Very similar in style and elegance to Château Haut-Brion red, this second wine is an ode to the specific terroir of the Graves appellation. With a harmonious, high-quality nose of tobacco and black fruit, Le Clarence de Haut-Brion – an average blend of 48% Cabernet Sauvignon, 27% Merlot and 25% Cabernet Franc – is an excellent introduction to Domaine Clarence Dillon red wines. The younger brother of Château Haut-Brion red possesses all the unique attributes of a high-quality wine that can be enjoyed sooner (we recommend waiting an average of five years before drinking the second wine, compared to ten years for the first wine). Le Clarence de Haut-Brion is a formidable first encounter before discovering Château Haut-Brion red wine.
Robert Parker – 93 Points
“An absolutely sensational second wine from Haut-Brion, the 2005 Bahans Haut-Brion displays all the smoke, gravel and chocolate notes along with ripe black fruits. Broad, savory, rich and lush, this is a sensational wine (now called Le Clarence) with gorgeous texture and length. Drink it over the next 10-15 years.”
Antonio Galloni – 93 Points
“The 2005 Bahans Haut-Brion is the second wine from Haut-Brion, known today as Le Clarence. A huge, virile red, the 2005 exudes intensity from start to finish. Black cherry, plum, smoke, tobacco, gravel and cured meats blast across the palate. The wine’s richness, heft and power are truly remarkable. Today, the 2005 comes across as shockingly young. This heady, exotic Pessac-Léognan has much to offer. It’s price naturally reflects its position as a second wine to a First Growth, yet the 2005 is a serious wine that has a ton to offer.”