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

Dark red colour. Le Clarence has delicate black fruit aromas with smoky
overtones eminently characteristic of the wines of Haut-Brion.
The large percentage of Merlot makes this wine very unctuous and
delicate on the palate from the onset, evolving softly towards a very rich
tannic structure. The black cherry finish tightens up the
flavour profile and features a slight, very refreshing bitterness. 


The weather

One of the characteristics of 2011 was an extremely dry spring. Based on the measured rainfall in April, May and June this was the driest spring since 1949.Happily, summer brought some rain which allowed the vine to continue its growth. With a dry September, we were able to harvest in optimal conditions. 

A few figures

  • Harvest dates

    From August 31th to September 27th  

  • Blend

    Merlot: 71%
    Cabernet Sauvignon: 23%
    Cabernet Franc: 5 %
    Petit Verdot:  1%

  • New barrels


  • Alcohol

    13.5 %

  • Bottling date

    From June 7th to 11th 2013