Clarendelle Rouge 2012 (Haut Brion)
After proving so popular first time around, we have managed to eke out a further allocation of Clarendelle Rouge from the good folks at Haut Brion... as a reminder, Clarendelle Rouge is made by the very same team as Chateaux Haut Brion and La Mission Haut Brion, and includes the juice of declassified grapes from these two great estates! So we’re delighted to offer jeroboams of the stellar 2012 vintage, which, when we tasted it in the office a week or so ago, was hugely impressive and ready to drink but with the stuffing to improve further over 2-3 years and the potential to live happily for 5-10. As a reminder, 2012 was a fine vintage in Pessac-Leognan; indeed the Grand Vin Haut Brion was the highest-scored red in Parker’s in-bottle tastings, achieving a stunning 98 points, with La Mission coming in second place with 97 points.
“The most successful sectors in 2012 were Pomerol, Pessac Léognan and parts of St.-Emilion... [there are] some surprisingly big, rich, concentrated Pomerols, Pessacs and St. Emilions that are low in acidity, high in alcohol and loaded with flavor.” Robert Parker
A classic Pessac blend of 57% Merlot, 30% Cabernet Sauvignon and 13% Cabernet Franc, it is a juicy yet robust claret with seamless texture and plenty of those signature gravelly, warm earth and blackberry characters. As Parker himself says “When they first told me about this, I thought it was probably not the best idea in the world, but the quality of the wine speaks for itself. I think they have been right on the money with what they have achieved with this blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot and a little Cabernet Franc.”
Showing true class and pedigree, this is another steal to stack up and enjoy.
Bottled in beautiful 5 litre jeroboams, in individual wooden cases, and arriving at our cellars early December this year, these are ideal Christmas presents and party bottles for the months ahead. They are already drinking beautifully now, with an elegant balance of freshness, richness, ripe fruit, silky tannins, and a long, easy finish…
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Tasting Notes and Scores
On the nose this is immediately ‘Pessac’ with its lovely warm earth, clay, gravelly mineral nose ably supported by juicy blackberries and blackcurrants. It’s a classy nose for sure and shows the breeding of the estate and quality of winemaking on display. The palate is forward, juicy and supple with a good structure but plenty of soft glycerol richness. It’s dense with forest fruits and blackcurrant, with a good weight, freshness and an impressive finish. No doubt this is a lot of wine for the money.
This is the generic Bordeaux from the Domaine Clarence Dillon. When they first told me about this, I thought it was probably not the best idea in the world, but the quality of the wine speaks for itself. I think they have been right on the money with what they have achieved with this blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot and a little Cabernet Franc. Deep ruby/purple, with notes of Graves-like scorched earth, charcoal and blackcurrants, this wine is dense, medium-bodied, quite supple and rich. Despite its precociousness, it clearly has capacity, with this depth and structure, to age 7-10 years. Drink 2015-2025.
Robert Parker (Wine Advocate #218, Apr 2015)