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La Clarte de Haut Brion Blanc Pessac-Leognan 2011

Winemaker's Notes:

"Starts lean but opens quickly, turning the quinine, herb and lemon pulp notes into fuller flavors of white peach, shortbread and lightly toasted macadamia nut through the finish. Fills out with a hint of heather at the very end. Drink now through 2018." *-Wine Spectator (91 Points)*

External Reviews for La Clarte de Haut Brion Blanc Pessac-Leognan

External Review
Source: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
10/15/2014

The La Mission is a blend of 33.7% Merlot 11.3% Cabernet Franc and 55% Cabernet Sauvignon. The nose takes time to coalesce: very classic with ripe blackberry and briary fruit fine minerality a hint of black olive and crushed stone. The palate is medium-bodied with tensile tannins. This is an edgy La Mission with crisp acidity a silver citric thread dark broody brambly fruit and an almost angular but very fresh focused finish. I like the classicism of the 2011. Excellent. Neal Martins Wine Journal.


External Review
Source: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
10/15/2014

33.7% merlot 11.3% cabernet franc and 55% cabernet sauvignon. The vineyards of this famous neighbor of Haut-Brion are planted on gravel over chalk with an average vine-age of 20 years. Wine is aged in 100% new oak. The color is an inky purple red. This medium-weight effort has delicate and refreshing blue fruits and a soft texture along with ample minerality clay and wood smoke flavors and fine tannins. Pleasant finish but lacks stuffing at this age. A solid if backwards young La Mission. Enjoy 2016-2028. Cory Gowan.


External Review
Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
06/21/2014

The saturated ruby/purple-hued 2011 Haut-Bailly exhibits a glorious, subtle, noble set of aromatics consisting of red and black currants, sweet cherries, graphite, truffles and a faint hint of wood spice. The wine hits the palate with the profound elegance and purity that have become so much a characteristic under Wilmers and Sanders. Still youthful, with good acidity and freshness, this brilliant, medium-bodied 2011 needs another 4–5 years of bottle age, and should evolve effortlessly for 20–25 years.


External Review
Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
06/20/2014

Shows a grippy feel, with lots of briar, pastis and plum sauce notes rolled together and driving through the sappy finish. Well-embedded acidity pushes everything along, while a pure echo of fruit hangs through the finish. Should blossom with cellaring. Best from 2016 through 2028.


External Review
Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
06/20/2014

Packed with dense tannins and firm fruit, this is a big, powerful wine. It is initially austere, but with time it becomes more rounded, with layers of wood tannins and rich fruit.


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

Tightly wound, with a good chalky vibrancy and taut red currant, damson plum and bitter cherry notes that show ample length. Tasted non-blind.-J.M. Wine Spectator. A Bordeaux Blend wine from Bordeaux in France. 2011 Mission Haut Brion, La 6000ml


External Review
Source: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
05/17/2012

64% cabernet sauvignon, 30% merlot, and 6% cabernet franc aged for 16 months in 50-65% new barrels. Situated on a 30 hectare plot, its unique gravelly sand soils sit on fossil-rich subsoil. The 2011 vintage is a medium bright red. Soft, pure, and ver... Cory Gowan. A Bordeaux Blend wine from Bordeaux in France. 2011 Haut Bailly 6000ml


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"Starts lean but opens quickly, turning the quinine, herb and lemon pulp notes into fuller flavors of white peach, shortbread and lightly toasted macadamia nut through the finish. Fills out with a hint of heather at the very end. Drink now through 2018." *-Wine Spectator (91 Points)*

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