Chateau Larrivet Haut-Brion White 2009 - Pessac-Léognan
Soil-type: Deep gravel in a sandy matrix over a layer of clay
Surface area: 72.5 hectares in total, of which 11.5 are white varieties
Blend: 75% Sauvignon blanc 25% Semillon
Average age of the vines: 20 years
Vineyard management: Semillon: spur-pruning Sauvignon Blanc: Double Guyot pruning Ploughing or seeding of a grass cover crop, de-leafing, crop thinning. Harvest -manual at perfect ripeness. Vinification - settling of the juice for 48 hours in small, temperature controlled concrete vats, vinification in new barrels, stirring of the lees three times a week for 3 months. Ageing: 11 months in new oak barrels.
A clean, clear green-yellow colour with bright golden glints, an intense, fresh nose revealing fresh almond and hazelnut notes, citrus fruit (orange rind and lemon zest) accompanied by nuances of well-ripened yellow fruits, and vanilla hints underpinning the whole. The attack on the palate is fresh with a very pleasant creamy impression, beautifully balanced, slightly mineral, with excellent acidity, followed by attractive sweet oak revealing a hint of cinnamon.