Chateau Olivier Blanc 2018
The Sauvignon Blanc wines are very expressive and fruity, with a bouquet of peach and white flowers. They are rich, but show good acidity on the palate, along with a beautiful, pure, and deep flavor profile.
Blend: 75% Sauvignon Blanc, 25% Semillon
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This beautifully textured wine is already balanced but has a fine future. The cool, crisp texture contrasts with ripe fruitiness and spice from wood aging. Drink this wine from 2023.
Olivier comes close to delivering the kick that's missing in many of the Pessac whites this year. It's a juicy, rich, well structured wine that maintains its freshness. I tasted this a few times and it definitely delivers the slate crawl towards the finish that slows down your experience and makes a great white stretch out. 45hl/ha yield. 30% new oak for ageing. Drinking Window 2020 - 2030. Barrel Sample: 93
Features an atypical bitter orange edge that melds nicely with the core of lemon curd, gooseberry and nectarine notes. Flashes of verbena and orange blossom check in, leading to a long singed almond thread on the finish. Distinctive. Sauvignon Blanc and Sémillon. Drink now through 2025
Dried apricot, grapefruit zest, crushed stones and a hint of hay on the nose. It’s medium-bodied with bright acidity and a creamy, layered texture. Mineral finish. Tangy and bright now but better in 2022 and onwards.
With a fair bit of swirling, Olivier's 2018 Blanc leaps from the glass with energetic notes of fresh grapefruit, ripe pears and pineapple, plus hints of lime blossoms and dill seed with a waft of wet pebbles. The medium-bodied palate is elegantly styled with intense citrus and tropical fruit flavors, marked by a racy backbone, finishing refreshingly steely.
The 2018 Olivier Blanc has a subtle but well-defined bouquet of yellow fruit and hints of strawberry and orange blossom that all gently unfurl with aeration. The palate is well balanced with lime and green apple on the entry, a touch of spice and a cohesive, focused finish. I feel that this has improved during its élevage and evolved into really quite a delicious, lively Olivier Blanc that should age well over the next decade or more. Drinking window: 2021 - 2030
The 2018 Château Olivier Blanc is a juicy, elegant white offering plenty of tart pineapple, lemon, and honeyed grapefruit notes in a medium-bodied, bright, racy package. It's nicely balanced, has good purity, and is well worth following over the coming 3-5 years or more.
For years and years, Chateau Olivier has brought together the present and the past by making wines of great art in an estate that is the stuff of legends... Fashioned by the terroir in which they are rooted, shaped by all those who work the vines, the wines of Chateau Olivier are a magnificent expression of their appellation among the six Classified Growths of Graves in red and white. Skillfully perpetuating the history of the estate, the wine-growers of Olivier help give the wines they produce the same charm and authenticity as its surrounding walls which are nearly a thousand years old.
Our ambition to develop quality further can be seen first and foremost in the dynamic, technically modern methods we use to enhance the terroir. The recent geological discoveries in the two gravel mounds of Olivier have confirmed the richness and diversity of an outstanding viticultural heritage. 11 different terroirs have been identified, passed down by those who once contributed to the building of the fine reputation of Bordeaux’s great growths. The new vat-house, re-designed to bring the very best out of each of the estate’s plots, house the year’s harvest. It is a perfect balance between ancient architecture and state-of-the-art equipment.
Recognized for its superior reds as well as whites, Pessac-Léognan on the Left Bank claims classified growths for both—making it quite unique in comparison to its neighboring Médoc properties.
Pessac’s Chateau Haut-Brion, the only first growth located outside of the Médoc, is said to have been the first to conceptualize fine red wine in Bordeaux back in the late 1600s. The estate, along with its high-esteemed neighbors, La Mission Haut-Brion, Les Carmes Haut-Brion, Pique-Caillou and Chateau Pape-Clément are today all but enveloped by the city of Bordeaux. The rest of the vineyards of Pessac-Léognan are in clearings of heavily forested area or abutting dense suburbs.
Arid sand and gravel on top of clay and limestone make the area unique and conducive to growing Sémillon and Sauvignon blanc as well as the grapes in the usual Left Bank red recipe: Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc and miniscule percentages of Petit Verdot and Malbec.
The best reds will show great force and finesse with inky blue and black fruit, mushroom, forest, tobacco, iodine and a smooth and intriguing texture.
Its best whites show complexity, longevity and no lack of exotic twists on citrus, tropical and stone fruit with pronounced floral and spice characteristics.
Sometimes light and crisp, other times rich and creamy, Bordeaux White Blends typically consist of Sauvignon Blanc and Semillon. Often, a small amount of Muscadelle or Sauvignon Gris is included for added intrigue. Popularized in Bordeaux, the blend is often mimicked throughout the New World. Somm Secret—Sauternes and Barsac are usually reserved for dessert, but they can be served before, during or after a meal. Try these sweet wines as an aperitif with jamón ibérico, oysters with a spicy mignonette or during dinner alongside hearty Alsatian sausage.