Le Clarte de Haut Brion, Pessac Léognan
    Château Haut-Brion

    Le Clarte de Haut Brion, Pessac Léognan,



    Le Clarte de Haut Brion, Pessac Léognan, 2020

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    Le Clarte de Haut Brion, Pessac Léognan, 2020
    Jane Anson, Inside Bordeaux
    Apricot pit, pineapple, lemongrass, dried apricots, this has the richness of the vintage but is well balanced with sage and white pepper notes, adding a touch of juice. Jean-Philippe Delmas' grandfather began managing the chateau in 1923, so 2022 marks 100 years of the Delmas family at Haut-Brion (just a few years longer than the Dillons). 38% new oak.
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    Lisa Perrotti-Brown, The Wine Independent
    The 2022 La Clarte de Haut-Brion is a blend of 53.7% Sauvignon Blanc and 46.3% Semillon aging in 38.2% new oak. It skips out with ready-to-go scents of fresh grapefruit, green mango, and white peaches, with underlying wafts of lime leaves and wet pebbles. The medium-bodied palate is lively and well-balanced, with plenty of citrusy flavors and a chalky finish.
    Date Reviewed:
    Neal Martin, Vinous
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    Château Haut-Brion

    Château Haut-Brion

    Haut Brion has arguably been the most consistent First Growth over the past thirty years. The property can be traced back to the 14th century although the current owners can track their lineage back to 1935, when the American financier, Clarence Dillon bought the rather beleaguered estate. Now, Clarence Dillon’s great grandson, Prince Robert of Luxembourg presides. The other name synonymous with Haut Brion is that of the Delmas family. Three generations have made Haut Brion their life’s work, George (1921-1960), Jean Bernard (1960-2003) and Jean-Philippe (2003-to present).

    Situated upon two gravel croupes, this exceptional terroir in the suburbs of Bordeaux benefits from the heat of the surrounding buildings, which enables the vines to achieve perfect ripeness in even the most challenging vintages. Due to the extra warmth, harvest dates are usually amongst the earliest in Bordeaux. The vineyards are planted with 45% Cabernet Sauvignon, 40% Merlot and 15% Cabernet Franc for the reds and Sauvignon Blanc and Semillon for the whites. Aside from the Grand vins, the estate produces a second red wine, Clarence de Haut Brion, previously called Bahans de Haut Brion and a second white wine, Clarté de Haut Brion, previously named Plantiers de Haut Brion.

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