NEW RELEASE: Clarendelle Rouge 2014
The latest vintage of our favourite brilliant value claret is now available – just in time for your Christmas parties!
Clarendelle Rouge is a glorious drinker from the good folks at Haut Brion, made by the very same team as Chateaux Haut Brion and La Mission Haut Brion – and including the juice of declassified grapes from these two great estates. Their delicious 2014 has just been released and as Neal Martin said of the vintage “I regard 2014 as a “proper” vintage… in the sense that it achieves what one expects from top Bordeaux: the terroir expression, the freshness, structure and class.”
A classic Pessac blend of about two-thirds Merlot, with the remainder mainly Cabernet Sauvignon and a dollop of Cabernet Franc, the Clarendelle 2014 is a juicy yet robust claret with seamless texture and plenty of those signature gravelly, warm earth and blackberry characters. As no less than Robert Parker himself says of the Clarendelle project: “When they first told me about this, I thought it was probably not the best idea in the world, but the quality of the wine speaks for itself. I think they have been right on the money with what they have achieved with this blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot and a little Cabernet Franc.”
Showing true class and pedigree, this is a steal to stack up and enjoy.
We can also offer a handful of jeroboams of the delicious 2012 vintage, which, when we tasted it in the office recently, was impressive and ready to drink but with the stuffing to improve further over 2-3 years and the potential to live happily for 5-10. Bottled in fully 5-litre formats, and packed in individual wooden cases, these are ideal Christmas presents and party bottles for the months ahead.
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Tasting Notes and Scores
On the nose this is immediately ‘Pessac’ with its lovely warm earth, clay, gravelly mineral nose ably supported by juicy blackberries and blackcurrants. It’s a classy nose for sure and shows the breeding of the estate and quality of winemaking on display. The palate is forward, juicy and supple with a good structure but plenty of soft glycerol richness. It’s dense with forest fruits and blackcurrant, with a good weight, freshness and an impressive finish. No doubt this is a lot of wine for the money. - October 2018