Le Clarence de Haut Brion 2010

Bordeaux
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£158.95 per bottle
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94 Points - Neal Martin

I enjoyed this wine from barrel and just after bottling. Under blind conditions it really shows its quality. It has a very attractive bouquet with notes of blackberry, cigar box, raspberry leaf and a touch of sandalwood - quite complex and nicely defined. The palate is medium-bodied with fine acidity. There is real density here, caressing in the mouth but full of vigour and breeding. Long and tender towards the finish, this is a lovely wine.

Taste & Aroma

Score:94

I enjoyed this wine from barrel and just after bottling. Under blind conditions it really shows its quality. It has a very attractive bouquet with notes of blackberry, cigar box, raspberry leaf and a touch of sandalwood - quite complex and nicely defined. The palate is medium-bodied with fine acidity. There is real density here, caressing in the mouth but full of vigour and breeding. Long and tender towards the finish, this is a lovely wine.

Neal Martin on Mar 1st, 2014

Producer

Château Haut Brion is situated in the suburbs of the city of Bordeaux, in the Pessac-Léognan commune. Rated as a First Growth, it has one of the smallest productions however this Château has a rich history even getting a mention in Samuel Pepys’ diary in 1663 "drank a sort of French wine called Ho Bryen that hath a good and most particular taste I never met with". After many years of unsuccessful owners and the Château falling into ruin, Château Haut Brion’s luck changed when it was bought by American financier, Clarence Dillon, in 1935. Today, his great-grandson Prince Robert of Luxembourg runs the estate with much of its success owing to the winemaking Delmas family, in particular George Delmas (former manager of Cos d'Estournel) who have passed on their knowledge and skills over the generations. The château’s second wine is Clarence de Haut-Brion. (Prior to 2007 it was called Bahans-Haut-Brion but the name changed in recognition of Clarence Dillon).

Château Haut Brion

Region

Bordeaux is not only the most famous wine producing region in France but in the world, with the most prestigious châteaux and wines in the industry. Its history dates back to the Roman times and today is the largest producing region of fine wines. Vineyards in Bordeaux are known by châteaux and therefore the name of each individual château is an important brand. 

Many top wines are sold ‘En Primeur’ meaning that they are sold in the barrel prior to bottling. Almost 90% of the wine produced in Bordeaux is red (called ‘Claret’ in the UK) from over 8,500 producers. The main reason for the success of the wine production in Bordeaux is the perfect combination of climate, with long hours of sunshine ideal for ripening the grapes and well-draining gravel soil. Appellations are an important part of the Bordeaux culture and the region has 54 appellations recognized by the AOC, the Appellation d’Origine Controlle.

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