Haut-Brion Blanc is as renowned as it is scarce, with only about 8,000 bottles available per vintage for a very demanding market. It is often regarded as the greatest white of Bordeaux, although Haut-Brion Blanc’s sibling, Laville Haut-Brion, sometimes equals and occasionally surpasses it. The white vineyards at Haut-Brion are planted to 63 percent Sémillon and 37 percent Sauvignon Blanc, a weighting that gives this wine its particularly plush combination of Sémillon-driven body and Sauvignon-influenced scent of musk. Haut-Brion Blanc ages beautifully.
White Bordeaux does not come much more layered and powerful than this. Strong oak roasted nut notes are evident on the nose but dissipate quickly on the palate. Taut yet shapely refreshing but rich. A large framed wine that manages to find harmony. Alongside exotic touches of stone fruit there are some wonderfully energising fruit characteristics of crystallised lemon rind, grapefruit and lime. Long, complex and very intense without being too weighty.
2014 was marked by an extraordinary Indian summer that saved the vintage. Fine spring weather was conducive to a good start to the growing season. However, challenging summer conditions seriously slowed down ripening. Fortunately, the month of September was absolutely beautiful, with dry, extremely sunny weather accompanied by highs of close to 30°C. This superb weather, with cool night-time temperatures, enabled the grapes to ripen beautifully, and they were able to be brought into the vat house having reached a perfect level of ripeness.
2014 Le Clarence de Haut-Brion
The bouquet features subtle floral and fruity hints with overtones of forest undergrowth. The wine starts out very silky, going on to show considerable roundness on the middle palate. The rich, dense tannin beautifully complements the wine's body and intense fruitiness.
80% Merlot, 4% Cabernet Franc, 16% Cabernet Sauvignon
2014 red Château Haut-Brion
The truly beautiful bouquet has notes of black fruit such as blackberry and blackcurrant along with empyreumatic overtones. The wine shows smooth, well-structured tannin on the palate, combining power and elegance from the beginning to the end.
50% Merlot, 11% Cabernet Franc, 39% Cabernet Sauvignon.
2014 La Clarté de Haut-Brion
The nose has appealing nuances of citrus, white fruit, and a discreet touch of oak. The wine starts out quite rich, going on to show freshness and crunchy fruit on the middle palate. The aftertaste confirms its exuberant fruitiness.
66% Sauvignon, 34% Sémillon.
2014 white Château Haut-Brion
The bouquet shows considerable finesse and elegance. The wine is very round on the palate, with impressive depth. The volume and concentration are beautifully complemented by fine acidity, and the aftertaste is fresh and hugely complex.
32% Sauvignon, 68% Sémillon.