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  • Decanting time

    2h
  • When to drink

    now to 2030
  • Food Pairing

    Salads

The Story

La Clarté de Haut-Brion is a rare and exceptional white wine, as much due the very small scale of its production as to its composition.

It is effectively the offspring of Domaine Clarence Dillon's two prestigious white wines: Château Haut-Brion Blanc and Château La Mission Haut-Brion Blanc. This second-label white wine was given its new name beginning with the 2009 vintage.
Prior to this vintage, the second-label wine combining selected plots from both Château Haut-Brion Blanc and Château La Mission Haut-Brion Blanc was known as Les Plantiers du Haut-Brion.

This wine is the result of the blend of two second wines from our two estates. Even when still very young it will give wine lovers the opportunity to get to know the expression of the Semillon (which makes up most of the blend) in a dry white wine. Fruity and floral aromas impart great freshness and unique complexity to this wine, which is a fine introduction to its elders.

 

Fermentation in oak casks

Length of initial maturing period in oak casks: 9-12 months in 40-50% new wood
Average production: 1,000 to 1,200 cases

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Vintage 2012

The 2012 vintage was uneven from bud break, which was disturbed by a cool, wet month of April, to véraison (color change), which took place over a long period. Fortunately, the months of July and August 2012 were ideal: warm and dry.  This fine summer weather enabled us to do everything possible in the vineyard in order to make up for the poor spring weather.

For two months, our team worked meticulously to make ripening as homogeneous as possible, and removed any green grapes at véraison.The harvest for both red and white wines began under sunny skies.

2012 is a truly fine vintage for early-ripening terroirs such as ours.

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Origin

Pessac-Leognan, Bordeaux

Other wines from this producer

Château Haut-Brion

Château Haut-Brion Blanc

Le Clarence de Haut-Brion

Plantiers de Haut-Brion

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