Dry Whites

The dry whites are a bit of a mixed bag in 2017. Some are quite tropical, even a bit overweight for our taste. The successful properties managed to produce wines with a bit more energy and 'zip'. This was often due to the quality (and proportion) of Sauvignon Blanc which seemed to perform particularly well in the vintage.

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2017 CHÂTEAU HAUT BRION BLANC Cru Classé Pessac-Léognan

2017 CHÂTEAU HAUT BRION BLANC Cru Classé Pessac-Léognan

Release date: 14/6/2018

56.2% Sauvignon Blanc, 43.8% Sémillon. More creamy and spicy than the Mission Haut-Brion Blanc. More rounded but also more piercing from the Sauvignon Blanc. Quite a different style, lacks the56.2% Sauvignon Blanc, 43.8% Sémillon. More creamy and spicy than the Mission Haut-Brion Blanc. More rounded but also more piercing from the Sauvignon Blanc. Quite a different style, lacks the waxiness of the Mission but is more persistent and more powerful. More depth yet without the same richness as in the Mission. (JH) Drink 2022-2027 Drinking range: 2022 - 2027 Rating: 17.5 Julia Harding MW, www.JancisRobinson.com(Apr 2018)

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2017 CHÂTEAU LA MISSION HAUT BRION BLANC Cru Classé Pessac-Léognan

2017 CHÂTEAU LA MISSION HAUT BRION BLANC Cru Classé Pessac-Léognan

Release date: 14/6/2018

The 2017 La Mission de Haut Brion Blanc is a Sémillon-dominated blend of 76.2% Sémillon and 23.8% Sauvignon that was harvested between 22nd and 31st of August. It’s another fresh, vibrant white fromThe 2017 La Mission de Haut Brion Blanc is a Sémillon-dominated blend of 76.2% Sémillon and 23.8% Sauvignon that was harvested between 22nd and 31st of August. It’s another fresh, vibrant white from the vintage that has sensational notes of lemon curd, white flowers, crushed rock, and just a touch of honeyed citrus. It’s medium to full-bodied, clean and elegant, and will drink beautifully for two decades or more. Rating: 94-96 Jeb Dunnuck, www.jebdunnuck.com(Apr 2018)

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2017 PAVILLON BLANC du Château Margaux

2017 PAVILLON BLANC du Château Margaux

Release date: 13/6/2018

Thankfully Margaux's plots of Sauvignon Blanc were saved from the frost due to a nifty sprinkler system. The early harvest (Aug 28th - Sept 5th) also meant the fruit was unaffected by late summerThankfully Margaux's plots of Sauvignon Blanc were saved from the frost due to a nifty sprinkler system. The early harvest (Aug 28th - Sept 5th) also meant the fruit was unaffected by late summer rains, while the cool nights helped retain acidity and a good balance of ripeness in the grapes. Estate manager Sébastien Vergne likened the vintage to 1996, the last time he felt there was a similar balance of concentration and acidity in the fruit. Whatever the comparison, the resulting wine is already quite open and showing plenty of rich and intense flavours of citrus, white peach and blossom. Despite that richness, the wine never appears flabby or loses 'zip'. The finish is strikingly long, fresh and beautifully defined. A 'wow' wine and certainly a prime candidate for best dry white in 2017. Drinking range: 2019 - 2027L&S(Apr 2018)

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2017 AILE D'ARGENT Château Mouton Rothschild

2017 AILE D'ARGENT Château Mouton Rothschild

Release date: 12/6/2018

The 2017 Aile d'Argent (53% Sauvignon, 46% Sémillon, and the rest Muscadelle) was affected by the frost, but the quality is certainly top notch. Exotic citrus, flowers, mint, and a kiss of saltyThe 2017 Aile d'Argent (53% Sauvignon, 46% Sémillon, and the rest Muscadelle) was affected by the frost, but the quality is certainly top notch. Exotic citrus, flowers, mint, and a kiss of salty minerality all emerge from this medium-bodied, supple, nicely textured white that drops off slightly on the finish. Rating: 88-90 Jeb Dunnuck, www.jebdunnuck.com(Apr 2018)

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2017 CHÂTEAU SMITH HAUT LAFITTE BLANC Cru Classé Pessac-Léognan

2017 CHÂTEAU SMITH HAUT LAFITTE BLANC Cru Classé Pessac-Léognan

Release date: 7/6/2018

This shows serious density and beauty with fantastic complexity and dimension. Full-bodied yet so fresh and beautiful. Layered and tight at the same time. Exciting to follow this one.This shows serious density and beauty with fantastic complexity and dimension. Full-bodied yet so fresh and beautiful. Layered and tight at the same time. Exciting to follow this one. Rating: 96-97 James Suckling, www.jamessuckling.com(Apr 2018)

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2017 LA CLARTÉ DE HAUT BRION Graves

2017 LA CLARTÉ DE HAUT BRION Graves

Release date: 4/6/2018

Nice feel, grippy dutiness is good and a nice ctirus pithiness add a good dimension. Nice and lemony juice - but no tartness. More pear and apple firmness. Some wax too and a mineral scrape.Nice feel, grippy dutiness is good and a nice ctirus pithiness add a good dimension. Nice and lemony juice - but no tartness. More pear and apple firmness. Some wax too and a mineral scrape. Attractive for sure - but not a live wire though with the acidity which could be more lively. Rating: 88-89 L&S(Apr 2018)

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2017 CHÂTEAU CARBONNIEUX Blanc Cru Classé Pessac-Léognan

2017 CHÂTEAU CARBONNIEUX Blanc Cru Classé Pessac-Léognan

Release date: 23/5/2018

This is very salty and flavorful with sliced green apples, limes and green pears. Medium-bodied, layered and flavorful. Plenty going on here as always. Minerally.This is very salty and flavorful with sliced green apples, limes and green pears. Medium-bodied, layered and flavorful. Plenty going on here as always. Minerally. Rating: 90-91 James Suckling, www.jamessuckling.com(Apr 2018)

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2017 BLANC DE LYNCH BAGES Château Lynch Bages

2017 BLANC DE LYNCH BAGES Château Lynch BagesPRIMEUR FAVOURITES

Release date: 22/5/2018

The 2017 Blanc de Lynch Bages, which was slightly affected by frost, especially the Sauvignon Blanc, had been bottled the previous week. A blend of 40% Sauvignon Blanc, 41% Sémillon and 19%The 2017 Blanc de Lynch Bages, which was slightly affected by frost, especially the Sauvignon Blanc, had been bottled the previous week. A blend of 40% Sauvignon Blanc, 41% Sémillon and 19% Muscadelle and matured in 45% new oak, it has a fresh green apple and gooseberry scented bouquet with the Sauvignon firmly in charge. The palate is well balanced with a fine thread of acidity, touches of grapefruit, melon and pineapple leading to a slightly blank but fresh finish that will need a year in bottle to develop more personality. Drinking range: 2019 - 2023 Rating: 88-90 Neal Martin, vinous.com(May 2018)

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2017 DOMAINE DE CHEVALIER Blanc Cru Classé Pessac-Léognan

2017 DOMAINE DE CHEVALIER Blanc Cru Classé Pessac-Léognan

Release date: 17/5/2018

As with the red, this really does punch at the top end of the appellation. It's more herbal than some, showing attractive fresh herb notes of rosemary and sage. High quality white peach and nectarineAs with the red, this really does punch at the top end of the appellation. It's more herbal than some, showing attractive fresh herb notes of rosemary and sage. High quality white peach and nectarine flavours run though the palate, with slatey edges on the finish that are scraping the sides. It's a great wine that is going to age and develop. Oh - and there was a touch of frost here, but Domaine de Chevalier was, of course, well prepared, being located in a vulnerable spot. One-third new oak. Drinking range: 2025 - 2040 Rating: 94 Jane Anson, Decanter(Apr 2018)

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2017 CHÂTEAU MALARTIC LAGRAVIÈRE Blanc Cru Classé Pessac-Léognan

2017 CHÂTEAU MALARTIC LAGRAVIÈRE Blanc Cru Classé Pessac-Léognan

Release date: 3/5/2018

80% Sauvignon, 20% Sémillon with 50% new French oak. Really pure, concentrated citrus and grapefruit nose that wears the oak well. The fruit is really ripe and there's quite a bit of body but it80% Sauvignon, 20% Sémillon with 50% new French oak. Really pure, concentrated citrus and grapefruit nose that wears the oak well. The fruit is really ripe and there's quite a bit of body but it isn't flabby or overtly tropical. Neither is it grassy and thin. There's just the right acid balance. This almost sparkles there's so much fizz and energy. Really lively stuff, bright and refreshing. An excellent showing in a good vintage for dry whites, especially those that are heavier on the Sauvignon. Drinking range: 2019 - 2025 Rating: 90-92 L&S(Apr 2018)

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