Dry Whites

2023 has allowed producers of White Bordeaux to have some great successes this year. 2022 was warm and confounding in how producers were able to make Red wines with some freshness but in White it was just too much and we mostly found quite loose and rich styles. 2023 is, in distinct contrast, a delight. The best White Wines this year are fresh with a lovely brisk lift to them - but there is also a tender weight. A suppleness that makes them quite beguiling in the best examples. For lovers of fine White Wine - these stellar releases are well worth seeking out.

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2023 LE PETIT SMITH HAUT LAFITTE Blanc Pessac-Léognan

2023 LE PETIT SMITH HAUT LAFITTE Blanc Pessac-Léognan

Release date: 10/6/2024

As usual a blend of 80% Sauvignon Blanc and 20% Semillon. This seems more reticent on the nose than Les Hauts, with powdered chalk, green pear and orange peel, the Semillon dampening down theAs usual a blend of 80% Sauvignon Blanc and 20% Semillon. This seems more reticent on the nose than Les Hauts, with powdered chalk, green pear and orange peel, the Semillon dampening down the expression a little I think. Nevertheless it shows beautiful texture and presence through the palate, with supple texture, finely veined phenolics and a fresh core of acidity. This will, I suspect, need some time to open up, through the élevage or in bottle, but it should be very good when it gets there. The alcohol is around 14%. Rating: 91-93 Chris Kissack, www.thewinedoctor.com (Apr 2024)

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2023 CHÂTEAU SMITH HAUT LAFITTE BLANC Cru Classé Pessac-Léognan

2023 CHÂTEAU SMITH HAUT LAFITTE BLANC Cru Classé Pessac-Léognan

Release date: 10/6/2024

Aromas of white fruits, crisp orchard fruits, spices, smoke, spring flowers and pear introduce the 2023 Smith Haut Lafitte Blanc, a medium to full-bodied, layered and textured wine with a fleshy coreAromas of white fruits, crisp orchard fruits, spices, smoke, spring flowers and pear introduce the 2023 Smith Haut Lafitte Blanc, a medium to full-bodied, layered and textured wine with a fleshy core of fruit and racy acids, concluding with a mineral, fresh and long finish highlighted by delicate notes of thyme and garrigue. Comprising 50% Sauvignon Blanc, 5% Sémillon and 5% Sauvignon Gris and matured in 50% new oak, this blend is among the finest white wines produced at this address. Drinking range: 2025 - 2045 Rating: 94-96 Yohan Castaing, www.robertparker.com (Apr 2024)

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2023 PAVILLON BLANC du Château Margaux

2023 PAVILLON BLANC du Château Margaux

Release date: 6/6/2024

White peach flesh on the opening gives an opulent start that quickly narrows inwards to flint and steel. An exceptional white wine, with sculpted charm, showcasing citrus, lime zest, green apple,White peach flesh on the opening gives an opulent start that quickly narrows inwards to flint and steel. An exceptional white wine, with sculpted charm, showcasing citrus, lime zest, green apple, anis and sage. Harvest August 23 to 30, yields 37hl/h compared to 15h/h in 2022. Drinking range: 2026 - 2040 Rating: 96 Jane Anson, www.janeanson.com (May 2024)

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2023 CHÂTEAU LATOUR MARTILLAC Blanc Cru Classé Pessac-Léognan

2023 CHÂTEAU LATOUR MARTILLAC Blanc Cru Classé Pessac-Léognan

Release date: 29/5/2024

The 2023 Blanc from Latour Martillac reveals aromas of confit citron, lime, lime tree leaves, herbs and spices, followed by a juicy, round and layered palate framed by bright acids and aThe 2023 Blanc from Latour Martillac reveals aromas of confit citron, lime, lime tree leaves, herbs and spices, followed by a juicy, round and layered palate framed by bright acids and a mouthwatering finish with delicate smoky hints. This blend of 60% Sauvignon Blanc and 40% Sémillon was matured 20% in new oak barrels. Drinking range: 2025 - 2035 Rating: 89-91 Yohan Castaing, www.robertparker.com (Apr 2024)

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2023 ARUMS DE LAGRANGE Château Lagrange

2023 ARUMS DE LAGRANGE Château Lagrange

Release date: 23/5/2024

A blend of 85% Sauvignon Blanc and 15% Sémillon, the 2023 Les Arums de Lagrange evokes aromas of confit citrus, herbs, white flowers and grapefruit, followed by a medium-bodied, fresh and livelyA blend of 85% Sauvignon Blanc and 15% Sémillon, the 2023 Les Arums de Lagrange evokes aromas of confit citrus, herbs, white flowers and grapefruit, followed by a medium-bodied, fresh and lively palate that segues into a mouthwatering, delicate finish. Despite this varietal-inflected style, this is a great effort. It has a pH of 3.2 and 13.3% alcohol. Drinking range: 2024 - 2030 Rating: 87-89 Yohan Castaing, www.robertparker.com (Apr 2024)

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2023 DOMAINE DE CHEVALIER Blanc Cru Classé Pessac-Léognan

2023 DOMAINE DE CHEVALIER Blanc Cru Classé Pessac-Léognan

Release date: 21/5/2024

The 2023 Domaine de Chevalier Blanc is one of the best dry whites of the year. Creamy and expansive, with terrific brightness, this exudes balance. Citrus confit, white pepper, mint, almond, pear andThe 2023 Domaine de Chevalier Blanc is one of the best dry whites of the year. Creamy and expansive, with terrific brightness, this exudes balance. Citrus confit, white pepper, mint, almond, pear and crushed rocks are some of the notes that build as the 2023 shows off its pedigree. I expect it will offer exceptional drinking for the next several decades. What else is new? Drinking range: 2030 - 2053 Rating: 94-96 Antonio Galloni, www.vinous.com (May 2024)

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2023 CHÂTEAU SUDUIRAUT Vieilles Vignes Grand Vin Sec

2023 CHÂTEAU SUDUIRAUT Vieilles Vignes Grand Vin Sec

Release date: 17/5/2024

The 2023 Grand Vin Blanc Sec Vieilles Vignes is superb. Lemon confit, marzipan, white flowers, sage, mint and dried flowers all run through this super-expressive, savory dry white. There's realThe 2023 Grand Vin Blanc Sec Vieilles Vignes is superb. Lemon confit, marzipan, white flowers, sage, mint and dried flowers all run through this super-expressive, savory dry white. There's real phenolic intensity to the Vieilles Vignes—a rich, deep white for the dinner table. Pretty floral top notes and a kick of tropical fruit brighten the finish. Drinking range: 2025 - 2035 Rating: 94-96 Antonio Galloni, www.vinous.com (May 2024)

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2023 CHÂTEAU DE FIEUZAL Blanc Cru Classé Pessac-Léognan

2023 CHÂTEAU DE FIEUZAL Blanc Cru Classé Pessac-Léognan

Release date: 14/5/2024

This is very focused, with good energy and nervy acidity. Medium-bodied with vibrant citrus fruit and crunchy minerality. Firm and tense finish.This is very focused, with good energy and nervy acidity. Medium-bodied with vibrant citrus fruit and crunchy minerality. Firm and tense finish. Rating: 93-94 James Suckling, www.jamessuckling.com (Apr 2024)

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2023 BLANC DE LYNCH BAGES Château Lynch Bages

2023 BLANC DE LYNCH BAGES Château Lynch Bages

Release date: 14/5/2024

This is 81% Sauvignon Blanc, higher than usual which reflects a good yield for this variety, with 11% Semillon and 8% Muscadelle, the harvest starting August 31st and continuing for one week. It isThis is 81% Sauvignon Blanc, higher than usual which reflects a good yield for this variety, with 11% Semillon and 8% Muscadelle, the harvest starting August 31st and continuing for one week. It is vinified 80% in oak barrels, one-third new, with 20% in stainless steel. After that there was no racking, with less bâtonnage. The wine was bottled three weeks ago. A ripe and exotic nose, of melon, confit pear, acacia and crushed chalk. This continues on the palate, although it feels rather softly framed, with lightly confit fruits over a grained phenolic grip and fresh acidity. It finishes solid and grippy, and given the acidity and early picking here I would have hoped for a little more definition and zip. The alcohol is 13.2% on analysis. Rating: 90 Chris Kissack, www.thewinedoctor.com (May 2024)

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2023 CHÂTEAU LA MISSION HAUT BRION BLANC Cru Classé Pessac-Léognan

2023 CHÂTEAU LA MISSION HAUT BRION BLANC Cru Classé Pessac-Léognan

Release date: 14/5/2024

A creamy, round texture with ripe yet fresh aromas and flavors, showing apples, pears and hints of peaches. Medium- to full-bodied, polished and satisfying. 65.3% sauvignon blanc and 34.7% semillon.A creamy, round texture with ripe yet fresh aromas and flavors, showing apples, pears and hints of peaches. Medium- to full-bodied, polished and satisfying. 65.3% sauvignon blanc and 34.7% semillon. Rating: 96-97 James Suckling, www.jamessuckling.com (Apr 2024)

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2023 CHÂTEAU HAUT BRION BLANC Cru Classé Pessac-Léognan

2023 CHÂTEAU HAUT BRION BLANC Cru Classé Pessac-Léognan

Release date: 14/5/2024

A bit shy, the 2023 Haut-Brion Blanc exhibits aromas of lemon, lemon oil, crisp stone fruits and spring flowers, followed by a medium to full-bodied, dense and fleshy palate that's round and layered,A bit shy, the 2023 Haut-Brion Blanc exhibits aromas of lemon, lemon oil, crisp stone fruits and spring flowers, followed by a medium to full-bodied, dense and fleshy palate that's round and layered, with chalky underlying structure and a long, mineral finish. It's a blend of 58% Sauvignon Blanc and 42% Sémillon. Drinking range: 2025 - 2055 Rating: 93-95 Yohan Castaing, www.robertparker.com (Apr 2024)

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2023 CHÂTEAU MALARTIC LAGRAVIÈRE Blanc Cru Classé Pessac-Léognan

2023 CHÂTEAU MALARTIC LAGRAVIÈRE Blanc Cru Classé Pessac-Léognan

Release date: 7/5/2024

A beautifully structured and complex white with pristine, bright citrus fruit and an exotic touch. There’s a mineral character to it, too, with oyster-shell and crushed-stone notes. It’s medium- toA beautifully structured and complex white with pristine, bright citrus fruit and an exotic touch. There’s a mineral character to it, too, with oyster-shell and crushed-stone notes. It’s medium- to full-bodied with racy acidity that adds energy and tension. Very long finish with fine tannins that frame it nicely. Rating: 95-96 James Suckling, www.jamessuckling.com (Apr 2024)

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2023 AILE D'ARGENT Château Mouton Rothschild

2023 AILE D'ARGENT Château Mouton Rothschild

Release date: 6/5/2024

50 Sauvignon Blanc, 44.5 Semillon, 5 Sauvignon Gris, 0.5 Muscadelle: 45% new oak for 9 months: 13.5% alc: 3.20 pH: Harvested 29 August – 6 September This is a wonderfully magical wine, and while50 Sauvignon Blanc, 44.5 Semillon, 5 Sauvignon Gris, 0.5 Muscadelle: 45% new oak for 9 months: 13.5% alc: 3.20 pH: Harvested 29 August – 6 September This is a wonderfully magical wine, and while I understand that some of the Sauvignon Blanc missed the cut because it was a little too exuberant, the final assemblage has a halo of white flowers and silver needle tea over a teasing, fleetingly luxurious, but ultimately mineral, talcy and keen-edged core.  When one pops back to the glass, there is more and more to discover – intricate hues of lemon and lime, jasmine and pittosporum and it stops short of stone fruit and tropical notes, thank goodness!  A handful of top-class whites were made in 2023, and Aile d'Argent is up there with the finest. Rating: 18.5 Matthew Jukes www.matthewjukes.com (May 2024)

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2023 PAVILLON BLANC Second Vin Château Margaux

2023 PAVILLON BLANC Second Vin Château Margaux

This is quite a big Pavillon Blanc with sliced pineapple, ripe apple, lemon and stone. It's full-bodied, layered and phenolic with a ripe sense to it, but then it’s citrusy and salty. Like freshThis is quite a big Pavillon Blanc with sliced pineapple, ripe apple, lemon and stone. It's full-bodied, layered and phenolic with a ripe sense to it, but then it’s citrusy and salty. Like fresh oysters. Reminds me of vintages from the 1980s, but with more freshness and clarity. 100% sauvignon blanc. Rating: 96-97 James Suckling, www.jamessuckling.com (Apr 2024)

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