2019 Le Clarence de Haut-Brion & La ChapelleThursday, June 11
The 2019 vintage of Haut-Brion's second wine, Le Clarence de Haut-Brion (known as Bahans Haut-Brion until 2007), scores 95-96 points from James Suckling. With 72.8% Merlot in the blend, this will be drinking in just 5 year time and will give almost as much enjoyment as the Grand Vin, but at a fraction of the price, at £575 IB per six bottles.
The second wine of La Mission, La Chapelle de la Mission Haut-Brion, is released with 92-94 points from Perotti-Brown and 94-95 points from Suckling. At £495 IB per dozen, this is an affordable and approachable way to drink from the Haut-Brion collection. Like Le Clarence, with a higher proportion of Merlot in 2019, it will be drink earlier, with Anson describing "charm, elegance and mouthwatering appeal" as well as "the elegance that you want from La Chapelle" (93 points).
Already in enormous demand, Haut-Brion and La Mission will be on strict allocation. We recommend taking full advantage of the brilliant winemaking on offer from the Haut-Brion family as a whole.
Offered En Primeur, landing Spring 2022.
2019 Le Clarence de Haut-Brion, Pessac-Leognan
(Second wine of Haut-Brion (known as Bahans Haut-Brion until 2007)
"The 2019 Le Clarence de Haut-Brion is a blend of 72.8% Merlot, 16.3% Cabernet Sauvignon and 10.9% Cabernet Franc, harvested from the 10th of September to the 3rd of October. The estimated label alcohol degree is 15%. With a deep garnet-purple color, it springs from the glass with vivacious notes of crushed black and red plums, redcurrant jelly and wild blueberries plus suggestions of forest floor, lilacs, black olives and menthol. The medium to full-bodied palate practically quivers with energy, framed by firm, fine-grained tannins and bold freshness, finishing on a lingering aniseed note. Simply delicious! 92-94 points". Lisa Perotti-Brown MW, RobertParker.com
"This has fascinating, smoky, bark, dried-meat and crushed-berry character. It’s full-bodied with crushed stone, tobacco and dried meat. Extremely long and flavorful. 95-96 points" jamessuckling.com
£575 IB per six bottles
2019 La Chapelle de la Mission Haut-Brion, Pessac-Leognan
“The 2019 La Chapelle de la Mission Haut-Brion is composed of 50.1% Merlot, 45.5% Cabernet Sauvignon and 4.4% Cabernet Franc, harvested from the 11th of September to the 2nd of October. The estimated label alcohol degree is 14.5%. Deep garnet-purple in color, it prances out of the glass with showy notes of crushed black cherries, warm blueberries and mulberries plus suggestions of cinnamon toast, aniseed, lilacs and dark chocolate. Medium to full-bodied, the palate is packed with poise and sophistication, offering a gentle earthy underpinning to all that black fruit, framed by fine-grained tannins and plenty of freshness, finishing long and spicy. 92-94 Points." Lisa Perrotti-Brown, Wine Advocate
“Intense but subtle, with high aromatics. Loaded with flavour and sap, extremely juicy, savoury but welcoming. Fruit-forward with a creamy texture, this has the elegance that you want from La Chapelle, the sappy fruit that you want to share, and is a great 2nd stepping stone to La Mission. Last year had less Merlot but it works here, giving charm, elegance and mouthwatering appeal. Harvest finished October 4. 27% of production. 93 points." Jane Anson, Decanter
“Delicious already with iodine, oyster shell, crushed stone and blackcurrants. Full body, round tannins and a juicy finish. 94-95 points." James Suckling
"The second wine of this great estate, the 2019 La Chapelle De La Mission Haut-Brion checks in as 50% Merlot, 46% Cabernet Sauvignon, and the rest Cabernet Franc. It's a brilliant second wine, offering loads of ripe blackcurrants and blueberry fruits intermixed with Asian spice, chocolate, and dried flowers. It packs some muscle as well and has a rounded, opulent texture, full body, ripe tannins, and a great finish. You'd be excused for thinking this was another estate grand bin. 94-96 points." Jeb Dunnuck, Jun 2020
£495 IB per dozen bottles
Offered en primeur, ex-chateau, due to land in the UK in Spring 2022. Priced in bond, excluding UK duty, VAT and onward delivery, payable at the prevailing rate on release from bond. Stock subject to availability, E&OE.