Chateau Haut Brion   Le Clarence de Haut Brion

2020 Le Clarence de Haut Brion

By Chateau Haut Brion

2020 Le Clarence de Haut Brion from Chateau Haut Brion, Pessac-Leognan, Bordeaux

The 2020 vintage of Le Clarence de Haut Brion from the venerable Chateau Haut Brion unfurls an entrancing narrative of Pessac-Leognan's resolve and finesse in a year that will be etched in viticultural annals. The transcendent character of this release is not incidental; it's the upshot of climatic twists necessitating sagacious vineyard stewardship.


Amidst Challenge, A Vintage of Character

Bordeaux's 2020 vintage was a tapestry of challenges: early bud break, summer droughts, and the need for precision timing during harvest. The astuteness of Chateau Haut Brion's team under such conditions speaks to their consummate expertise. And it's within this crucible that 2020 Le Clarence de Haut Brion was wrought, showcasing resilience and the enduring potential of astute wine investment.


Expression and Elegance

Decanting the 2020 Le Clarence reveals a complex bouquet brimming with blackcurrant and crushed gravel—tributes to a year where sun-drenched days were mitigated by the vineyard's unique terroir. On the palate, this wine presents a curated procession of ripe tannins and vibrant purity of fruit—signatures that are unequivocally Haut Brion—wrapped in an unyielding yet refined structure. Notably, the judicious use of oak in its élevage imparts whispers of vanilla and toast without subduing its charismatic fruit core.

The crescendo of this symphony is a lingering finish that resonates with a poised acidity, providing a clear signal that this vintage will gracefully evolve with cellar time. One encounters here an intricately woven fabric of nuance and strength—a metaphorical handshake between the best gifts of mother nature and human craft.

In summary, the 2020 Le Clarence de Haut Brion is an emblem of Pessac-Leognan's tenacity and prowess in Bordeaux’s tapestry—an investible marvel promising returns as rich as its flavour profile. This wine majestically captures the essence of its provenance with an aplomb that beguiles the investor as much as the collector—a testimony to the enduring legacy and foresight embedded within every bottle from Chateau Haut Brion.

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A blend of 60.1% Merlot, 31.7% Cabernet Sauvignon, 6.7% Cabernet Franc and 1.5% Petit Verdot, harvested from the 7th to the 29th of September, the 2020 Le Clarence de Haut-Brion has an estimated alcohol of 15.2%. Deep purple-black in color, it bursts from the glass with notions of baked black cherries, blackberry pie and plum preserves, leading to hints of ripe redcurrants, spice cake and smoked meats, plus a touch of hoisin. The big, rich, full-bodied palate is a full-on decadent mouthful, featuring lovely freshness to lift all that rich black fruit and a velvety texture, finishing long and spicy. A beautiful behemoth that is going to wow the hedonists!

Lisa Perrotti-Brown - The Wine Advocate, 20 May 2021

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