2014 Le Clarence de Haut-Brion, Pessac-Léognan (Pre-Arrival)
Love the sweet-tobacco and floral aromas to this with currant fruit as well. Full-bodied, solid and tight. Chewy tannins. A racy second wine of Haut-Brion with lots of tone and tension.
The 2014 Le Clarence de Haut-Brion is a wine of real substance and intensity, especially for a second wine. Powerful, deep and beautifully resonant, the 2014 offers notable pedigree. The tannins are imposing, so readers should plan on cellaring this for at least a few years. Dark red cherry, pomegranate, sweet tobacco and cedar add closing nuance. This is impressive stuff. (AG)
Firm and structured, this is a dark still-young wine. With a strong tannic core, it is concentrated, the black fruits are firmly in the throes of the tannins. Give this impressively serious second wine of Haut-Brion time. (RV)
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The Le Clarence de Haut Brion 2014 is a blend of 80% Merlot, 16% Cabernet Sauvignon and 4% Cabernet Franc. (There was a lot of Merlot due to a lot of deselection from the Grand Vin.) It has an immediately engaging bouquet, perhaps better definition than the Chapelle de la Mission, a little more mineralité coming through with aeration. The palate is medium-bodied, cohesive, tighter and more linear than the La Chapelle with longer persistence on the finish. Excellent. (NM)
Shows a range of singed juniper, tobacco, game, steeped currant and crushed cherry aromas and flavors, yet remains silky and refined in feel through the alluring, incense-infused finish. Approachable, but there's no rush. (JM)