2020 Le Clarence de Haut Brion Bordeaux Blend

Bordeaux Blend - 750ML
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JS 97 JL 96 WE 95 JD 94 DC 93 JA 93 WA 92 VN 91
JS 97

jamessuckling.com, May 2021

(96-97 points) Very plush and tannic with full body and lots of structure and intensity. Top second wine. Very solid and quite muscular with fine tannins and texture.
JL 96

TheWineCellarInsider.com, May 2021

(94-96 points) Forest leaf, cigar box, herbs, flowers, cherry pipe tobacco, forest scents and spice nuances start off the perfume. On the palate the wine is juicy, silky, fresh and vibrant with layers of fresh, sweet...
WE 95

Wine Enthusiast, June 2021

(WE 93–95 points) This year, the second wine of Haut-Brion brings out much of the initial austerity of its senior sibling. It has tannins and fruits that are centered around the wine's structure. Expect this wine to age...
JD 94

jebdunnuck.com, March 2023

(94+ points) Leading off the reds, the 2020 Le Clarence De Haut-Brion is a darker, more structured version of this cuvée that has lots of ripe blackcurrant fruit, notes of scorched earth, tobacco, cedar, and lead pencil...
DC 93

Decanter, January 2023

Dark fruits on the nose, plum and blackcurrant with a gentle fragrance. Nice body and weight in the mouth, round and juicy, plump and alive with lovely energy and focus. Tannins are fine and do well to give quite a wide...
JA 93

janeanson.com, December 2022

Concentrated spice notes, seductive texture of slate and satin, with aromatics of incense, rosemary, cut herbs. These are big tannins that are fully ripe, cradling the blackberry fruit and christmas pudding spice. A...
WA 92

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, April 2023

The 2020 Le Clarence de Haut-Brion exhibits attractive aromas of dark berries, rose petals, cigar wrapper and burning embers, followed by a medium to full-bodied, fleshy and layered palate that's rich, seamless and...
VN 91

Vinous, February 2023

The 2020 Le Clarence de Haut-Brion is quite flamboyant on the nose with black plum, boysenberry and sous-bois scents, just a touch of pitted black olive. The palate is medium-bodied with supple tannins, fleshy, with more...


Color & Type Red
Varietal Bordeaux Blend
Country France
Region Bordeaux
Sub-region Pessac Leognan
Vintage 2020
Size 750ML
Percent alcohol 15%
Closure Cork

The 2020 Le Clarence de Haut Brion is a remarkable Bordeaux Blend that showcases the excellence of the Pessac Leognan region in Bordeaux, France. With an enticing deep red color, this wine exudes elegance and sophistication.

On the nose, the aromas are nothing short of captivating. Dark berries, rose petals, and hints of cigar wrapper create a mesmerizing bouquet. The addition of burning embers adds a touch of intrigue and complexity.

Upon the first sip, the medium to full-bodied palate reveals a fleshy and layered texture that is both rich and seamless. The wine envelopes the senses with its open and expressive profile. The finish is long and subtly infused with kirsch flavors, leaving a lasting impression.

Renowned wine critic William Kelley from Robert Parker's Wine Advocate awarded this wine a score of 92, praising its attractive aromas and fleshy palate. Jeff Leve from TheWineCellarInsider.com awarded it an impressive score of 96, describing it as the finest vintage of Le Clarence de Haut Brion ever produced. He highlighted its juicy, silky, and vibrant characteristics, with layers of fresh, sweet, and polished red fruits.

James Suckling, another respected wine critic, awarded this wine a score of 97, hailing it as a top second wine. He praised its plush and tannic nature, full body, and muscular structure. Decanter also awarded it a score of 93, commending its dark fruits, round and juicy mouthfeel, and lovely energy and focus.

With scores ranging from 91 to 96, the 2020 Le Clarence de Haut Brion has received consistent high praise from esteemed critics. It is a wine that exemplifies balance, purity, and intensity. While enjoyable now, it has the potential to age gracefully for the next 10-15 years, allowing its flavors to further develop and evolve.

In conclusion, the 2020 Le Clarence de Haut Brion is a wine that demands attention and admiration. Its exceptional qualities and accolades make it a must-have for any wine enthusiast seeking the best that Bordeaux has to offer.