Multiple Case Buy Alert!!! Baby Haut Brion, for $18 Baby!
Posted on: 07/25/18 12:01 PM
If there was ever an offer to speak for itself, this is it. The best vintage in years of a wine not only made by the team behind legendary Châteaux Haut Brion and La Mission Haut Brion, but including de-classified wine from both of those estates. As well as a 2014 rouge that I absolutely love, we also have the new release of their brilliant value white. For reference, Haut Brion’s top white is one of the finest and rarest in the entire world, with the 2014 currently selling for just a shade under $1000 per bottle.
Just to top it off, we’re offering this at a price so low that we are not allowed to publish online for fear that we’d damage sales everywhere else.
llegally cheap Bordeaux from Haut Brion? These are such obvious buys that it beggars belief.
2014 Clarendelle Rouge
“Love the aromas of plums and brambleberries. Medium body, soft and silky tannins and a fresh finish. Deliciously soft and fresh. A solid Bordeaux for the money. Drink now.” James Suckling
2016 Clarendelle Blanc
“The 2016 Clarendelle Blanc is a tasty white to drink now and over the next year or two, while the citrus and floral notes remain fresh. A dollop (10 percent) of Muscadelle adds midpalate weight and a lovely exotic flair. Best of all, the 2016 should be a terrific value.” Antonio Galloni,Vinous
More about the Wine:
When the team behind Haut Brion and La Mission Haut Brion make an entry level offering that includes de-classified wine that doesn’t quite make it into their top two wines respectively, it’s not a surprise that this is a wine with a serious following every year. The official line is that it’s made from purchased fruit, as they’re not allowed to publicly mention anything to do with Haut Brion’s vineyards without the wine going through some pretty serious regulation, particularly when it does also include outside fruit from their other estates like the prestigious and rare St Émilion, Quintus. However, for clarity when tasting the 2017s (a vintage where due to frost, a higher percentage of the vineyard than usual wouldn’t make the Grand Vin) I asked the winemakers what happened to the fruit that didn’t make it, and the answer was “same as usual – it goes to Clarendelle”.
This 2014 in particular is also my favourite vintage ever of Clarendelle. It’s not just that this is objectively their best since at least the 2010, but the 2014 is a perfect match for the wine. It’s a year whose hallmarks are freshness and elegance, and it means that this drinks perfectly straight off the bat, which is exactly what I want for this sort of wine. The 2010 on the other hand, while intended to be drinkable on release, I actually felt really needed a few years. The 2015 and 2016 will likely be the same, so I could not be more enthusiastic about the 2014 as a buy right now.
That’s not just theoretical either, I opened up a bottle of this at the store last week and encouraged the rest of the staff here to have a taste. I didn’t tell them what it was, or the price. The reaction was extraordinarily positive, and I honestly think a few people thought I was joking when I told them who made it and that we’d be selling it for $18. The same applies to the white, which is absolutely thrilling value- brilliantly fresh and zesty with a nice bit of texture too. Like the red, you couldn’t really ask for more at this price even regardless of its illustrious provenance.
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