La Clarte de Haut Brion Blanc 90 2013

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"This is really lively and dense with layers of dried fruits and crazy energetic acidity. Lemon, dried apples and lots of minerals. Excellent second wine of Haut-Brion and La Mission...94" JS 04/14 "A blend of 61% Semillon and 39% Sauvignon Blanc from the owners of Chateau Haut-Brion and La Mission Haut-Brion, this beautiful 2013 white wine offers up notes of delicate pineapple, caramelized citrus, honeysuckle and grapefruit. Medium-bodied, ripe and concentrated with good acidity, a fleshy mouthfeel and a long finish, it should drink well for a decade or more...90-92" WA 08/14 91 Points, Wine Enthusiast: A second wine made from Haut-Brion fruit and its sister, La Mission Haut-Brion, vineyards. It is a rounded wine, with tropical fruit and pineapple flavors, as well as tight, mineral acidity. 04/14

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Chateau Haut Brion:
Although by all accounts the vine has been rampant in these parts since at least Roman times, the earliest written mention that our archivist has discovered, citing a parcel of vines being cultivated at Haut-Brion dates back to only 1423. In the early days wines were known by the name of the parishes from whence they came. Later they became known as clarets. In the case of Haut-Brion, under t... Read more
Although by all accounts the vine has been rampant in these parts since at least Roman times, the earliest written mention that our archivist has discovered, citing a parcel of vines being cultivated at Haut-Brion dates back to only 1423. In the early days wines were known by the name of the parishes from whence they came. Later they became known as clarets. In the case of Haut-Brion, under the great stewardship of the Pontac family the wine's reputation was for years represented by the name of this enlightened and well respected family-- Pontac wine. Eventually as its renown grew, the name of the Estate came to replace that of its owners. The notion of a Great Growth was born! We find the first written mention of the wine in the Diaries of Samuel Pepys. While visiting the Royal Oak Tavern in London on April 10, 1663 Pepys wrote "There I drank a sort of French wine called Ho-Bryan (sic) which hath a good and most particular taste which I never before encountered....." Read less

Editorial Reviews for La Clarte de Haut Brion Blanc 90

Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065214,086
4.50 5
Vintage: 2007 06/20/2010

Black currants and smoked chilies on the nose with some toast, gravel and floral notes – fairly big and ripe in the mouth with a bright, precise feel, tannins are firm but very unobtrusive, excellent length and purity on the finish with long red fruit tones and slightly herbaceous/chili echoes (91-92)


Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065214,086
4.00 5
Vintage: 2005 05/05/2014

Smoky and a bit twiggy and stoney on the nose with red fruit and rust. This is curiously a touch sweet almost on entry the this turns firm and a bit mean for a moment before showing the ripe fruit of the nose again, vacillates between ripe fruit and fairly aggressive mineral notes, and while this is a touch lacking in substance it does promise to develop well if it gains some weight, which I expect it will. 89pts


Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065214,086
4.00 5
Vintage: 1985 02/11/2009

A soft nose with lots of band-aid and some camphor, lovely soft enry, well resolved and mouthfilling with just a touch of chewy soft tannin adding weight, good balance with rich red fruits, some menthol and tobacco on the moderately long finish, turns a bit dry and quite savory with air. A good choice for near term consumption.


Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065214,086
4.00 5
Vintage: 1971 09/22/2008

also with noticably great color but no "THE CELLAR" sticker here. The nose starts out weed and herbaceous and not very promising at all, then some cool cassis, herbs, leather, and before long wonderful notes of black tea and a well used briar pipe. The entry is cool and poised, rich and integrated with very little obvious structure, a bit astingent but this rounds out, a bit simple in the mouth but still fresh and the nose is enough to gie it a bit of a lift.


Member Reviews for La Clarte de Haut Brion Blanc 90

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Snooth User: Brian Hammond
799549198
3.50 5
Vintage: 2009 06/01/2012

Three and a half glasses


4.00 5
Vintage: 2007 12/21/2014

Four glasses


Snooth User: Rodolphe Boulanger
63471,856
4.00 5
Vintage: 2006 01/27/2009

Wood furniture and spice nose. Spice, orange peel on the palate. Light and elegant with great fruit. A top Pessac.


Snooth User: VegasOenophile
20275912,195
3.00 5
Vintage: 2006 01/30/2012

- WS Grand Tour 2011


Snooth User: Teppo
423118710
3.00 5
Vintage: 2006 04/18/2011

did we drink this too early?


Snooth User: Laguna city
5965984
3.00 5
Vintage: 2006 09/30/2010

Great wine


Snooth User: edub
151871330
3.00 5
Vintage: 2005 04/17/2009

Found this 2005 maked 50% off, gave it a try, Nice nose, big entry,grapey, with a taste of black fruit, smoke, appealing oak, and solid mid palate with mineral and more fruit, but a somewhat short finish. A very nice wine for under $20, but I wouldn't pay more than that.


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External Reviews for La Clarte de Haut Brion Blanc 90

External Review
Source: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
06/20/2014

This has one of the best finishes of all reds in Bordeaux in 2013. Full and balanced with medium density in the mid-palate but it lasts for minutes on the finish. Tobacco currant and spice character. Only 13.1% alcohol. James Suckling.


External Review
Source: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
06/20/2014

This white has more sauvignon blanc than normal: about two thirds instead of half. Full body with lots of fennel grapefruit apple and pineapple-skin character. Dense bright acidity. A round fruity white. James Suckling.


External Review
Source: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
06/20/2014

A firm and juicy wine with dried berry sweet tobacco and cedar character. Medium to full body with fine tannins and a pretty finish. Iodine. 64% cabernet sauvignon 34% merlot and 2% cabernet franc. Tiny production. James Suckling.


External Review
Source: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
06/20/2014

A blend of 65% Merlot 3% Cabernet Franc and 32% Cabernet Sauvignon picked between 24 September and 11 October Jean-Philippe Delmas told me that they finished on a Sunday since the risk of botrytis was so high. The pH is 3.58 with 13.25% alcohol. The first sample at the beginning of primeur was not showing well the second much better with blackberry bay leaf and a seaweed scents that becomes increasingly intense. Overall the aromatic profile is not powerful but quite elegant recalling some


External Review
Source: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
06/20/2014

This unfolds on your palate with a oyster raspberry and stone character. It slowly opens and builds. Chewy yet polished. Reserved LMHB. James Suckling.


External Review
Source: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
06/20/2014

The Haut Brion Blanc is a blend of 66% Sauvignon Blanc and 34% Semillon was picked two days earlier than the La Mission Haut-Brion Blanc. It has a mineral-driven bouquet perhaps more terroir-driven than the La Mission at this point in time. The palate is taut and fresh with crisp acidity impressive weight in the mouth and a genuine sense of tension towards the sherbet influenced finish. This ought to be divine after bottling. Tasted April 2014. Neal Martins Wine Journal.


External Review
Source: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
Vintage: 2012 05/16/2012

Offers the racy, taut edge of the vintage, but shows slightly better flesh than its La Chapelle counterpart. In the end, this offers a nice briary edge to its range of red and blue fruits, with a lively iron note on the finish. Tasted non-blind.-J.M. Wine Spectator. A Bordeaux Blend wine from Bordeaux in France. 2011 Le Clarence de Haut Brion 750ml


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"This is really lively and dense with layers of dried fruits and crazy energetic acidity. Lemon, dried apples and lots of minerals. Excellent second wine of Haut-Brion and La Mission...94" JS 04/14 "A blend of 61% Semillon and 39% Sauvignon Blanc from the owners of Chateau Haut-Brion and La Mission Haut-Brion, this beautiful 2013 white wine offers up notes of delicate pineapple, caramelized citrus, honeysuckle and grapefruit. Medium-bodied, ripe and concentrated with good acidity, a fleshy mouthfeel and a long finish, it should drink well for a decade or more...90-92" WA 08/14 91 Points, Wine Enthusiast: A second wine made from Haut-Brion fruit and its sister, La Mission Haut-Brion, vineyards. It is a rounded wine, with tropical fruit and pineapple flavors, as well as tight, mineral acidity. 04/14

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