2014 Clarte de Haut-Brion Blanc, Pessac-Léognan
Shows excellent depth and richness with sliced apple, apricot and pineapple character. Big and rich. Excellent. This is pretty amazing. 66% Sauvignon Blanc and 33% Sémillon.
The quinine, lemon chiffon and white asparagus notes are gliding together already, with a warm macadamia nut accent adding texture and weight to the finish. Still a little youthfully raw at the very end, but shows lovely concentration and length. Tasted non-blind. (JM)
The 2014 Le Clarte de Haut-Brion is unusually dense in this vintage, the result of a brief heat wave in July that concentrated the Sauvignon Blanc. The flavors are bright and nicely focused, but the 2014 is marked be a real sense of phenolic weight and intensity. Mint, white flowers, sage and lime add the final shades of dimension. The blend is 66% Sauvignon and 34% Sémillon. (AG)
Barrel Sample. This fruity wine is driven by lemon and orange zest notes on the nose and palate. It is so fresh, crisp and tightly wrought, with beautiful acidity and a crisp. lively finish. (RV)
66% Sauvignon Blanc, 34% Semillon (the high malic acids with Sauvignon this year meant that they chose to put more in the second rather than first wine). This is definitely high in Sauvignon character, get the more grassy edges of Sauvignon, its wild pyrazine character. Lovely persistency, and in fact some subtle stone fruits to slide into during the mid palate. This holds back for a beat on the first attack then gives plenty of enjoyment. Some juicy freshness in the finish, definitely one for lovers of a classic fresh style, but still with structure. (JA)
This always smells so Sémillon! Luxurious beeswax nose and then tight grapefruit-peel palate that is dominated by Sauvignon. Long and thrilling with great weight and tension. Lightly astringent at the moment. Very nervy despite such high alcohol that Jean-Philippe Delmas called it ‘our Condrieu’.
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The La Clarté de Haut-Brion 2014 is a blend of 66% Sauvignon Blanc and 34% Sémillon, Jean-Philippe Delmas mentioning that he blended more of the former, two weeks prior to my visit. It has a straightforward bouquet with crisp grapefruit and melon scents, the Sauvignon Blanc more expressive at the moment. The palate is sharp and citric on the entry with a keen line of acidity, touches of pear coming through toward the finish. Fine. (NM)