An absolutely sensational second wine from Haut-Brion, the 2005 Bahans Haut-Brion displays all the smoke, gravel and chocolate notes along with ripe black fruits. Broad, savory, rich and lush, this is a sensational wine (now called Le Clarence) with gorgeous texture and length. Drink it over the next 10-15 years. Drink 2015 - 2030.
|Score: 93||Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (219), June 2015|
The second wine, the 2005 Bahans-Haut-Brion, is a fruit-forward, deliciously soft, round, stylish offering possessing hints of figs, plums, black currants, cherries, and minerals. Soft, with supple tannin, it is ideal for drinking over the next 12-15 years. By the way, in 2007, this cuvee’s name will be changed to Le Clarence de Haut-Brion
|Score: 89||Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (176), April 2008|
As usual, the 2005 Bahans-Haut-Brion mirrors its bigger brother, but is softer with more forward fruit as well as lighter tannin. Its aromas and flavors are similar to those of Haut-Brion. It should last a lot longer than its forwardness would suggest (the 1989 is still drinking beautifully), drinking well for 15 or more years.
|Score: 89/91||Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (170), April 2007|
The 2005 Bahans-Haut-Brion is a lighter, more accessible version of its more famous sibling. Dark ruby with smoky currant and sweet cherry aromas, this wine is already complex and generous in delivering fruit, glycerin, and silky tannin. Drink it over the next 10-12 years.
|Score: 90/92||Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (164), April 2006|
|Score: 92||James Suckling, WineSpectator.com, February 2008|
Aromas of blackberry, sweet tobacco and light cedar with just a hint of tar. Solid core of fruit here with big,silky tannins and a long, subtle yet flavourful finish. Very fine indeed. This is alreat on the level of a very good haut brion. Second wine. The chateau calls it the best since 1989.
|Score: 92/94||James Suckling, WineSpectator.com, March 2006|
Deep red-ruby. Sexy aromas of black raspberry, smoke and minerals. Fat, plush and seamless in the mouth, with a nicely restrained sweetness to the slowly mounting flavors of raspberry and smoke. The compelling ripeness and sweetness of fruit of the vintage come through loud and clear on the back end.
|Score: 91||Stephen Tanzer, International Wine Cellar, June 2008|
Dark cassis-edged fruit, sober but pure. Palate has some of the elegance of Haut-Brion. Sweet-centred with fine, velvety tannins. Long, fresh finish. Drink 2013-2025.
|Score: 17.5||James Lawther MW, Decanter Magazine, April 2006|
Tasted blind. Dark crimson. Round, sweet and ready on the nose. Pretty far along its evolution! VA a little high and just a bit too evolved for glory. But it’s fun to drink now.
|Score: 16.5||Jancis Robinson MW, JancisRobinson.com, March 2017|
Deep crimson with a definitely shocking pink rim. Light nose but very dense. Great sweetness on the front palate. Very mellifluous. More marked acidity than the Chapelle de la Mission; a little tougher and definitely different. More layers and stricter than the Chapelle. Should provide very appetising drinking. Very pure and persistent. Excellent. (Second wine of Ch Haut-Brion.) Drink 2013-24.
|Score: 17.5||Jancis Robinson MW, JancisRobinson.com, April 2006|