About the domain
The prestigious Château Haut-Brion surprises by the number of first places it occupies in many situations. Created in 1553 by Jean de Pontac, Haut-Brion was the first wine of Bordeaux’s history to have the same name as the domain. At that time, the wines were sold anonymously. First chateau to practice techniques which are now unavoidable, such as racking or aging in oak barrels. Therefore, it will be the only classified Grand Cru in the Graves appellation in 1855, and is number 1 of course! There is no small vintage at Haut-Brion, owned by the Dillon family since 1935. In 1983, the Dillon family bought La Mission Haut-Brion, Haut-Brion's neighbour. It is always exciting to compare the different vntages of the property. In great vintages, it is perfectly able to age for several decades. Some vintages, such as the 1961 or 1989, show the incredible potential of Château Haut Brion, one of the greatest red wines in the world. The second wine of the chateau, formerly called Bahans, is now called Clarence de Haut-Brion.
About the cuvée
This is the domaine’s second white wine, so named until 2008 when, after this vintage, it became La Clarté de Haut-Brion. Only 1,200 cases of this wine are produced a year. It comes from vines belonging to Haut-Brion and La Mission Haut-Brion. Hand-picked Sauvignon and Sémillon grapes are fermented in French oak barriques before being raised for 9 moths to a year in oak (40 to 50% new). The expression of Sémillon is suave, elegant and profound. The acidity of the Sauvignon Blanc refreshes the otherwise rich aromatic palate. This is a wonderful example of a Pessac-Léognan cru classé that pairs well with white meat or fish.
酒莊: Chateau La Mission Haut-Brion
"This is the second label of both Haut Brion Blanc and Laville Haut Brion. A small amount of wine is made here from the younger vines of these two great properties. Sold at a fraction of the price, this gives very good value for money. Like the two Grand Vins, Plantiers has enjoyed a very good vintage in 2008 and this has a lovely, grapefruit and pineapple fruit character with good balancing, citric zing."
評分: 90 WS