Le Clarence de Haut-Brion 2015

Le Clarence de Haut-Brion 2015

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• Domaine: Château Haut-Brion
• A.O.C.: Pessac-Léognan, Bordeaux
• Classification: Second Wine, 1er Cru, Grand Cru Classé en 1855

Tasting Notes

"The 2015 Le Clarence de Haut-Brion is a blend of 57% Merlot, 1% Cabernet Franc and 42% Cabernet Sauvignon picked between 8 September and 5 October. Compared directly with the La Chapelle Mission Haut-Brion, I find that this does not quite possess the same delineation at the moment. This is broodier and more introspective in the glass. The palate is medium-bodied with grippy tannin, layers of dark berry fruit tinged with tobacco and cedar, gaining weight towards the finish that fans out with a sense of conviction. This should turn out to be an authoritative deuxième vin that will probably be consumed in its youth, but clearly possesses the substance to repay ageing. Those with wise heads will afford it 5-6 years in bottle." - Neal Martin, Robert Parker's Wine Advocate (4/27/2016, Issue 224),Ratings: 91-93, Drink: 2020-2040

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