Colour: Pale crystal-clear yellow
Aroma: The superb bouquet displays beautiful freshness thanks to Sauvignon Blanc grapes, which were particularly aromatic in 2016. The nose features attractive floral aromas (rose petal), as well as fruity nuances ranging from tropical fruit such as pineapple to white peach.
Palate: The rich, spicy Sémillon and Muscadelle grapes have contributed to making the blend both mineral and full-bodied. This well-balanced wine has a fresh menthol aftertaste. This 2016 white Clarendelle is delightfully mineral and fruity!
Grape Varieties: 47% Sémillon, 42% Sauvignon Blanc, 11% Muscadelle
Awards: 90pts – James Suckling
History of Château Haut-Brion
Château Haut-Brion is the oldest of Bordeaux’s five first growths, and one of the most famous wines in the world. Located in Pessac-Léognan, south of the city of Bordeaux, the château is rather far removed from its counterparts, all of which are found in the Médoc.The Haut-Brion cuvée tends to have more Merlot than the wines from the Medoc, with Cabernet Sauvignon in more of a supporting role. As such, Haut-Brion is more rounded and softer than other Left Bank wines. The château describes the wine as having an empyreumatic bouquet.
The vineyard is planted to 40% Cabernet Sauvignon, 37% Merlot and 18% Cabernet Franc. A stunning white wine is also made, from a part of the vineyard which is 63% Semillon and 37% Sauvignon Blanc. Production is smaller than at the other First Growth Wines, totalling about 20,000 cases, shared between the Grand Vin and a second wine, formerly called Bahans-Haut-Brion but changed in 2007 to Clarence de Haut-Brion in recognition of Clarence Dillon.
Production of Haut Brion Blanc is minute, less than 800 cases in most years. Beginning with the 2009 vintage a new white wine was introduced in the place of Clarence: La Clarté de Haut-Brion, the offspring of Domaine Clarence Dillon’s two prestigious white wines: Château Haut-Brion Blanc and Château La Mission Haut-Brion Blanc.