La Clarté de Haut Brion 2016

RegionBordeaux
SubregionPessac-Leognan
ColourWhite
TypeStill

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.


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Tasting Notes

The 2016 La Clarté de Haut Brion has a simple bouquet of lime flower and light resinous aromas, though I want a little more energy here. The palate is well balanced, offering pear and gooseberry on the entry and decent weight in the mouth, but just a little too simple on the patisserie-tinged finish. Drink 2019-2025

Score: 88Neal Martin, vinous.com (Jan 2019), January 2019

The 2016 La Clarte de Haut-Brion Blanc is a blend of 23.7% Sauvignon Blanc and 76.3% Sémillon. It has a light lime flower scented bouquet that does not quite have the vigor of the 2015 last year. The palate is well balanced with crisp acidity, taut and linear with fresh grapefruit and hints of pineapple towards the brisk finish.
Drink Date 2019 - 2028

Score: 87/89Neal Martin, Wine Advocate (230), April 2017

Composed of 76.3% Sémillon and 23.7% Sauvignon Blanc, the 2016 La Clarté de Haut-Brion features very pretty honeysuckle, yuzu, lemon drops and fresh pears scents with hints of kumquat and lime leaves. Medium-bodied with fantastic freshness, the palate features a great intensity of citrus flavors and a long chalky finish. Drink 2019-2029.

Score: 91Lisa Perrotti-Brown MW, Wine Advocate (Interim), November 2018

Very salty and fruity with lots of dried pineapple and lemon rind. Medium-to full-bodied, dense and long. White pepper, too.

Score: 93/94James Suckling, JamesSuckling.com, March 2017

The 2016 La Clarte de Haut-Brion is lovely. Bright and nicely chiseled, with terrific depth, the Clarte is wonderfully nuanced. Citrus and floral notes give this energetic Sémillon/Sauvignon blend terrific freshness.

2019 - 2024

Score: 91Antonio Galloni, vinous.com, January 2019

The 2016 La Clarté de Haut-Brion feels quite rich and intense owing to the high percentage of Sémillon (76 percent) in the blend this year. A phenolic, broad white, the 2016 has plenty of personality, although it naturally lacks the pedigree of the top selections. It will be interesting to see if the Clarté finds a bit more harmony during its aging. Today, some of the edges show through. Citrus peel, stone fruit, mint and chalk add closing nuances.

Score: 88/91Antonio Galloni, vinous.com, April 2017

Mainly Sémillon. Rich and sweet and seductive. Spicy and racy.
Drink 2018-2024

Score: 17Jancis Robinson MW, JancisRobinson.com, April 2017

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. In 2016 the blend is 23.7 Sauvignon Blanc and 76.3% Semillon - a high percentage in Clarte due to the stress that it suffered taking it out of the Grand Vin selection. Spicy and juicy on the nose with notes of beeswax, honey and lemon curd. The palate is broad and waxy, with creamy depth and ripe pear and citrus flavours. Smoky, spicy flavours follow through to a long, broad finish that will really appeal to those looking for a Mission Haut Brion Blanc-style wine at a much lower price.

Score: 16+Farr Vintners, April 2017

The second wine of this incredible estate is the 2016 La Clarte de Haut Brion Blanc (76.3% Sémillon and 23.7% Sauvignon). As with the grand vin, it has an incredible mix of vibrancy and richness as well as beautiful tart citrus, lime, white flowers, and crushed rock aromas and flavors. Fresh, focused, medium-bodied, and with bracing acidity yet terrific concentration, it too needs short-term cellaring and should keep for two decades. 2019 - 2039.

Score: 94Jeb Dunnuck, JebDunnuck.com, February 2019

The nose is light fresh with fragrant white flowers herbal the start of the palate has citrus crispness. A hint of mid sweetness some tropical fruits with lime and lemon giving a racy freshness to the finish. 2018-24

Score: 90/92Derek Smedley MW, DerekSmedleyMW.co.uk, April 2017

There’s not much of a gap in quality behind the second wine of Haut-Brion and the white Grand Vin in 2016, which makes this a comparative bargain. Semillon dominated, with lemongrass, fresh herb and vanilla spice flavours and a long, balanced finish. 2018-26

Score: 94Tim Atkin MW, timatkin.com, April 2017

Exceptionally rich flavour and succulence on show here, a lovely Clarté in a tough vintage that is more exotic than in some years but absolutely works. Some spicy herbal notes of rosemary pick up the mid-palate and there is a freshness that ensures a mouthwatering uplift to the finish. An interesting side note - there is 60% new oak here, significantly more than in the grand vin, showing just how the technical team truly is led by what is best for the wine, not what is expected of it. 76.3% Sémillon and 23.7% Sauvignon Blanc, harvested to 13th September. The pH ranges from 3.16 to 3.22 across lots.

Drinking Window 2018 - 2025

Score: 90Jane Anson, Decanter.com, April 2017

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