2010 Pessac-Leognan Chateau Haut-Brion 2nd Wine
Clarence de Haut-Brion is Chateau Haut-Brion Second Vin. The 2010 vintage is a blend of Merlot Noir, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, and Petit Verdot produced from the same vines as Chateau Haut-Brion wines.
This Pessac-Léognan presents a very bright violet-red colour. The nose is a bit reserved at first, yet reveals lovely complex aromas with the swirl: fresh red fruits mixed with warm scents: cocoa. The 2010 Clarence de Haut-Brion offers very sweet attack, followed by more pronounced tannic structure, and further refined tannins.
Wine Advocate-Parker :
The second wine of Haut-Brion is now called Le Clarence de Haut-Brion, and the 2010 is among the finest I have tasted there. It is a broad, powerful and more muscular wine than its cross-street rival, La Chapelle de la Mission, but all the same, it is wonderfully fresh and precise, with notes of blueberry and boysenberry as well as hints of smoke and wet stones. Endowed with gorgeous fruit, texture, purity and elegance, this relatively dense second wine demonstrates how draconian the selection process has become for the top estates in Bordeaux in recent years. The blend of this wine is 52% Merlot, 36% Cabernet Sauvignon and the rest mostly Cabernet Franc with just a touch of Petit Verdot. I would expect it to last at least 20 years, which is remarkable.