2020 Château Larrivet Haut-Brion Blanc
Château Larrivet Haut-Brion from Graves-Pessac-Léognan is owned by the Gervoson family and today it is director Bruno Lemoine who takes the cru to the highest place in the appellation. The hand of the master, Michel Rolland, is also clearly present in this wine. The blend of 65% Sauvignon and 30% Sémillon supplemented with Muscadelle, is vinified in 100% new French oak. In the taste mainly ripe fruit. A bit greasy in texture and lightly toasted. The wine is soft, elegant and super refined.
The Larrivet Haut-Brion Blanc has intense fruity aromas (passion fruit and peach) but also a nice mineral touch. The Larrivet Haut-Brion Blanc glides sensually from the glass with notes of green mango, orange blossom and fresh pineapple plus nuances of beeswax, fresh ginger and fennel seed. Medium-bodied, the taste is beautifully structured, with intense tropical fruit layers and citrusy sparks, with a long and spicy finish. Striking is the soothing freshness. A beauty of a wine that guarantees exceptional drinking pleasure.
Antonio Galloni of Vinous writes: "The 2020 Larrivet Haut-Brion Blanc is an exotic, radiant wine. Passionfruit, almond paste, dried flowers and mint fill out the layers as this creamy, radiant dry white shows off its considerable allure."
This château, located directly opposite Ch. Haut Bailly is a very interesting terroir of very good quality. The prices of the wines remain favorable for the quality offered. It is owned by the Gervoson family and Bruno Lemoine is its director. Since 2015, they have a new cellar master, François Gaudichon, who is an oenologist and has gained experience in the Burgundy region (Vosne Romanée). Since then, the advice has come from Stéphane Derenoncourt (formerly Michel Rolland).
The history of Château Larrivet Haut-Brion goes back to 1840, the year in which the château was first mentioned among the first plantings of Pessac-Léognan. To this day, the château has become more and more famous. After several name changes from Château de Canolle, to La Rivette and Château Brion-Larrivet, the winery was renamed Château Haut-Brion Larrivet in 1874 by the then owner Ernest Laurent, a Bordeaux négotiant (officially recognized and authorized dealer in Bordeaux wines).
In 1893 the winery was sold again and then it came into the possession of Jacques Guillemaud in 1941 and acquired its present name: Château Larrivet Haut-Brion. Today it owns approximately 75 hectares of vineyards on mainly gravel subsoil with sand and clay. Château Larrivet Haut-Brion produces about 4500 liters of red wine per hectare and 4000 liters of white wine per hectare and plants 7700 vines per hectare. This is 2300 vines below average and this greatly benefits both the intensity and quality of the wine. Her red wines age on average for 14 to 18 months in different oak barrels and then another 10 to 11 months — depending on the vintage — in the cellars of the winery.
|Type of Wine||White|
|Winery||Château Larrivet Haut-Brion|
|Grape||Sauvignon Blanc, Semillon|
|Drinking as of||2023|
|James Suckling rating||93|
|Tasting Profiles||Dry, Fresh, Fruity, Aged on wood, Mineral, Tense, White fruit|
|Drink moments||Lekker luxe, Met vrienden|