A smooth and fruity Haut-Brion
In 2016, a vintage that had extreme weather conditions, the wine-growing team and the durability of the terroir helped create a magnificent vintage. The Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon and Petit Verdot grapes were harvested between September 19th and October 13th for Le Clarence from Haut-Brion red 2016.
Clarence from Haut-Brion red 2016 is a wine that has an intriguing red-garnet color. Immediately the nose is ripe and aromatically fresh. The fruit is easy to enjoy. On the palate, the attack is supple, broad and juicy. This Pessac-Leognan evolves with its tight and creamy texture. The tannins are classy and prominent at the same time, perfectly balanced. Clarence is very close to being their first wine! An obvious success.
Wine Advocate-Parker :
The 2016 Le Clarence de Haut-Brion is a blend of 51.3% Merlot, 13.1% Cabernet Franc, 33% Cabernet Sauvignon and 2.6% Petit Verdot. It has a little more fruité compared to the La Chapelle de la Mission Haut Brion, yet not quite the same mineral tension or complexity. The palate is medium-bodied with supple black fruit, a fine line of acidity and gentle grip, but I would be seeking a little more personality and depth towards the finish. That said, it does have commendable freshness, but my money would be on the La Chapelle this year.