Clarence Haut Brion 2018 has been released at €108 per bottle ex-negociant, up 5.9% on the release price of the 2017 (€102). It is being offered by the international trade at £1,260 per 12×75, an increase of 5.0% on the 2017 release of £1,200 per case in sterling terms.
James Suckling (94-95) said that “this is an excellent second wine from Haut-Brion with fantastic depth of fruit and structure.” Lisa Perrotti-Brown MW (The Wine Advocate, 92-94) also commented that “the palate is sparked with fantastic energy, featuring layers of red and black fruits with a smooth, rounded texture and lively minty kick to the finish”.
For Antonio Galloni (Vinous, 89-91), “the 2018 Le Clarence de Haut-Brion is soft and understated”. Galloni noted that the wine with “classy personality […] offers lovely freshness in a soft, fruity style that holds quite a bit of near-term appeal”.
With this price tag, today’s release is positioned above the past ten vintages available. Buyers might wish to consider the similarly priced 2005 (in those days called Bahans), which boasts 93 points from Robert Parker and offers bottle age.
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- Critic scores
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- The conversation on social media
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