The 2016 Le Clarence de Haut Brion is a tad more open on the nose compared to the La Chapelle de la Mission, offering red cherries, wild strawberry and just a touch of bergamot tea. The palate is well balanced, with fine-grained tannin framing the black fruit, exhibiting more grip than its La Mission counterpart and more complexity on the lightly spiced, persistent finish. Excellent.
Anticipated maturity: 2022-2038
Tasted blind. Sweet and fairly ripe. A bit austere on the end. But lots of fruit on the way there.
Anticipated maturity: 2028-2042