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Date Printed: 7/25/2014
Chateau Larrivet Haut-Brion Blanc 2000
Chateau Larrivet Haut-Brion Blanc 2000
(search item no. 58558)
Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
The Wine Advocate rating: 88 points
PRICE ON 7/25/2014: $42.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2009 Wine Enthusiast rating: 95 points
2009 The Wine Advocate rating: 92 points
2008 Wine Enthusiast rating: 94 points
2008 The Wine Advocate rating: 92 points
2007 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2006 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2006 The Wine Advocate rating: 89 points
2005 Wine Enthusiast rating: 92 points
2005 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
2005 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2003 Wine Spectator rating: 88 points
2003 The Wine Advocate rating: 88 points

Winemaker's Notes:

With its very original structure, Château Haut-Brion white is completely different from the other dry white wines of the Bordeaux area.

The unctuousness, the suavity and the apparent softness of the Sémillon are associated with the fruity freshness of the ripe Sauvignon.

First there is a scent of freshness dominated by aniseed and basswood. Then comes a whiff of little diluted verbena dissolving behind a soft trace of honeycomb. The finish is very complex: it mixes all those fragrances together, and then veils them with a touch of incense.

Next comes the palate where the tartness of the fruit is mitigated by the sweetness of the composition. Little by little one can taste the musk, that unctuous Muscat of the ripe Sauvignon.

One also finds the flavor of finely roasted, honey-coated almonds suggesting delicious praline. With age all these impressions combine and relate to those evoked by the aromas of a liquorous wine.

Thus Château Haut-Brion Blanc achieves the dream of the Larrieus: the aromatic fullness of a sauternes present in a dry white wine...

My Notes:

Additional wines from Chateau Larrivet Haut-Brion:

  • 2006 (search item no. 123026)

About Chateau Larrivet Haut-Brion:

Château Larrivet Haut-Brion was acquired by the Gervoson family in 1987. They restored the estate's unity, once again combining the Château, outbuildings, 13 hectares of grounds, and 42 hectares of vines under one owner, as well as replanting 18 hectares of land that had laid fallow.

A team of enthusiastic professionals has done a wonderful job of giving Château Larrivet Haut-Brion back its superb reputation, and the estate is once again universally recognised as one of the finest wines in the Pessac-Léognan appellation.