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.

    Jane Anson, Inside Bordeaux
    Ruby violet in colour, and the angular tannins found during En Primeur have softened and sculpted over ageing. There is something thoroughly irresistable about this more classic style of the Haut-Brion stablen with black fruits that are fully ripe, bright and vibrant, but still with a feeling of solidity and depth. Even with higher levels of Merlot in the blend than usual, this is structured, and still-tight tannins that need a good three or four years before opening (which still makes it an early drinker within this universe of wines). 28% new oak, Jean-Philippe Delmas estate director.
    Date Reviewed:
    Drinking Window:
    2026 - 2038
    Lisa Perrotti-Brown, The Wine Independent
    Made from 70% Merlot, 18% Cabernet Sauvignon, and 12% Cabernet Franc, the 2021 Le Clarence de Haut-Brion is deep garnet-purple colored. It sings of ripe black and red plums, wild blueberries, and mossy tree bark, with touches of truffles and tilled soil. Medium-bodied, the palate has a harmonious frame of soft tannins and bags of freshness supporting the lively plum-inspired flavors, finishing with a peppery lift.
    Date Reviewed:
    Drinking Window:
    2025 - 2035
    Neal Martin, Vinous
    The 2021 Le Clarence de Haut-Brion has held on to the more floral, violet-tinged bouquet that puts it in front of the La Chapelle de la Mission at this stage—it’s just a little more enticing. The palate is medium-bodied with pliant tannins, fleshier than the La Chapelle with a caressing and delineated finish. It is an excellent Deuxième Vin that will give 12 to 15 years' drinking pleasure.
    Date Reviewed:
    Drinking Window:
    2026 - 2036


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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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