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2018 Le Clarence de Haut-Brion, Pessac-Léognan (Pre-Arrival)

SKU #1421895 94-95 points James Suckling

Outer quote mark This is an excellent second wine from Haut-Brion with fantastic depth of fruit and structure. Full yet very energetic and a long, linear finish. Shows great length. Inner quote mark (4/2019)

93-95 points Jeb Dunnuck

Outer quote mark The second wine of Haut-Brion, made from 58.2% Merlot, 28.5% Cabernet Sauvignon, and the rest Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot, the 2018 Le Clarence De Haut-Brion sports a deeper purple color as well as rocking notes of blackcurrants, smoked tobacco, and earth. It's rich, medium to full-bodied, has beautiful tannins, and a great finish. It's already approachable but will keep for two decades. Inner quote mark (5/2019)

92-94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

Outer quote mark The 2018 Le Clarence de Haut-Brion is a blend of 58.2% Merlot, 28.5% Cabernet Sauvignon, 9.7% Cabernet Franc and 3.6% Petit-Verdot, harvested September 6 to October 2. Deep garnet-purple colored, it opens with a very serious nose of earthy layers—tilled soil, truffles, underbrush and crushed rocks—giving way to notions of Black Forest cake, kirsch and redcurrant jelly with wafts of cassis and pencil shavings. Full-bodied, the palate is sparked with fantastic energy, featuring layers of red and black fruits with a smooth, rounded texture and lively minty kick to the finish. (LPB) Inner quote mark (4/2019)

92 points Decanter

Outer quote mark The structure is more evident in Haut-Brion's Clarence than in La Mission's Chapelle - the former is not as luscious but has greater depth and the encircling walls that make this feel like the fruit is cosseted and will age well. It has a clear link to the grand vin. 3.6% Petit Verdot makes up the blend. A 44hl/ha yield, despite hail for just the third time in 30 years. 3.84pH. IPT68. (JA) Inner quote mark (4/2019)

90-92 points Vinous

Outer quote mark The 2018 Le Clarence de Haut-Brion does not quite possess the delineation of the La Chapelle de la Mission this year, yet still offers attractive blackberry, bilberry and incense aromas that gradually find their voice. The palate is medium-bodied with supple tannins. There is more depth and grip here than La Chapelle, clearly more weight towards the assertive and structured finish. This has very good potential. (NM) Inner quote mark (11/2019)

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