This Clarendelle Pessac-Leognan Reserve draws its inspiration from the quality, elegance and harmony of the wines produced by Domaine Clarence Dillon. It is especially well balanced and reflects the excellence and tradition of its heritage. Thanks to a skilful blend of four traditional Bordeaux grape varietals, Clarendelle Pessac-Leognan is a wine of character with a subtle structure.


2016 was a year full of contrasts, marked by a wet winter and spring followed by several months of dry, sunny weather during summer.
Grape ripening continued thanks to a brief rainy spell in mid-September. An Indian summer then set in, with a particularly dry month of October. Cool nights combined with warm days during the harvest were conducive to perfectly ripe grapes. The harvest was thus exceptional and the crop wonderfully abundant.
The resulting wines are incredibly smooth and deeply-coloured, with very round tannins balanced out by good acidity and fruity notes. 2016 was a paradoxical year, producing an excellent wine reminiscent of the greatest vintages.


Tastings notes

The nose is reminiscent of its appellation, displaying notes of red fruit, blackcurrant, liquorice, black cherry and toast. Fine hints of forest floor also come to the fore.
Starts out smooth, elegant and rich on the palate with plenty of freshness. The smooth, silky texture is underpinned by beautiful acidity and firm, finely-grained tannin. Fruity flavours fill out beautifully on the palate, accompanied by toasty overtones and hints of vanilla. A superbly well-balanced wine, paving the way for a deliciously long and fruity finish.


Alcohol by volume


Grapes varieties

49 % Cabernet Sauvignon
31 % Cabernet Franc
20 % Merlot


In 2008, the wet and cool spring slowed the evolution of the vine and resulted in a late start for flowering. July was dry and relatively sunny, which allowed a perfect veraison. The rather cool and damp weather in August slowed down the ripening. This was a true «winegrower’s vintage», where painstaking care of the vines made all the difference in ensuring proper development of the grapes.
The Indian summer started in mid-September and continued throughout the harvest, ensuring that the grapes reached full maturity. This was particularly the case for the latest-ripening grape varietals.


Tastings notes

2008 red Clarendelle Pessac-Léognan is a fine, classic wine, with a dense, rich character and good structure.
The colour is intense. The complex red and black fruit bouquet is rich and fresh. The palate features hints of spice and minerals. The overall impression is full-bodied and luscious, with velvety tannins. The aftertaste is long, aromatic, and promising. James Suckling (90pts): «Berry and dark chocolate character, medium body and a dense center palate. Ripe tannins. A Bordeaux blend from the owners of Haut-Brion.Try after 2011.»


Serving suggestions

Ideal temperature: 18-20°C
We advise opening and decanting red Clarendelle one hour before serving.


Alcohol by volume


Grapes varieties

49 % Merlot

17 % Cabernet Franc

32 % Cabernet Sauvignon

 2 % Petit Verdot

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