Le Clarence de Haut Brion 2009-Wineseeker
$310.00

Le Clarence de Haut Brion 2009 Pessac-Léognan

The second wine of Ch. Haut-Brion shows the same seam of pure class in 2009 as the fantastic Grand Vin. Softer but riper with fabulous fruit, with beautiful hints of minerality. A blend of 46% Merlot, 39% Cabernet Sauvignon and small quantities of Petit Verdot and Cabernet Franc.

Region
  • France
  • France - Bordeaux
Style
  • Red Wine
Varietal
  • Merlot & Cabernet

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95 points James Suckling
This is very, very Haut-Brion. Perhaps this second wine is like the gran vin in 1995? Full body, with rich ripe tannins, with a silky texture. It is dense and powerful. Long and rich. Better in 2016. Best second wine of Haut-Brion ever? It has just about everything Haut-Brion has in an excellent year like this. Try in 2019. (2/2012)

92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The second wine, the 2009 Le Clarence de Haut-Brion, is almost as large a cuvee as the grand vin. This 7,000-case cuvee is a blend of 46% Merlot, 39% Cabernet Sauvignon and the rest small quantities of Petit Verdot and Cabernet Franc. Once again the burning ember/scorched earth characteristic that often comes from Haut-Brion is found in the second wine, along with more kirsch and cassis, fewer nuances and less complexity than its bigger sibling. The wine is full-bodied with the minerality offered by this terroir as well as plenty of sweet tannins. This is the finest second wine Haut-Brion has produced since the astonishing 1989 Bahans-Haut-Brion. Enjoy it over the next two decades. (2/2012)

90-92 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
(a blend of 46% merlot, 39% cabernet sauvignon, 13% cabernet franc and 2% petit verdot; 14% alcohol; pH 3.88; 77 IPT) Dark ruby-red. Reticent, brooding nose hints at red cherry, blackcurrant, violet, minerals and cedar. Extremely fine-grained and smooth, with harmonious acidity giving laser-like precision to the red fruit and mineral flavors. Completely devoid of any baby fat, this very pure, classic wine finishes firm, suave and long, with high-quality tannins. Though the '89 remains my favorite Clarence ever (the wine was called Bahans Haut-Brion back then), I think this is Haut-Brion's best-ever second wine. Along with Margaux's Pavillon Rouge, it's also one of the top second wines of the vintage, and better than the grand vin of many estates throughout the Bordeaux region. (6/2010)

92 points Wine Spectator
This delivers the textbook profile of the appellation and vintage, with dense but mouthwatering tar, cassis, blackberry, bay leaf and dark cocoa notes all melded together and driving through the grippy finish. Approachable, but better with some time. Best from 2013 through 2023. (3/2012)

89-91 points Wine Enthusiast
Barrel sample. A rich wine, with soft, juicy tannins, some spice, the tannins dry at the center. Good structure, touch of wood. (3/2011)

Reviews

95 points James Suckling
This is very, very Haut-Brion. Perhaps this second wine is like the gran vin in 1995? Full body, with rich ripe tannins, with a silky texture. It is dense and powerful. Long and rich. Better in 2016. Best second wine of Haut-Brion ever? It has just about everything Haut-Brion has in an excellent year like this. Try in 2019. (2/2012)

92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The second wine, the 2009 Le Clarence de Haut-Brion, is almost as large a cuvee as the grand vin. This 7,000-case cuvee is a blend of 46% Merlot, 39% Cabernet Sauvignon and the rest small quantities of Petit Verdot and Cabernet Franc. Once again the burning ember/scorched earth characteristic that often comes from Haut-Brion is found in the second wine, along with more kirsch and cassis, fewer nuances and less complexity than its bigger sibling. The wine is full-bodied with the minerality offered by this terroir as well as plenty of sweet tannins. This is the finest second wine Haut-Brion has produced since the astonishing 1989 Bahans-Haut-Brion. Enjoy it over the next two decades. (2/2012)

90-92 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
(a blend of 46% merlot, 39% cabernet sauvignon, 13% cabernet franc and 2% petit verdot; 14% alcohol; pH 3.88; 77 IPT) Dark ruby-red. Reticent, brooding nose hints at red cherry, blackcurrant, violet, minerals and cedar. Extremely fine-grained and smooth, with harmonious acidity giving laser-like precision to the red fruit and mineral flavors. Completely devoid of any baby fat, this very pure, classic wine finishes firm, suave and long, with high-quality tannins. Though the '89 remains my favorite Clarence ever (the wine was called Bahans Haut-Brion back then), I think this is Haut-Brion's best-ever second wine. Along with Margaux's Pavillon Rouge, it's also one of the top second wines of the vintage, and better than the grand vin of many estates throughout the Bordeaux region. (6/2010)

92 points Wine Spectator
This delivers the textbook profile of the appellation and vintage, with dense but mouthwatering tar, cassis, blackberry, bay leaf and dark cocoa notes all melded together and driving through the grippy finish. Approachable, but better with some time. Best from 2013 through 2023. (3/2012)

89-91 points Wine Enthusiast
Barrel sample. A rich wine, with soft, juicy tannins, some spice, the tannins dry at the center. Good structure, touch of wood. (3/2011)