2019 Chateau Haut-Brion 'Le Clarence de Haut-Brion' Pessac-Leognan Pre-Arrival
Winemaker Notes: Similar in style and elegance to its elder, the Château Haut Brion red, this harmonious and distinctive wine is an ode to the specific terroir of the Graves appellation, presenting a high-quality nose of tobacco and black fruit. Le Clarence brings together all the unique attributes of a fine wine, while reaching maturity more quickly.
The color is dark red; the nose intense and enticing, with bursts of red fruit. The wine starts out tight yet flavorful on the palate, then quickly reveals a dense and silky tannic structure. Fresh fruit dominates the finish, leaving a pleasant, ethereal impression. With its density and tannic structure, this wine is reminiscent of the 2006 vintage.
Blend: 72.8% Merlot, 16.3% Cabernet Franc, 10.9% Cabernet Sauvignon
James Suckling - "This is very beautiful with pure blackcurrant and rose-petal aromas, together with wet earth and black truffle, following through to a medium-to full-bodied palate with ultra-fine tannins that coat the mouth and deliver a fantastic impression. The complexity of flavor is so satisfying in the finish. Best after 2026."
Wine Enthusiast - "Made from 73% Merlot, this second wine of Château Haut-Brion is ripe, full, and generously structured. It is a second wine that has its own strong personality. Some serious tannins for texture and chocolate richness support the blackberry fruits. The wine will certainly age well and over a long period. Barrel Sample: 94-96"
Jeb Dunnuck - "The 2019 Le Clarence De Haut-Brion shows classic Pessac elegance in its beautiful bouquet of pure cassis and darker currant fruits as well as smoked tobacco, scorched earth, violets, and truffly earth. These carry to a medium to full-bodied, concentrated second wine that has notable structure, plenty of incredibly fine-grained tannins, and a great finish. It unquestionably shows classic Haut-Brion character and is a classy, balanced, elegant Pessac to drink over the coming 15-20 years. Best After 2022"
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate - "The 2019 Le Clarence de Haut-Brion is a blend of 72.8% Merlot, 16.3% Cabernet Sauvignon and 10.9% Cabernet Franc, harvested from the 10th of September to the 3rd of October. The estimated label alcohol degree is 15%. With a deep garnet-purple color, it springs from the glass with vivacious notes of crushed black and red plums, redcurrant jelly and wild blueberries plus suggestions of forest floor, lilacs, black olives and menthol. The medium to full-bodied palate practically quivers with energy, framed by firm, fine-grained tannins and bold freshness, finishing on a lingering aniseed note. Simply delicious! Barrel Sample: 92-94"
Decanter - "This is a pretty serious and structured Clarence, with firm tannins that give walls and form to the wine overall. Has depth and character to the black fruits, and is one where the Merlot character is almost masquerading as Cabernet Sauvignon. Great quality, with ageing potential and one that gives a real step towards the first wine. Barrel Sample: 93"
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