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1985 Château Laville Haut-Brion Blanc
Sémillon-Sauvignon Blanc Blend
Community Tasting Notes 16
Bordeaux_Jon Likes this wine: (95 points)
May 17, 2016 - This wine was really something. The nose started of with a major spice component, not pepper per se, but more baking spices. From there it developed stone fruit characteristics - apricot and nectarine - along with honey, caramel, and some white Rhone notes (hard for me to describe). While definitely showing some signs of oxidation, on this occasion, it added complexity rather than taking it away.
The palate had a nice oily viscous aspect with a thickness on the way to Sauternes. There was good intensity but yet balance between the acidity, alcohol and fruit. Others noted a lot of minerality. While a great wine, I had recently had the 1985 Domaine de Chevalier Blanc, which at a one third the price, was even better.
DrinkBordeaux wrote: (93 points)
June 26, 2015 - Pessac-Léognan Tasting at Wine Watch: Don't give up on this -- at first appeared oxidized, but this completely went away after 30 minutes in the glass. Nose then became much sweeter...lemon curd, honeysuckle, mineral, sherry, and brown sugar. Medium length on the finish with bright acidity. Would drink soon if you have this, but it was very enjoyable tonight.
PinkMoonWinery Likes this wine: (90 points)
July 24, 2013 - Vanilla, Mirabelles, lemon, some plastic, oysters, salt. A hint of minerals. Very good but needs to be drunk up.
ginfizz wrote: (92 points)
April 19, 2013 - First time with an old Graves. Citrus on nose, fennel, wax, grapefruit, then turning to old semillon/sauv blanc like an old Sauternes. Palate clean, fresh and zippy, but not dense. Needed time to open up and round out. Interesting.
Jeff Leve wrote: (93 points)
August 14, 2012 - 1985 Laville Haut Brion Blanc offered a beautiful, complex perfume filled with honey, floral, mineral, vanilla, citrus rind and lemon. Round, voluptuous and plush, this fully mature, white Bordeaux wine ends with a fresh, zesty, lemon finish.
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Jan/Feb 2015, Issue #55, Château La Mission Haut-Brion One of the Graves’ Greatest Estates- Changing For the Better?
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- Vintage 1985
- Type White
- Producer Château Laville Haut-Brion
- Varietal Sémillon-Sauvignon Blanc Blend
- Designation Blanc
- Vineyard n/a
- Country France
- Region Bordeaux
- SubRegion Graves
- Appellation Pessac-Léognan
- UPC Code 087000340237
- Pending Delivery 0 (0%)
- In Cellars 124 (83%)
- Consumed 26 (17%)