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

75cl bottles, wood case of 6

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 the 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 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

75cl bottles, wood case of 6

Here we have a wine dominated by Semillon, this accounting for 76.2% of the blend, the balance being 23.8% Sauvignon Blanc. The fruit was picked on the same dates as the other Clarence Dillon Here we have a wine dominated by Semillon, this accounting for 76.2% of the blend, the balance being 23.8% Sauvignon Blanc. The fruit was picked on the same dates as the other Clarence Dillon portfolio wines, from the 22nd and the 31st of August. Even at this stage the Semillon seems to come though here, the aromatics revealing layers of peach, mango and even a little buttered toast on the nose, along with a powdery chalky, citrus freshness. It is unusual for Semillon to have much aromatic expression at this stage; it usually comes much later, as the Sauvignon fades. The palate is fresh, pure, textural, clean and bright, with a very polished substance, pithy and broad. There is a fine grip and energy within it, as well as a deliciously vibrant acidity, important in this vintage. This has lovely potential, but is lagging behind Haut-Brion a little, for the moment at least. Rating: 92-94 Chris Kissack, www.thewinedoctor.com (Apr 2018)

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2017 PAVILLON BLANC du Château Margaux

2017 PAVILLON BLANC du Château Margaux

Release date: 13/6/2018

75cl bottles, wood case of 6

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 summer 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 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 - 2027 L&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

75cl bottles, wood case of 6

This is 53% Sauvignon Blanc, 46% Semillon and 1% Muscadelle, picked between August 30th and September 5th. The wine usually undergoes partial malolactic fermentation, which always influences the This is 53% Sauvignon Blanc, 46% Semillon and 1% Muscadelle, picked between August 30th and September 5th. The wine usually undergoes partial malolactic fermentation, which always influences the style. A very classic nose for Aile d'Argent, very ripe, with mango, peach and guava fruit, with a little dusty white-pebble freshness Its aromatic intensity is undeniable. The palate is broad, fleshy, showing some considerable grip and depth, with a restrained acid profile disappearing beneath the weight of all this ripe fruit. Wonderful substance, and a delightfully fresh tropical fruit character, with fine phenolic grip, but with a rather soft acid definition. Rating: 90-92 Chris Kissack, www.thewinedoctor.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

75cl bottles, wood case of 6

The 2017 Smith Haut Lafitte Blanc was deprived of a hectare parcel of 80-year old Sauvignon that was pulled up last year. It has a focused bouquet with mineral-driven citrus fruit, yellow plum and The 2017 Smith Haut Lafitte Blanc was deprived of a hectare parcel of 80-year old Sauvignon that was pulled up last year. It has a focused bouquet with mineral-driven citrus fruit, yellow plum and honeysuckle, the 50% new oak nicely integrated. The palate is medium-bodied with taut citrus fruit laced with pineapple and tangerine. There is a subtle tropical undercurrent to this Smith Haut-Lafite Blanc. It fans out generously towards the finish with a long and satisfying, lightly honeyed finish. This is a very fine white Smith Haut-Lafitte, already surfeit with pedigree that should age with style and panache. Drinking range: 2021 - 2035 Rating: 92-94 Neal Martin, vinous.com (May 2018)

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2017 LA CLARTÉ DE HAUT BRION Graves

2017 LA CLARTÉ DE HAUT BRION Graves

Release date: 4/6/2018

75cl bottles, wood case of 6

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

75cl bottles, case of 12

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 Bages PRIMEUR FAVOURITES

Release date: 22/5/2018

75cl bottles, wood case of 6

A pure, bracing style, with jicama, white peach and honeysuckle notes. Shows a long fleur de sel edge on the finish. High-pitched and lovely. A pure, bracing style, with jicama, white peach and honeysuckle notes. Shows a long fleur de sel edge on the finish. High-pitched and lovely. Rating: 90-93 James Molesworth, The Wine Spectator (Apr 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

75cl bottles, wood case of 6

A tentative blend of 70% Sauvignon Blanc and 30% Sémillon, the 2017 Blanc opens with vibrant notes of freshly squeezed lemons, pink grapefruit and yuzu, accented by touches of lime zest and green A tentative blend of 70% Sauvignon Blanc and 30% Sémillon, the 2017 Blanc opens with vibrant notes of freshly squeezed lemons, pink grapefruit and yuzu, accented by touches of lime zest and green apple plus a waft of crushed stones. Medium-bodied with lively acidity and super-intense, wonderfully expressive citrus flavors, it finishes long and chalky. Rating: 91-93 Lisa Perrotti-Brown, RobertParker.com (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

75cl bottles, case of 12

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 it 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 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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