, white peach and rosemary. It's definitely one of the whites with a higher level of freshness, and feels well made and carefullyThere's great focus on the nose here, with scents of lemon, slate, white peach and rosemary. It's definitely one of the whites with a higher level of freshness, and feels well made and carefully judged. They have achieved success in both colours in 2018, especially with the red. 55% new oak. Drinking range: 2020 - 2030 Rating: 92 Jane Anson, Decanter(Mar 2019)

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