Clarence Haut Brion
Pessac-Leognan, Bordeaux, France
The 2013 Le Clarence de Haut-Brion has retained that light but attractive black plum and strawberry-scented bouquet, not complex, but clean, pure and well defined. The palate is driven by that fleshy Merlot component at its core (57% of the blend), surrounded by meaty notes imparted by the Cabernet Franc. There is a touch of coarseness and austerity towards the finish, suggesting that another 1-2 years in bottle will do this deuxième vin of Haut-Brion no harm at all.