2016 la clarte de haut-brion, pessac-leognan
Why We're Buying
La Clarte de Haut-Brion, formerly known as Les Plantiers du Haut-Brion, shows the magic that the estate can work with white wine. The blend of sauvignon blanc and Sémillon provides vibrant acidity with a crisp, dry finish. At roughly $100 per bottle, it's an affordable way to invest in first-growth Bordeaux.
Very salty and fruity with lots of dried pineapple and lemon rind. Medium-to full-bodied, dense and long. White pepper, too.
Barrel Sample. The 76% of high-yield Sémillon in this wine is unusual from Domaine Clarence Dillon's top estates. The blend (with 24% Sauvignon Blanc) is drawn from the second wine vats of Haut-Brion and La Mission Haut-Brion. Concentrated and lightly perfumed, it is likely to age quickly. (RV)