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Le Clarence De Haut Brion 2016 (750ML)

$133.99
SKU:
CLARENHAB6B
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Vintage:
2016
Format:
750ML
Appellation:
Pessac Leognan
Region:
Left Bank
Stock Status:
Pre-Arrival

Critic Scores, Reviews & Descriptions

95 JD / 94 VM / 94 DE / 94 JS / 93 WA / 93 WS

The 2016 Le Clarence de Haut-Brion is another second wine that tastes more like a grand vin. Made from 51.3% Merlot, 33% Cabernet Sauvignon, and the rest Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot, it too is deeply colored and has a classic Haut Brion bouquet of minerals, crushed rocks, cassis, graphite, and violet. With medium to full-bodied richness, good concentration, building tannins, and impeccable balance, it’s more supple and sexy that it’s big brother yet still has the balance, structure, and depth to keep for two decades. It’s a stunning wine in its own right. - Jeb Dunnuck

The 2016 Le Clarence de Haut-Brion is an absolutely gorgeous, vivid wine endowed with tremendous aromatic intensity and stunning beauty. Gravel, tobacco, smoke and dark fruit all open up in the glass, but it is the wine's total sense of allure that is most captivating. The Clarence seems to have firmed up a bit following its bottling in June, but that is not at all a bad thing. Today, it is memorable. There is not much more I can add. - Antonio Galloni, Vinous Media

As with La Mission Haut-Brion and La Chapelle, there is a beautiful signature here running from grand vin to second wine, a clear indication of quality. This is a little more intense than La Chapelle, which was pretty and floral, showing a firmer side with cassis and blackberry. A gorgeous, confident wine. It's very hard to think of a vintage where things are so well constructed and yet so soft. Clarence de Haut-Brion represents 31% of production, from a blend of 51.3% Merlot, 33% Cabernet Sauvignon, 13.1% Cabernet Franc and 2.6% Petit Verdot aged in 33% new oak. - Jane Anson, Decanter

The wild-blackberry and smoky nose draws you into this excellent Pessac-Léognan that marries concentration and freshness beautifully, feeling deceptively light on the palate, thanks to its lively acidity. Long, cool and minerally finish. The second wine of Haut-Brion and a blend of 51.3 per cent merlot, 33 per cent cabernet sauvignon, 13.1 per cent cabernet franc, and 2.6 per cent petit verdot. Try in 2021. - James Suckling

Blended of 51.3% Merlot, 13.1% Cabernet Franc, 33% Cabernet Sauvignon and 2.6% Petit Verdot, the medium to deep garnet-purple colored 2016 Le Clarence de Haut-Brion features beautiful rose hip tea, fallen leaves and black olives scents over a core of redcurrant jelly, cassis and pencil shavings plus touches of menthol and pencil lead. Medium-bodied, the palate is finely crafted with delicate red and black fruits laced with loads of earthy accents, framed by grainy tannins and finishing on a lingering mineral note. - LPB, Wine Advocate

Still a touch tight, but there are alluring mesquite and tea nuances peeking out from the core of steeped plum and raspberry fruit flavors, while a solid iron spine drives the tobacco-infused finish. Offers juicy energy in reserve, with the fruit detail taking an encore at the very end, boding well for the cellar. Very refined. Best from 2022 through 2036. 6,800 cases made. - James Molesworth, Wine Spectator

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