This is very, very Haut-Brion. Perhaps this second wine is like the gran vin in 1995? Full body, with rich ripe tannins, with a silky texture. It is dense and powerful. Long and rich. Better in 2016. Best second wine of Haut-Brion ever? It has just about
The second wine, the 2009 Le Clarence de Haut-Brion, is almost as large a cuvee as the grand vin. This 7,000-case cuvee is a blend of 46% Merlot, 39% Cabernet Sauvignon and the rest small quantities of Petit Verdot and Cabernet Franc. Once again the burni
Violets and berries on the nose, with just a whiff of cream and vanilla. Full-bodied, with ultrafine tannins and gorgeous fruit. Caressing, silky finish. The renamed second wine of Haut-Brion (used to be Bahans).
89-91 Barrel sample. A rich wine, with soft, juicy tannins, some spice, the tannins dry at the center. Good structure, touch of wood.
Blackish crimson. Strange nose; not the freshest. Fermented blackcurrant pastilles? Lacks real freshness. Heavy.
This concentrated wine has intensely rich, layered flavours with polished tannins. Red plums, cedar, tobacco, blackberries. Though this second wine of Haut-Brion is meant for earlier drinking, the intensity and concentration achieved in this vintage with a long, lingering finish makes it a serious wine that will easily age for up to a decade. ~Jeannie Cho Lee tasted in 2010
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