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Clarence de Haut-Brion 2011 Pessac-Léognan

CLAR065
The second wine of the great Château Haut-Brion it was formerly known as Le Bahans du Château Haut-Brion. Renamed in 2007 it is widely regarded as one of Bordeaux great second wines.
Type:
Vintage:
2011
Size:
75cl
Main Grape:
Grape Mix:
46% Merlot, 39% Cabernet Sauvignon, 13% Cabernet Franc, 2% Petit Verdot
Genre:
Style:
N/A
ABV:
13.5%
Region:
Country:
France
Sub Region:
Pessac-Léognan
Body:
Rich, bold and robust
Drinking Window:
Drink from 2018 to 2030
Closure Type:
Cork
£110.00
 

Château Haut-Brion

The only one of the five first growths outside of the Médoc, Château Haut-Brion lies in the Pessac-Léognan region slightly further south, and is surrounded by the suburbs of Pessac. The urban, rather than rural location is somewhat rare for a property of this status (though research shows this results in higher temperatures, which aid vine growth) and accounts for its smaller size, though there are still 51 hectares under vine. Haut-Brion is one of the oldest wine estates in Bordeaux, and probably the first to make wine under its own name, with winemaking underway around 100 years before its first growth peers. It has really only been owned by four major families, each of which made its own impact and contributed to the property’s high repute.

Tasting Notes

From an assemblage of 71.5% Merlot, 22.8% Cabernet Sauvignon, 4.5% Cabernet franc and 1.2% Petit Verdot, this wine shows a little touch of oak with earth, smoky black cherry, spice and soft textures. A polished wine that is already drinking well.

Food Matches

Try this wine with beef stroganof with herby pasta.