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A blend of 55% Sémillon and 45% Sauvignon Blanc, the 2021 La Clarté de Haut-Brion exhibits aromas of crisp nectarine, citrus oil, white flowers and freshly baked bread. Medium to full-bodied, lively and textural, it's beautifully balanced, concluding with a long, saline finish. It's worth serious consideration this year.
William Kelley, April 2022
The 2021 La Clarté de Haut-Brion Blanc has a fresh lime, pineapple and orange zest bouquet, well defined with moderate acidity. The palate is well balanced with fine acidity, taut and fresh, and quite harmonious toward the finish. Seductive white peachy notes linger on the aftertaste. Very fine.
Neal Martin, Vinous, May 2022
Pale, translucent hue. Intensely aromatic with citrus-grapefruit notes on the nose and palate. Generous fruit and supple texture with balancing acidity for freshness. Some persistence. Should drink well young but age a bit as well. (JL) 13.5%
Drink 2023 – 2032
Jancisrobinson.com, May 2022
The 2021 La Clarté de Haut-Brion will give readers a very good idea of how compelling the vintage is for white wines. The second wine of both La Mission and Haut Brion Blanc, La Clarté offers a beguiling bouquet redolent of lemon confit, orchard fruit, mint and white flowers. Bright and steely, but with an extra kick of mid-palate creaminess, La Clarté is absolutely gorgeous today. Antonio Galloni, Vinous, May 2022
2021 is not the year to stock up on 2nd labels of red wines, but the whites offer more consistency, and this is a great example. Has a clear intensity to it, with tension and grip, a slate-textured finish and fleshy but pared-back stone fruits. 45% new barrels, and lower alcohols than over the past few years, as with the whole Haut-Brion range. Harvest from September 3 to 13, with the team able to take their time because the acidity levels in the grapes weren’t dropping fast in the way they have in recent years, giving more leeway over when to pick.
Jane Anson, Inside Bordeaux, May 2022