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 first thing one notices about this wine is its understated nose.
However, each time it is swirled in the glass, it releases a new series of
aromas making for an altogether interesting and complex bouquet.
Although it seems somewhat austere on the palate at first,
with a very tight tannic texture, this wine opens up beautifully with aeration.
2009 Le Clarence de Haut-Brion may one day rival the legendary 1989 Château Bahans Haut-Brion.

The weather

The growing season began under a rainy sky in spring. Flowering was even and homogeneous thanks to warm temperatures and the absence of rain in late May/early June. July, August, and September were also very dry. In fact, 2009 was one of the driest vintages in recent years which meant that the grapes ripened perfectly. The harvest took place starting on the last day of August and lasted until the first week in October, under conditions that every winemaker dreams of, with the near total absence of precipitation. 

A few figures

  • Harvest dates

    From September 9th to October 6th   

  • Blend

    Merlot: 46%
    Cabernet Sauvignon: 39 %
    Cabernet Franc: 13 %
    Petit Verdot: 2%

  • New barrels

    23 %

  • Alcohol

    14 %  

  • Bottling date

    From July 5th to 7th 2011