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

Color purplish red and quite dense.
The nose is mature with traces of berries, both red and black.
On the palate the approach is of amazing freshness.
The structure though powerful does not overwhelm the evident aromas.
Surely, this second wine will surprise by its greatness!

The weather

A rainy and cool spring impeded vine growth and meant a late start for blossoms. In addition, a relatively cold and slightly moist August slowed the ripening of grapes. With the harvest period beginning about ten days after the date selected the previous year, 2008 was therefore a rather late vintage. In such a case, the behavior of the vine depends on the quality of the soil but also to a great extent on the winegrower’s expertise and the hours of labor expended by personnel in the vineyard, before the harvest. Those two conditions for success were present at our Estates, 2008 proved a very good year for the quality of our red wines.

A few figures

  • Harvest dates

    From September 24th to October 16th   

  • Blend

    Merlot: 45%
    Cabernet Sauvignon: 41%
    Cabernet Franc : 14 %

  • New barrels

    34 %

  • Alcohol

    14 %

  • Bottling date

    From June 7th to 15th 2010