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Château Haut-Brion Sémillon-Sauvignon Blanc Blend Pessac-Léognan Blanc 2003

Winemaker's Notes:

Tasting Notes: An outstanding effort for the vintage, although shy when compared to the 2001 or evolved, complex 1999, the 2000 reveals a rich lanolin and honeyed melon bouquet with a hint of fig in the background. Made in a medium-bodied, straightforward style with loads of fruit, glycerin, and smoky wood, but not the nuances, persistence, and depth of the 2001 or 1999, it will can be drunk now and over the next 12 years.

Chateau Haut Brion:
Although by all accounts the vine has been rampant in these parts since at least Roman times, the earliest written mention that our archivist has discovered, citing a parcel of vines being cultivated at Haut-Brion dates back to only 1423. In the early days wines were known by the name of the parishes from whence they came. Later they became known as clarets. In the case of Haut-Brion, under t... Read more
Although by all accounts the vine has been rampant in these parts since at least Roman times, the earliest written mention that our archivist has discovered, citing a parcel of vines being cultivated at Haut-Brion dates back to only 1423. In the early days wines were known by the name of the parishes from whence they came. Later they became known as clarets. In the case of Haut-Brion, under the great stewardship of the Pontac family the wine's reputation was for years represented by the name of this enlightened and well respected family-- Pontac wine. Eventually as its renown grew, the name of the Estate came to replace that of its owners. The notion of a Great Growth was born! We find the first written mention of the wine in the Diaries of Samuel Pepys. While visiting the Royal Oak Tavern in London on April 10, 1663 Pepys wrote "There I drank a sort of French wine called Ho-Bryan (sic) which hath a good and most particular taste which I never before encountered....." Read less

External Reviews for Château Haut-Brion Sémillon-Sauvignon Blanc Blend Pessac-Léognan Blanc

External Review
Source: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
03/26/2010

A Bordeaux Blanc wine from Bordeaux in France. 2003 Haut Brion Blanc 750ml



Tasting Notes: An outstanding effort for the vintage, although shy when compared to the 2001 or evolved, complex 1999, the 2000 reveals a rich lanolin and honeyed melon bouquet with a hint of fig in the background. Made in a medium-bodied, straightforward style with loads of fruit, glycerin, and smoky wood, but not the nuances, persistence, and depth of the 2001 or 1999, it will can be drunk now and over the next 12 years.

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