A white with fabulous depth and structure that shows layers of sliced apple, mineral, chalk, and mango character. It's layered and powerful like a top red. The line of acidity is wonderful. Grand cru Burgundy style.
The 2011 Blanc is a blend of 40% Sauvignon, 35% Semillon, 16% Sauvignon Gris and 9% Muscadelle cropped at 30hl/ha in successive tries between 30th August and 15th September. It has a well-defined bouquet with scents of grapefruit, lime flower, vanilla pod and a touch of guava that is nicely contained and focused. The palate has a well balanced entry that displays fine weight in the mouth. The oak is a little obtrusive at the moment but it will meld together with bottle age. There are attractive notes of grapefruit, bitter lemon and white peach with fine minerality. This is an excellent Pessac Blanc even though I would need more persistency on the finish to award a higher score.
Feels almost open and welcoming already, with lightly toasted brioche and salted butter notes giving way to well-defined straw, verbena and honeysuckle. Long and lush on the finish, this expands quickly with air and stands apart from the pack with its richly layered profile.
First bottle: a little deeper gold than most. Smells of old wood on the nose, rather dirty. Really grubby and hard on the palate. Second bottle: more woody and reductive but much cleaner and fresher than the first sample, a little too much winemaking and not enough fruit. Spice dominates the finish. Julia Harding MW
Blending 40% Sauvignon, 35% Semillon, 16% Sauvignon Gris and 9% Muscadelle produced a wine with a vanilla, floral, lemon, lime and grapefruit personality. Rich, but not over the top, the fresh, crisp, citrus and grapefruit finish filled out nicely.by jeff leve in 2014
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