Le Clarence de Haut Brion, Pessac Léognan
    Château Haut-Brion

    Le Clarence de Haut Brion, Pessac Léognan,



    Le Clarence de Haut Brion, Pessac Léognan, 2010

    Justerini & Brooks Tasting note
    Le Clarence de Haut Brion, Pessac Léognan, 2010

    52% Merlot, 36% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Cabernet Franc and 2% Petit Verdot cropped at 41 hl/ha. This is a step up on the Chapelle de La Mission. As with all the first growths there seems to be an obsession with making less grand vin and the immediate beneficiary is the second wine. We honestly believe that Forts de Latour, Carruades de Lafite, Petit Mouton, Pavillon Rouge and Clarence de Haut Brion are all the finest examples to date. Aromatically reserved, powerful, with hints of high toned berry fruits, stones and brooding spiced mulberries. This possesses huge extract and an abundance of pure silky fruit. A firm, muscular Clarence with wonderful grippy tannins, splendid structure and a dark chocolate finish.

    Stephen Tanzer, Vinous
    Good deep red-ruby. Herbal blackberry, licorice and gunflint on the nose. Slightly medicinal flavors of dark fruits and licorice show moderate fruit intensity but complex mineral, graphite and cedar elements. The moderately sweet, ripe finish is kept fresh by firm, ripe tannins and juicy acidity. Seems sweeter and sappier than when I tasted it at the Primeurs a couple years ago, but it's still one of the more austere Clarence de Haut-Brions in some time.
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    Château Haut-Brion

    Château Haut-Brion

    Haut Brion has arguably been the most consistent First Growth over the past thirty years. The property 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 presides. The other name synonymous with Haut Brion is that of 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).

    Situated upon two gravel croupes, this exceptional terroir in the suburbs of Bordeaux benefits from the heat of the surrounding buildings, which enables the vines to achieve perfect ripeness in even the most challenging vintages. Due to the extra warmth, harvest dates are usually amongst the earliest in Bordeaux. The vineyards 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 produces a second red wine, Clarence de Haut Brion, previously called Bahans de Haut Brion and a second white wine, Clarté de Haut Brion, previously named Plantiers de Haut Brion.

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