The 2018 La Clarté de Haut-Brion, picked 27 August to 5 September, has a tight, backward, candle wax and brioche scented bouquet that needs some coaxing. The palate is well balanced with a slightly viscous opening. There is a pleasant saline note on the back palate although for me, it does not deliver the same precision as the previous vintage on the finish. Maybe that will develop with time? 2020 - 2027
|Score: 86/88||Neal Martin, vinous.com, November 2019|
The 2018 La Clarté de Haut-Brion is composed of 79.2% Sémillon and 20.8% Sauvignon Blanc, harvested August 27 to September 5. It comes bounding out of the glass with bold notions of warm pineapple, guava and peach juice plus hints of lanolin, honeysuckle, lime cordial and nutmeg. Medium to full-bodied with a lovely oily texture, it fills the mouth with exotic fruit, lifted by just enough freshness and culminating in a long, pineapple-laced finish.
|Score: 90/92||Lisa Perrotti-Brown MW, Wine Advocate (April 2019), April 2019|
A lovely, dense white with pretty phenolic tension and dried-apple and peach character. Medium to full body. Phenolics give this tension.
|Score: 94/95||James Suckling, JamesSuckling.com, April 2019|
The 2018 La Clarté de Haut-Brion soft, creamy and inviting. Lemon confit, orchard fruit, dried herbs and flowers all meld together in the Clarté, the Sémillon based white that is essentially the second white wine of both La Mission Haut-Brion and Haut-Brion. Supple and easygoing with impeccable balance, the Clarté is a delicious white that will offer plenty of enjoyment right out of the gate. This is very nicely done. The blend is 79.2% Sémillon and 20.8% Sauvignon Blanc.
|Score: 89/91||Antonio Galloni, vinous.com, May 2019|
20.8% Sauvignon Blanc, 79.2% Sémillon. Lots of Sémillon this year, partly because they needed Sauvignon’s freshness in the grand vin. Barrel sample.
Spicy, cedary oak on the nose and very ripe lemon and grapefruit, almost apricot. Deep and ripe in fruit up front, good freshness. Precise and yet quite rich on the palate initially, a little bit chewy, but loses intensity on the finish. Creamy, leesy texture to balance the fruit. (JH) 13.8%
|Score: 16.5||Julia Harding MW, JancisRobinson.com, April 2019|
Flinty, smoky and mineral on the nose with hints of waxy lemon and apple fruit. The palate is zippy, with the light creaminess of lemon curd adding texture. The high acidity is tangy and bright. This is clean and mineral, with a cool ripeness and elegant finish.
|Score: 16||Farr Vintners, Farr Tasting, April 2019|
A Sémillon-dominated blend that includes roughly 21% Sauvignon, the 2018 La Clarte de Haut-Brion Blanc offers perfumed lemon curd, tart apple, and spice aromas and flavors. Rounded, nicely textured, yet still fresh and vibrant on the palate, it has terrific purity, integrated acidity, and a clean, dry finish.
|Score: 91/93||Jeb Dunnuck, JebDunnuck.com, May 2019|
(79.2 Semillon, 20.8 Sauvignon Blanc) | 60% new oak | 13.9% alc | 45 hl/ha | Harvested between 27th August and 5th September Creamy and full of lemon balm and sherbet tones, this is a slippery Clarté and it is delightfully light and smooth. The acidity does not seem to be too powerful and this gives the illusion of it drinking fairly young. It doesn’t have quite the impact that it usually does, but this means that it is easier to understand and certainly more precocious.
|Score: 17||Matthew Jukes, MatthewJukes.com, April 2019|