Le Clarence de Haut Brion, Pessac Léognan, 2018

  Château Haut-Brion

Le Clarence de Haut Brion, Pessac Léognan

By the time we arrived at Clarence de Haut Brion is was apparent that the Jean-Philippe Delmas and his team were on to something special with their range of 2018s. The Chapelle was mighty impressive and a first glimpse into the Clarence confirmed that this was another grand vin effort. Initially, this was more brooding than the Chapelle. With aeration wonderful aromas of mineral infused hedgerow fruit emerge. On the palate the fruit is more juicy and plump - this is surprisingly pretty with fine minerals, red cherry and salted red currants. This is packed with sweet, nervy fruit. It is intense, grippy, palate coating, saline and floral. We love the energy, vibrancy and tension - it is so mouth-watering and refreshing. A beautifully pitched Clarence. 58.2% Merlot, 9.7% Cabernet Sauvignon 28.5% Cabernet Franc and 3.6% Petit Verdot

Contains Sulphites.

About Château Haut-Brion

Haut Brion has arguably been the most consistent First Growth over the past twenty years. The exceptional terroir in the suburbs of Bordeaux has an uncanny knack of producing exquisitel wine whatever the weather throws at it. The estate can be traced back to the 14th century although the current owners can track their lineage back to 1935, when the American financier, Clarence Dillon bought the rather beleaguered estate. Now, Clarence Dillon’s great grandson, Prince Robert of Luxembourg manages the estate, however, much of the success enjoyed by this estate is down to the Delmas family. Three generations have made Haut Brion their life’s work, George (1921-1960), Jean Bernard (1960-2003) and Jean-Philippe (2003-to present).

The vineyards sit upon two gravel croupes and are planted with 45% Cabernet Sauvignon, 40% Merlot and 15% Cabernet Franc for the reds and Sauvignon Blanc and Semillon for the whites. Aside from the Grand vins, the estate produce a second wine, Clarence de Haut Brion, previously called Bahans de Haut Brion and Clarte de Haut Brion, previously called Plantiers de Haut Brion.

Appellation: Pessac-Léognan

The region has one first growth, Château Haut-Brion, whilst other renowned Chateaux currently doing well are La Mission-Haut-Brion, Pape-Clément, Smith-Haut-Lafitte and Haut-Bailly. Soils are gravely and well-drained and the plantations are similar in proportion to those of the Médoc, consisting mostly of Cabernet Sauvignon with some Merlot and Cabernet Franc. The region is also well known for its long-lived whites that can be varying blends of Sauvignon Blanc and Semillon oaked or unoaked. The most lauded are Domaine de Chevalier, Haut-Brion, Pape-Clement, De Fieuzal, and Laville-Haut-Brion.

Grape Blend: Merlot | Cab. Sauvignon | Cab. Franc | Petit Verdot

A less widely utilised combination of the six permitted Bordeaux grapes (Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Malbec, Petit Verdot & Carmenere)