La Clarence de Haut-Brion

Similar in style and elegance to its elder, the Château Haut-Brion red, this second wine brings together all the unique attributes of a fine wine, while reaching maturity more quickly. This wine has carried the name Château Bahans Haut-Brion since the first years of the twentieth century and was renamed Le Clarence de Haut-Brion beginning with the 2007 vintage, as a tribute to Clarence Dillon, who acquired the property in 1935.

Tasting notes

The color is close to a ruby red with tinges of violet.
The nose is rather discreet but swirled around it slowly reveals itself.
Its aromatic palette underlines its obvious provenance
from a great ‘terroir’ but, for the first time in ages;
the nose is as seductive as its alter ego, La Chapelle de La Mission.
In the mouth we have a confirmation of a “gourmand” Clarence.
Usually modest it now comes across with a full and rich mouth.
Starting with the 2007 vintage the second wine
of Château Haut-Brion has changed its name and packaging. 

The weather

Both winter and spring were characterized by mild and humid conditions. Never have the tractors worked more diligently to protect the vines and their fruit. An early removal of leaves was done from late June on the east side, as well as a carefully executed thinning of laterals and shoots to lighten the burden on the vines but also to distribute the remaining clusters for a better aeration, and a later, meticulous removal of further leaves so as not to damage the berries on the west side. Fair weather during the month of September permitted an unhurried harvest season involving the participation of 200 people to accomplish the crucial and exacting sorting process.

A few figures

  • Harvest dates

    From September 18th to October 5th 

  • Blend

    Merlot: 51%
    Cabernet Sauvignon: 34%
    Cabernet Franc: 15 %

  • New barrels

    31 %

  • Alcohol

    13 %

  • Bottling date

    From May 12th to 18th  2009