2019 La Clarté de Haut-Brion Blanc, Pessac-Léognan

The second wine of both Haut-Brion and La Mission, this white offers remarkable value when compared to its bigger brothers. It’s a blend of 52% Semillon and 48% Sauvignon.

Critic score
92.25/100
Pricing
Bottle
En primeur
29 available
£68.68
Case, 6 Bottles
En primeur
4 available
£412.08

WINE DETAILS

  • Region & country
    Pessac-Léognan, Graves, Bordeaux, France
  • Grape
    51.7% Sauvignon Blanc
    48.3% Semillon
  • Maturity
    Young 2022 - 2028
  • Colour
    White
  • Sweetness
    Dry
  • Style
    Still
  • Unit Volume
    Bottle (75cl.)
  • ABV
    13.5%
2019 La Clarté de Haut-Brion Blanc, Pessac-Léognan

TASTING NOTES

La Clarté de Haut-Brion is the second wine of both Haut-Brion Blanc and La Mission Haut-Brion Blanc, produced from the declassified selections from both estates. This vintage is a blend of 51.7% Sauvignon Blanc and 48.3% Semillon, harvested from the 29th of August to the 10th of September. The estimated label alcohol degree is 13.5%. The 2019 La Clarté de Haut-Brion needs just a little swirling and coaxing to begin to shake loose lovely scents of Golden Delicious apple, ripe peaches and lemongrass with nuances of allspice, white pepper and shaved almonds. The medium-bodied palate offers a great intensity of spiced stone fruit flavors along with a satiny texture and seamless freshness, finishing savory.

Lisa Perrotti-Brown MW, Wine Advocate (June 2020)
(90—92)/100

Dense and thick with lots of dried-apple and peach character and hints of apricots. Full and round. Chewy at the end, but remains fresh.

James Suckling, jamessuckling.com (June 2020)
93—94/100

Wonderfully juicy frame. This feels subtle at first, but the aromatics blossom quickly and in fact there is a real fist of white pepper and juicy stone fruits. Builds with care and attention, and the slate texture increases through the palate. First time in history they picked the Sémillon before Sauvignon Blanc. Harvest 29 August to September 9. Yields were 60hl/ha, after 45hl/ha last year, so extremely plentiful.

Jane Anson, Decanter (June 2020)
92/100
Château Haut-Brion

Celebrated Haut-Brion is the oldest of the five First Growths and the only one to be found in Graves. The first of the original four first growths to be classified in 1855, it is one of the most illustrious names in Bordeaux, commanding a dedicated following and lofty prices. There is evidence that grapes have been grown here since Roman times and its wine was as loved 500 years ago as it is today. Mentions have been found in the 1660 cellar records of King Charles II, in the diaries of Samuel Pepys and, in 1787, praise was bestowed from Thomas Jefferson during his visit to Bordeaux.

The estate was divided up in 1694 when the last member of its owners, the Pontac family, died childless. Although it was reunited in 1840, it wasn’t until American banker Charles Dillon bought it in 1935 that Haut-Brion achieved stability and it remains with the Dillon family today. The 51 hectares of vineyards are planted with Merlot, which makes up the majority of the Grand Vin’s blend, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot. Haut-Brion also makes a white and nearly 3 hectares are devoted to Sauvignon Blanc and Sémillon.

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