Le 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 wine is reddish-purple, with a depth of colour. The nose of this Clarence is quite powerful and opens up upon swirling: notes of red fruit, fresh and ripe, at the same time. On the first taste, it is precise, taut and characteristic of a truly great wine. Then the wine develops, it is pleasant and structured. The tannins are perceptible, but juicy, with no hardness. This Clarence is incredibly fresh and alluring.

The weather

The beginning of winter 2021 is rainy and enables water reserves in the soils to be replenished. From February, temperatures rise above seasonal averages and bring about an early start to the vine’s growth cycle. The first part of the month of April is marked by an incidence of frost, more widespread, but less severe than the one in the previous year. For the vines of Haut-Brion, the impact is minimal. In May, temperatures are warm and the vine’s growth continues. Conditions are good while flowering takes place and the water deficit is counterbalanced by rainfall in June. Three significant heat waves, at the end of June, in July and in August, mark the summer, com bined with an almost total lack of rain. However, despite the weather extremes during the summer, the grapes still reached optimal ripeness in early August, aided by a few timely rain showers that helped to complete the process. Harvests of white grapes begin in the sunshine, on August 17th, making this the second earliest harvest, after 2003. To protect the aroma precursors of the white grape varieties, harvests start early in the morning and the grapes are cooled down when they arrive at the vat house. The teams are doubled to gather the grapes more quickly (in one week, rather than the usual two) in order to pick them at their optimum. The Sauvignons are aromatic and the Sémillons especially delicate and elegant. The health and ripeness of the grapes collected are impeccable, with only a few berries needing to be sorted out. The harvest of red grapes begins on August 29th with the young vines, then the Merlots, in conditions that remain ideal. The range of aromas, flavours, as well as the analysis are superb and promise a magnificent vintage. These harvests remind us once again that we should not doubt the vine’s resilience, even during a year when conditions are extreme.

A few figures

  • Harvest dates

    Reds from August 29th to September 15th

  • Blend

    62.1% Merlot

    21.9% Cabernet Sauvignon

    14.5% Cabernet Franc

    1.5% Petit Verdot

  • New barrels


  • Alcohol

    14.4° (provisional)