Chateau Bahans Haut-Brion 2005 is a refined and elegant wine that showcases the exceptional terroir of Pessac-Léognan. It has a deep ruby color with hints of garnet, indicating its maturity. On the nose, one is immediately struck by the complex bouquet of blackcurrant, tobacco, and leather, with subtle hints of cedar and earth. On the palate, the wine is full-bodied and well-structured, with a fine balance of tannins and acidity. The flavors of ripe black fruit, such as black cherry and blackberry, are complemented by notes of vanilla and spice. The finish is long and persistent, leaving a pleasant aftertaste of fruit and spice on the palate. This wine is a testament to the exceptional winemaking skills of Chateau Haut-Brion and is a perfect example of the elegance and finesse that can be achieved in Bordeaux. Chateau Bahans was renamed to Le Clarence de Haut-Brion in 2007 to better reflect its connection to Chateau Haut-Brion.
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."