2012 Château Haut-Brion La Clarté de Haut-Brion Pessac-Léognan white
In 1584, Jean de Pontac, the lord of Haut-Brion, donated several hectares of meadows and vineyards to the Carmelite Order. This donation led to the members of the congregation caring for the land for nearly two centuries in devotion to both their faith and wine production.
In 1840, the estate was bought by the Léon Colin family after it had been confiscated during the French Revolution. Their descendants, the Chantecailles, put years of work into enhancing the property, adding a chateau and landscaped grounds, before selling it to Patrice Pichet in 2010. From one family to another, these limited changes of ownership have helped preserve the spirit and magic of the place.
Today, the Carmes Haut-Brion estate is the protagonist of an ideal setting. The ponds and canopies of the landscaped grounds are in dialogue with the vineyard plots: here nature converses in harmony amidst a beautifully preserved ecosystem. The urban climate comes into harmony with the running waters of the Peugue River and provides the softest support for the vines.
Composed of 42% Sauvignon Blanc and 58% Sémillon this exceptional 2012 vintage reveals the brilliance of a Graves white wine worthy of the finest vintages. The complexity and elegance of the aromatic bouquet impress the nose with fruity notes of baked apple, pear, fresh apricots, and soft pineapple aromas. On the palate, it displays Château Haut-Brion's signature minerality and tropicality in perfect union.