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Le Clarence de Haut-Brion

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2023
93
Flowers, red with black currants, smoke, cigar wrappers, and Indian spice create the aromatic profile. Medium-bodied, elegant, smoky, and loaded with tobacco, leafy herbs, juicy plums, and cherries, the wine is bright, long, and energetic, with a smoked herb, currant, and cigar oriented finish. This is definitely a baby Haut Brion that will drink well, quite early in life. The wine blends 55.5% Merlot, 40.9% Cabernet Sauvignon, and 3.6% Cabernet Franc. 14.2% ABV, 3.7 pH. Drink 2027-2045. 92-94 Pts.

Flowers, red with black currants, smoke, cigar wrappers, and Indian spice create the aromatic profile. Medium-bodied, elegant, smoky, and loaded with tobacco, leafy herbs, juicy plums, and cherries, the wine is bright, long, and energetic, with a smoked herb, currant, and cigar oriented finish. This is definitely a baby Haut Brion that will drink well, quite early in life. The wine blends 55.5% Merlot, 40.9% Cabernet Sauvignon, and 3.6% Cabernet Franc. 14.2% ABV, 3.7 pH. Drink 2027-2045. 92-94 Pts.

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2022
94
Cigar box, spice, burning herbs, black plums, and cherries create the nose. The wine is refined, silky and fresh, The fruits are ripe, sweet, lifted and have no problem expressing their essence on the mid-palate, and in the elegant finish, which delivers a plethora of spices and a touch of refreshing mints in the endnote. Enjoy this while waiting for the Grand Vin to develop. The wine blends 62% Merlot, 22% Cabernet Sauvignon, 14.5% Cabernet Franc and 1.5% Petit Verdot. 14.4% ABV, 3.9 pH. Drink 2025-2045. 93-95 Pts.

Cigar box, spice, burning herbs, black plums, and cherries create the nose. The wine is refined, silky and fresh, The fruits are ripe, sweet, lifted and have no problem expressing their essence on the mid-palate, and in the elegant finish, which delivers a plethora of spices and a touch of refreshing mints in the endnote. Enjoy this while waiting for the Grand Vin to develop. The wine blends 62% Merlot, 22% Cabernet Sauvignon, 14.5% Cabernet Franc and 1.5% Petit Verdot. 14.4% ABV, 3.9 pH. Drink 2025-2045. 93-95 Pts.

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2021
92
Black plums, smoke, espresso, cherries, flowers and cocoa fill the nose. Medium-bodied, soft, round, fresh, sweet and polished with chalky tannins, olives, peppery spices and leafy nuances in the finish. Enjoy this while waiting for the Grand Vin to develop. The wine blends 70% Merlot, 18% Cabernet Sauvignon and 12% Cabernet Franc. 13.6% ABV. Drink 2024-2036. 91-93

Black plums, smoke, espresso, cherries, flowers and cocoa fill the nose. Medium-bodied, soft, round, fresh, sweet and polished with chalky tannins, olives, peppery spices and leafy nuances in the finish. Enjoy this while waiting for the Grand Vin to develop. The wine blends 70% Merlot, 18% Cabernet Sauvignon and 12% Cabernet Franc. 13.6% ABV. Drink 2024-2036. 91-93

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2020
94
Flowers, cherry pipe tobacco, and wild cherries, and cigar wrapper nuances create the nose. On the palate, the wine is powerful, rich, and long with layers of lush, plush, opulent fruits. There is a touch of heat, but with so much fruit, the heat is lost in all those ripe, and very ripe red fruits. 15% ABV. Drink from 2025-2040.

Flowers, cherry pipe tobacco, and wild cherries, and cigar wrapper nuances create the nose. On the palate, the wine is powerful, rich, and long with layers of lush, plush, opulent fruits. There is a touch of heat, but with so much fruit, the heat is lost in all those ripe, and very ripe red fruits. 15% ABV. Drink from 2025-2040.

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Forest leaf, cigar box, herbs, flowers, cherry pipe tobacco, forest scents and spice nuances start off the perfume. On the palate the wine is juicy, silky, fresh and vibrant with layers of fresh, sweet, vibrant, polished red fruits that linger. Elegance is the keyword here. This is probably the finest vintage of Le Clarence de Haut Brion ever produced. It is a great example of a baby Haut Brion. Enjoy this for the next 10-15 years while waiting for the Grand Vin to develop. 94-96 Pts

Forest leaf, cigar box, herbs, flowers, cherry pipe tobacco, forest scents and spice nuances start off the perfume. On the palate the wine is juicy, silky, fresh and vibrant with layers of fresh, sweet, vibrant, polished red fruits that linger. Elegance is the keyword here. This is probably the finest vintage of Le Clarence de Haut Brion ever produced. It is a great example of a baby Haut Brion. Enjoy this for the next 10-15 years while waiting for the Grand Vin to develop. 94-96 Pts

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2019
94
Medium-bodied, elegant, fresh and filled with essences of smoked red fruits, savory herbs, cigar wrapper and plums. The palate delivers ample, dark red fruit, a dash of chocolate and black cherries shine through on the richly-textured, vivacious, backend. This is a solid example of a Jr. Haut-Brion for a fraction of the price of the Grand Vin. Drink from 2023-2037.

Medium-bodied, elegant, fresh and filled with essences of smoked red fruits, savory herbs, cigar wrapper and plums. The palate delivers ample, dark red fruit, a dash of chocolate and black cherries shine through on the richly-textured, vivacious, backend. This is a solid example of a Jr. Haut-Brion for a fraction of the price of the Grand Vin. Drink from 2023-2037.

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Refined, silky, elegant and with a distinctive, smoked, floral character, with hot bricks and sweet cherries to round out the nose, the wine is medium-bodied, elegant, soft and fresh. This is a nice snapshot providing you a look at the character of Haut Brion in this vintage. The wine is a blend of 73% Merlot, 16% Cabernet Franc and 11% Cabernet Franc, reaching 15% ABV. 92-94 Pts

Refined, silky, elegant and with a distinctive, smoked, floral character, with hot bricks and sweet cherries to round out the nose, the wine is medium-bodied, elegant, soft and fresh. This is a nice snapshot providing you a look at the character of Haut Brion in this vintage. The wine is a blend of 73% Merlot, 16% Cabernet Franc and 11% Cabernet Franc, reaching 15% ABV. 92-94 Pts

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2018
93
2018 is the gateway to Haut Brion as it clearly resembles the Grand Vin with all its complexities of tobacco leaf, spicy, red fruits and silky textures. Medium/full-bodied, elegant and forward, just a few years is all that's needed to make the most of all the sweet, ripe, earthy fruits and its soft, refined finish. The wine blends 51.3% Merlot, 33% Cabernet Sauvignon, 13.1% Cabernet Franc and 2.6% Petit Verdot.

2018 is the gateway to Haut Brion as it clearly resembles the Grand Vin with all its complexities of tobacco leaf, spicy, red fruits and silky textures. Medium/full-bodied, elegant and forward, just a few years is all that's needed to make the most of all the sweet, ripe, earthy fruits and its soft, refined finish. The wine blends 51.3% Merlot, 33% Cabernet Sauvignon, 13.1% Cabernet Franc and 2.6% Petit Verdot.

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It is not often that a second wine truly resembles its big brother or sister, but here it does. Delivering all the tobacco leaf, cigar box, red berries and smoke you\'re looking for in a Pessac Leognan, this is a seriously good wine. The wine was blended from 51.3% Merlot, 33% Cabernet Sauvignon, 13.1% Cabernet Franc and 2.6% Petit Verdot. 92-94 Pts

It is not often that a second wine truly resembles its big brother or sister, but here it does. Delivering all the tobacco leaf, cigar box, red berries and smoke you\'re looking for in a Pessac Leognan, this is a seriously good wine. The wine was blended from 51.3% Merlot, 33% Cabernet Sauvignon, 13.1% Cabernet Franc and 2.6% Petit Verdot. 92-94 Pts

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2017
93
Silky and polished, elegant and energetic, this delight easily delivers its smoky, medium-bodied, cassis essence and spicy character and should be enjoyable with just a few years of bottle age.

Silky and polished, elegant and energetic, this delight easily delivers its smoky, medium-bodied, cassis essence and spicy character and should be enjoyable with just a few years of bottle age.

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2016
93
Refined, poised, silky and fresh, the wine is already showing its smoky, earthy, stony fruits. Medium bodied and with a nice salty hit ot the tannins, give this 4-5 years in your cellar and enjoy it for the next 15 years after that..

Refined, poised, silky and fresh, the wine is already showing its smoky, earthy, stony fruits. Medium bodied and with a nice salty hit ot the tannins, give this 4-5 years in your cellar and enjoy it for the next 15 years after that..

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Elegant, finesse styled wine with layers of sweet, ripe, juicy, cassis, blackberry, espresso, spice, earth and tobacco. Fresh, clean, complex and long it's hard to believe this is the second wine! The wine was produced from blending 51.3% Merlot, 33% Cabernet Sauvignon, 13.1% Cabernet Franc and 2.6% Petit Verdot. The wine reached 13.6% ABV.

Elegant, finesse styled wine with layers of sweet, ripe, juicy, cassis, blackberry, espresso, spice, earth and tobacco. Fresh, clean, complex and long it's hard to believe this is the second wine! The wine was produced from blending 51.3% Merlot, 33% Cabernet Sauvignon, 13.1% Cabernet Franc and 2.6% Petit Verdot. The wine reached 13.6% ABV.

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2015
93
Elegant, polished, silky textured fruits, with length purity and complexity, coupled with the ability to age for a decade or more. The wine is on the ripe, red fruit side of the style range, with refinement and purity.

Elegant, polished, silky textured fruits, with length purity and complexity, coupled with the ability to age for a decade or more. The wine is on the ripe, red fruit side of the style range, with refinement and purity.

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Smoky blackberries, plums and dark cherries offer up a silky, lush, rich, ripe and supple textured pleasure. It's hard to believe a wine this good is only their second wine. Produced from 57% Merlot, 42% Cabernet Sauvignon and 1% Cabernet Franc, this wine hit 14.6% ABV with a pH of 3.73. 91 - 93 Pts

Smoky blackberries, plums and dark cherries offer up a silky, lush, rich, ripe and supple textured pleasure. It's hard to believe a wine this good is only their second wine. Produced from 57% Merlot, 42% Cabernet Sauvignon and 1% Cabernet Franc, this wine hit 14.6% ABV with a pH of 3.73. 91 - 93 Pts

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2014
89
Eau de forest, black raspberry and a note of thyme on the nose, this wine is medium-bodied wine is sweet, supple, fresh and serves up a pure cherry finish. The wine was produced from 80% Merlot, 16% Cabernet Sauvignon and 4% Cabernet Franc. 89-91 Pts

Eau de forest, black raspberry and a note of thyme on the nose, this wine is medium-bodied wine is sweet, supple, fresh and serves up a pure cherry finish. The wine was produced from 80% Merlot, 16% Cabernet Sauvignon and 4% Cabernet Franc. 89-91 Pts

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2013
89
Medium bodied, finesse styled Pessac Leognan with cassis, earth and tobacco in the forefront. Give this another year or two for just a bit more development and softness.

Medium bodied, finesse styled Pessac Leognan with cassis, earth and tobacco in the forefront. Give this another year or two for just a bit more development and softness.

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Medium bodied with fresh red berries and an open, spicy character, this wine will be best enjoyed on the young side. 87-89 Pts

Medium bodied with fresh red berries and an open, spicy character, this wine will be best enjoyed on the young side. 87-89 Pts

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2012
90
Nice polish to the fruit, length, medium bodied, with freshness and ripe fruits with a lot of charm. There is a hint of rusticity in the tannins that can be sensed in the end note.

Nice polish to the fruit, length, medium bodied, with freshness and ripe fruits with a lot of charm. There is a hint of rusticity in the tannins that can be sensed in the end note.

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With smoky red and dark berries, this wine has medium body with a short and sweet finish. 89-91 Pts

With smoky red and dark berries, this wine has medium body with a short and sweet finish. 89-91 Pts

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2011
89
Caramel overtones with tobacco and sweet cherry, leaves you with a soft, easy to drink, red berry dominated wine with a finesse character.

Caramel overtones with tobacco and sweet cherry, leaves you with a soft, easy to drink, red berry dominated wine with a finesse character.

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From an assemblage of 71.5% Merlot, 22.8% Cabernet Sauvignon, 4.5% Cabernet franc and 1.2% Petit Verdot, this wine features a kiss of oak with earth, smoky black cherry, spice and soft textures. This polished, easy-to-like Pessac Leognan has a red berry finish will drink well young. 88-90 Pts

From an assemblage of 71.5% Merlot, 22.8% Cabernet Sauvignon, 4.5% Cabernet franc and 1.2% Petit Verdot, this wine features a kiss of oak with earth, smoky black cherry, spice and soft textures. This polished, easy-to-like Pessac Leognan has a red berry finish will drink well young. 88-90 Pts

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2010
92
Cedar wood, forest, cassis and espresso scents open to a fleshy, soft, refined, concentrated wine with real personality that finishes with polished red berries, freshness and spice.

Cedar wood, forest, cassis and espresso scents open to a fleshy, soft, refined, concentrated wine with real personality that finishes with polished red berries, freshness and spice.

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Le Clarence de Haut Brion With 52% Merlot 36% Cabernet Sauvignon, 2% Petit Verdot in the blend, the wine opens with smoke, oak, boysenberry, cassis and earthy tones. Soft cassis, flavors and a long finish make this a strong, surprisingly fresh and ample effort for a second wine. 91-93 Pts

Le Clarence de Haut Brion With 52% Merlot 36% Cabernet Sauvignon, 2% Petit Verdot in the blend, the wine opens with smoke, oak, boysenberry, cassis and earthy tones. Soft cassis, flavors and a long finish make this a strong, surprisingly fresh and ample effort for a second wine. 91-93 Pts

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2009
91
Oak, smoke, earth and fresh, pure, blackberries offer real depth for a second wine. Rich, long, fresh and clean from start to finish.

Oak, smoke, earth and fresh, pure, blackberries offer real depth for a second wine. Rich, long, fresh and clean from start to finish.

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2008
90
08 Clarence Haut Brion is ruby colored and shows fresh black and bright red fruit on the nose. The wine has finesse and finishes with licorice tinted back fruit. 90-92 Pts

08 Clarence Haut Brion is ruby colored and shows fresh black and bright red fruit on the nose. The wine has finesse and finishes with licorice tinted back fruit. 90-92 Pts

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