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La Clarté Haut Brion is the new name for Les Plantiers Haut Brion - the second white wine of both Haut Brion Blanc and La Mission Haut Brion Blanc with around 1000 cases produced annually.
A blend of 55% Sémillon and 45% Sauvignon Blanc, the 2021 La Clarté de Haut-Brion exhibits aromas of crisp nectarine, citrus oil, white flowers and freshly baked bread. Medium to full-bodied, lively and textural, it's beautifully balanced, concluding with a long, saline finish. It's worth serious consideration this year.
The 2021 La Clarté de Haut-Brion Blanc has a fresh lime, pineapple and orange zest bouquet, well defined with moderate acidity. The palate is well balanced with fine acidity, taut and fresh, and quite harmonious toward the finish. Seductive white peachy notes linger on the aftertaste. Very fine.
55% Semillon and 45% Sauvignon Blanc in 2021. Very pale lemon colour. The nose shows pure lemon rind and beeswax, together with a creamy, richer, savoury note. The palate has real attack, with tangy acidity wrapped in a chalky Semillon texture. Full and quite rounded in fruit, soft stone fruits, zesty citrus and lambswool all come together on the palate. Long and fine, finding the house richness and acidity of the vintage.
A blend of 55% Semillon and 45% Sauvignon Blanc, the 2021 La Clarte de Haut-Brion has a compelling nose of yellow apples, white peaches, and struck flint with a hint of lemon drops. Light to medium-bodied, the palate delivers great tension and purity, finishing on a lingering zesty note.
2021 is not the year to stock up on 2nd labels of red wines, but the whites offer more consistency, and this is a great example. Has a clear intensity to it, with tension and grip, a slate-textured finish and fleshy but pared-back stone fruits. 45% new barrels, and lower alcohols than over the past few years, as with the whole Haut-Brion range. Harvest from September 3 to 13, with the team able to take their time because the acidity levels in the grapes weren’t dropping fast in the way they have in recent years, giving more leeway over when to pick.
56% Sémillon, 44% Sauvignon (Blanc and Gris). Cask sample.
Pale, translucent hue. Intensely aromatic with citrus-grapefruit notes on the nose and palate. Generous fruit and supple texture with balancing acidity for freshness. Some persistence. Should drink well young but age a bit as well. (JL) 13.5%
Drink 2023 – 2032