90 points The Wine Advocate
91 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar"Light gold, with a faint onion skin cast. Spicy orange zest and honeydew on the fragrant, mineral-accented nose. Dry and tightly focused, offering lively Meyer lemon and melon flavors and a deeper suggestion of nectarine. Finishes with building floral character and excellent tangy persistence, leaving bitter citrus zest and dusty mineral notes behind."
94 points Wine & Spirits"The Paillards blend this wine from Chardonnay (70 percent) and Pinot Noir (30 percent); the color comes from Bouzy rouge (six percent of the overall blend) from 45-year-old vines. That also lends the wine an essence of red fruit, gentle scents of raspberries and strawberries that last. As succulent, creamy and cushioned as this wine may be, it has clarity and drive."
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97 points James Suckling
This is very lively and vibrant with a dense and rich center palate. Lots of complexity and balance with pastry, sliced lemon and light dried mango. Full yet racy and intense. A beautiful center palate. Linear. Shows potential for aging but so good right now.
91 points Wine Spectator
95 points Wine Advocate"The 2007 La Mission Haut Brion, a candidate for wine of the vintage, exhibits a dense ruby/purple hue along with notes of melted licorice, blueberries, cassis, burning embers, and charcoal, sweet tannin, medium to full body, a fleshy mouthfeel, and an endearing succulence as well as lushness. Already appealing, it should continue to evolve and drink well for 15+ years. It is a great success for the vintage." Its intense color stems from a deep violet. The nose begins very discretely. Then evolve, one by one, a plethora of different aromas. At the head of the troop comes raspberry followed by other flavors such as blackberry, Havana cigar, then roasted coffee and, to finish off, a very pleasant aroma of woodiness. The mouth begins with a sensation of softness, and then the wine expands to fill the entire space. From this moment on, the ripe tannins take over giving one a measure of the concentration of this wine. It is of an amazing freshness with a very good balance between alcohol and acidity. With the vintage 2007, La Mission Haut-Brion has produced a top wine of excellent quality.
OWC-12 bottles $19,320.00
98 points Wine Spectator
98 points James Suckling
99 points The Wine Advocate"...as concentrated as the 2010, but it presents itself in a more consumer-friendly, seductive style. Opulently textured and full-bodied with gorgeous levels of crème de cassis, melted licorice, espresso roast and chocolate, it possesses high but sweet, velvety tannins, massive body, and fabulous purity as well as length. This could turn out to be a candidate for perfection in another 8-10 years. It will drink well for 30-50 years, but will always be much more approachable and charming than its 2010 counterpart."
OWC-12 bottles $25,380.00
98 points Wine Spectator
100 points James Suckling
99 points The Wine Advocate"...A tight, but potentially gorgeous nose of graphite, black currants, licorice and camphor is followed by a full-bodied wine revealing the classic elegance, purity and delineated style of Lafite. It is phenomenally concentrated with softer tannins than the 2005, the 2003's voluptuous, broad, juicy personality, and low acidity. There are several vintages that I thought were a replay of their colossal 1959, most notably 1982 and 2003, but 2009 is also one to keep an eye on. It is still extremely youthful and seems slightly more backward than I would have guessed based on the barrel tastings, but it needs 10-15 years of bottle age, and should last for 50+"