Clarte de Haut Brion 2018

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Tasting Notes

The 2018 La Clarté de Haut-Brion, picked 27 August to 5 September, has a tight, backward, candle wax and brioche scented bouquet that needs some coaxing. The palate is well balanced with a slightly viscous opening. There is a pleasant saline note on the back palate although for me, it does not deliver the same precision as the previous vintage on the finish. Maybe that will develop with time?

Score: 86 - 88

Neal Martin, Maturity: 2020-2027 01 November 2019

A Sémillon-dominated blend that includes roughly 21% Sauvignon, the 2018 La Clarte de Haut-Brion Blanc offers perfumed lemon curd, tart apple, and spice aromas and flavors. Rounded, nicely textured, yet still fresh and vibrant on the palate, it has terrific purity, integrated acidity, and a clean, dry finish.

Score: 91 - 93

Jeb Dunnuck, 01 May 2019

The 2018 La Clarté de Haut-Brion is composed of 79.2% Sémillon and 20.8% Sauvignon Blanc, harvested August 27 to September 5. It comes bounding out of the glass with bold notions of warm pineapple, guava and peach juice plus hints of lanolin, honeysuckle, lime cordial and nutmeg. Medium to full-bodied with a lovely oily texture, it fills the mouth with exotic fruit, lifted by just enough freshness and culminating in a long, pineapple-laced finish.

Score: 90 - 92

Lisa Perrotti-Brown MW, Wine Advocate, 23 April 2019

A lovely, dense white with pretty phenolic tension and dried-apple and peach character. Medium to full body. Phenolics give this tension.

Score: 94 - 95

James Suckling, 11 April 2019

The 2018 La Clarté de Haut-Brion soft, creamy and inviting. Lemon confit, orchard fruit, dried herbs and flowers all meld together in the Clarté, the Sémillon based white that is essentially the second white wine of both La Mission Haut-Brion and Haut-Brion. Supple and easygoing with impeccable balance, the Clarté is a delicious white that will offer plenty of enjoyment right out of the gate. This is very nicely done. The blend is 79.2% Sémillon and 20.8% Sauvignon Blanc.

Score: 89 - 91

Antonio Galloni, 01 April 2019