Le Clarence de Haut Brion Pessac Léognan 2009

Le Clarence de Haut Brion Pessac Léognan 2009

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The second wine, which used to be called Bahans Haut-Brion, is now Le Clarence Haut-Brion. The wine has a fabulous nose of incense, burning embers, forest floor, and black cherry liqueur. Fleshy, rich, full-bodied, but not over the top as the minerality and structure move in, this is a super-duper effort, and the greatest second wine made at Haut-Brion since the 1989 Bahans Haut -Brion. It should drink well for 20-25 years.
Wine Spectator
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This delivers the textbook profile of the appellation and vintage, with dense but mouthwatering tar, cassis, blackberry, bay leaf and dark cocoa notes all melded together and driving through the grippy finish. Approachable, but better with some time. Best from 2013 through 2023. 6,665 cases made.

James Molesworth, March 31, 2012
Wine Advocate
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The second wine, the 2009 Le Clarence de Haut-Brion, is almost as large a cuvee as the grand vin. This 7,000-case cuvee is a blend of 46% Merlot, 39% Cabernet Sauvignon and the rest small quantities of Petit Verdot and Cabernet Franc. Once again the burning ember/scorched earth characteristic that often comes from Haut-Brion is found in the second wine, along with more kirsch and cassis, fewer nuances and less complexity than its bigger sibling. The wine is full-bodied with the minerality offered by this terroir as well as plenty of sweet tannins. This is the finest second wine Haut-Brion has produced since the astonishing 1989 Bahans-Haut-Brion. Enjoy it over the next two decades.

Robert Parker, February 2012
Wine Enthusiast
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Barrel sample. A rich wine, with soft, juicy tannins, some spice, the tannins dry at the center. Good structure, touch of wood.

Roger Voss, March 10, 2011