Blend: 57% Merlot, 42% Cabernet Sauvignon, 1% Cabernet Franc. - Winemaker Notes
94 points - James Suckling
"Racy and refined second wine with polished and pretty tannins. Full body. Pretty."
Barrel Sample: 93-94
94 points - Wine Spectator
"Offers a warm, plush, inviting feel, with tar, melted licorice and cocoa notes rolling out first, followed by a swath of warm plum and blackberry reduction flavors. Shows an alluring thread through the finish. Needs a little time to unwind, but there's lots to like here. Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc. Best from 2022 through 2035."
93 points - Wine Enthusiast
"This is dense and concentrated, reflecting the character of Haut-Brion itself. It has weight, firm tannins and power alongside juicy black fruits and acidity that will give great pleasure as they develop. Drink from 2023."
91 points - Decanter
"More powerful than La Chapelle this year. 57% Merlot, 42% Cabernet Sauvignon, 1% Cabernet Franc. Excellent tannin structure and very good quality fruit of great length. Beautiful bright reflection of violet edging. One that is set to develop slowly. Barrel Sample."
91 points - Jeb Dunnuck
"Leading off the reds, the 2015 Le Clarence de Haut Brion is the second wine of the estate and is 57% Merlot, 42% Cabernet Sauvignon, and 1% Cabernet Franc. Like its big brother, it has a classic, straight profile, medium-bodied richness, and textbook Graves notes of tobacco leaf, cedary spice, currants, and plums. Balanced, nicely concentrated, and with fine tannin, it will be better in a few years and keep for a decade or more."