The 2017 La Clarté de Haut-Brion is a very pretty second wine to drink over the next handful of years. Citrus, orchard fruit and white flower notes all grace this weightless, crystalline second wine. A touch of reduction adds nuance without being excessive or overpowering. The 2017 is classy, polished and absolutely delicious. 2019 - 2025
|Score: 90||Antonio Galloni, vinous.com, March 2020|
The 2017 La Clarté de Haut-Brion has fresh lime, green apple and honeysuckle aromas. The palate is nicely balanced with a rounded entry, not amazing complexity. A touch of acacia honey towards the end just dips before the finish line. 2019-2022.
|Score: 87||Neal Martin, vinous.com, February 2020|
The 2017 La Clarté de Haut Brion was picked from 22 to 31 August. It has an attractive lime flower, fresh pear and white flower scented bouquet that opens with aeration. The palate is nicely defined with crisp acidity, quite tensile in the mouth with a slightly short finish that just tends to flesh out during the remainder of its barrel maturation. Drink 2019-2024.
|Score: 86/88||Neal Martin, vinous.com, May 2018|
Composed of 69.4% Sémillon and 30.6% Sauvignon Blanc, the 2017 La Clarté de Haut-Brion opens with very sprightly peaches and fresh lemon juice notes with nuances of honeysuckle and chalk dust. The palate is medium-bodied with vibrant citrus and stone fruit flavors, finishing long and chalky.
|Score: 90/92||Lisa Perrotti-Brown MW, Wine Advocate (236), April 2018|
Dense and layered with dried-citrus and lanolin aromas and flavors. Some lemon-grass undertones as well. Full body. Attractive texture and length. A little oily. Better after 2021.
|Score: 92||James Suckling, JamesSuckling.com, January 2020|
This shows beautiful density and layers for a baby white with cooked apples, pears and hints of yogurt. Full-bodied, fresh and bright.
|Score: 93/94||James Suckling, JamesSuckling.com, April 2018|
The 2017 La Clarté de Haut-Brion is bright, crisp and inviting, with plenty of citrus and white flower notes. Energetic and vibrant, the Clarté sizzles with crystalline brilliance. The blend is 69.4% Sémillon and 30.6% Sauvignon.
|Score: 89/91||Antonio Galloni, vinous.com, May 2018|
That lovely mealy spice of restrained but top-class oak. Zest and orange pith. Bright citrus. Deep, crisp and a little creamy. Deep and long.
|Score: 16.5||Julia Harding MW, JancisRobinson.com, April 2017|
The 2017 Clarté is made from 31% Sauvignon Blanc and 69% Semillon. Initially bright in citrus aromas, with grapefruit, zesty lemons and a little tangerine, the spice on the nose is subtle. On the palate this is citrusy and zesty with grapefruit and lemon peel on entry. The palate gains in waxy weight through the mid palate but this is compact, vibrant and approachable.
|Score: 15.5||Farr Vintners, April 2018|
The nose has depth of fruit the palate a rich mix of pineapple and tropical fruits. The mid richness is underpinned by lime and gooseberry crisp and fresh at the back with a hint of mineral on the finish. Drink 2019-2029.
|Score: 87/90||Derek Smedley MW, DerekSmedleyMW.co.uk, May 2018|
This is an exceptionally good Clarté, a second wine to buy this year if you possibly can, underlining just what exceptional whites have been produced at the Haut-Brion stable in 2017. It has lovely aromatics, with persistent flavours of exotic stone fruit, white flowers, soft rosemary and slatey minerality. It's generous without losing focus. Just 7% of production was put into Clarendelle. Harvested 22 to 31 August. 60% new oak.
Drinking Window 2019 - 2028
|Score: 93||Jane Anson, Decanter.com, April 2018|
Superbly bright and crunchy with a terrific burst of acidity and pineapple husk freshness. This is a lovely, immediately appealing wine with masses of herb and near-tropical excitement. It can barely contain its enthusiasm in the glass. It is like this wine has been given permission to go out and let its hair down from day one. Unlike the monastic calm of the Grands Vins, this is a happy-go-lucky Clarté and it this lust for life and zestiness really suits this style.
|Score: 17.5||Matthew Jukes, Matthew Jukes' Blog, April 2018|