Red

2010 Le Clarence de Haut-Brion

Red Bordeaux Blend

  • France
  • Bordeaux
  • Graves
  • Pessac-Léognan
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Community Tasting Notes 24

  • Aberry126 Likes this wine:

    July 15, 2020 - Left open two hours prior to tasting:

    Intense dark plum color. Nose is still slightly hot, but is beginning to show leather, cassis, and cured meat. Hot on first taste and much brighter than expected. Very complex at first, yielding to leather, tobacco, and earth after about 30 seconds. Incredibly long finish with medium tannins and a dry mouthfeel.

    Four hours open:

    Nose is much less hot, wine has opened more. Salinity on the nose along with spicy salami, rosemary, and limestone. Still bright on first taste, but much less hot. Some tart cherry (this sounds ridiculous, but almost like a cherry Jolly Rancher) mellowing into ripe plum, medium-high tannins, with the same earthiness as before, almost chalky. Long finish, with lots of herbs and subtle earth. Very complex--could still open longer.

    Six hours open:

    Definitely approaching the right amount of time to open. Cassis and prune on the nose with the same spice and earthy tones. Everything smells much more balanced, no one aroma outdoing another. Same tasting notes, but the tannins are more pronounced.

    Out of curiosity I kept the wine open for 24 hours. It was still evolving even then, with jammier fruits, more textured mouthfeel, and subtler notes. Even that didn't quite bring the wine to where I think it will be in even five years time.

    Moral of the story... this wine needs time to age. Everything necessary for aging is there. It is holding onto something truly special that will come out over the next few decades. I can't give it a score now, knowing it can easily become a 99 later. I will eagerly wait to give it another try then!

    X/100

  • hermanlong wrote:

    March 23, 2019 - Plums blackberry jam ending with graphite peppery aroma on the nose. Nice acidity. Alcohol feels high but not sure of the %

  • NAS Likes this wine: 96 points

    December 23, 2018 - First impression upon opening; expansive nose, ripe dark fruits, and earth, then maraschino cherry, plum, finishing with tobacco and pencil lead. Lovely tannins, not overwhelming but clearly present.
    An hour and a half later, with filet mignon, seared potatoes, and sautéed mushrooms; the nose is still wonderful dark fruits, the palate hits notes of vanilla and cassis, while still keeping the lovely fruit from opening. The tannins seem stronger but still pleasant with the filet. Lovely length to the finish. Wonderful.

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  • MC2 Wines Likes this wine:

    October 20, 2018 - Wine Spectator newbies; 10/18/2018-10/20/2018 (Marriott Marquis): Had a rather different experience from the note before mine. This was I thought drinking quite well. More complex than I had expected for the second wine. Great balance between the fruit and the earth and just generally well structured. Still perhaps on the young side, but expressive (esp compared to some of the first wines that we had afterwards which had great stuffing, but were getting drunk much too young).

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  • stadler Does not like this wine:

    December 20, 2017 - Totally underperforming second wine of a great growth like Haut-Brion ! Tasted blind in a three-wine flight, and tasted by three other random tasters on the day, it did not have the great features of a complex slightly aged Bordeaux at all. No real complexity, even after hours of opening, the quality of tannins is consistent with that type of wine but the alcohol is slightly unbalanced, and the finish does not bring anything special except for bitterness and some blackcurrant notes. At somewhat €170 retail today, I would feel ripped off if I bought one for myself or for a relative! I suppose it has more to do with a fourth wine of Haut-Brion than a second...Other CT notes do not agree, but noone spotted any fault in that bottle on that day, so I still wonder.

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  • By Jancis Robinson, MW
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  • By John Gilman
    Mar/Apr 2011, Issue #32, The 2010 Bordeaux Vintage: Very Ripe, Very Tannic and With Just A Few Great Successes

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  • By Chris Kissack
    April 2011 (link) (17-18) points

    (Le Clarence de Haut-Brion (Pessac-Léognan)) This is the second wine of Haut-Brion. Merlot 56%, Cabernet Sauvignon 36%, Cabernet Franc 10%, Petit Verdot 2%. The alcohol here is 14.4%. Great concentration on the colour again, darker than La Chapelle, with a slightly more matt character at the rim. Rather more withdrawn on the nose, some dark plum fruit here, but certainly not as expressive as the La Chapelle. Lovely plum fruit, with a very linear and defined presence on the palate though, with evident structure underpinning everything here. The structure is really firm and grippy, the tannins really like dense rubbed velvet, really coating the mouth, and yet remaining peripheral, not taking over the wine despite the really very firm grip they have. It has a fine acid freshness too. Great promise here. This is a second wine that will need decades. Rather a lot of extraction here although it maintains energy. Also a little spice here in the finish.

Wine Definition

  • Vintage 2010
  • Type Red
  • Producer Le Clarence de Haut-Brion
  • Varietal Red Bordeaux Blend
  • Designation n/a
  • Vineyard n/a
  • Country France
  • Region Bordeaux
  • SubRegion Graves
  • Appellation Pessac-Léognan
  • UPC Code 3536650141000

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  • Pending Delivery 141 (10%)
  • In Cellars 1,034 (74%)
  • Consumed 221 (16%)

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