2015 Chateau Clarisse

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Château Clarisse is one of the most interesting discoveries from the Bordeaux 2015 En Primeur campaign for us at FINE+RARE; an esoteric and under the radar offering.


High quality and relatively undiscovered, this winery is owned by a pair of hoteliers: Olivia and Didier Le Calvez. Olivia is Secretary General of the Relais & Châteaux in France and created the boutique Hotel de Toiras on the Île de Ré, while Didier is the CEO at La Reserve group and has previously headed up Four Seasons George V and Le Bristol in Paris, the Plaza and the Pierre in New York, the Regent in Singapore and more in London, Courchevel, St Barts and Marrakech. The pair applies the same care and attention to their vines as they do to their guests.


The Le Calvez family make wines under the watchful eye of Bordeaux legend Stéphane Derenoncourt, the owner of Domaine l'A, who has worked at Pavie-Macquin, Canon-la-Gaffelière and La Mondotte and consults for Smith Haut Lafitte, Les Carmes Haut-Brion, Beauséjour-Duffau-Lagarrosse, Clos Fourtet and Domaine de Chevalier to name just a few. Derenoncourt worked long and hard with the pair to find the perfect site, which includes 65 year old vines; a real rarity in Bordeaux.


Their two wines, Château Clarisse (around 40,000 bottles made) and Château Clarisse Vieilles Vignes (only around 10,000 bottles made), are modern in style, impeccably balanced and full of flavour.


Château Clarisse 2015 at £165 per 12 in bond has been described as "silky sumptuous and wonderfully expressive" by Antonio Galloni, and Jancis Robinson said that this Puisseguin-Saint-Emilion is "better than many a St-Emilion", high praise in a vintage like 2015.


James Suckling called Château Clarisse Vieilles Vignes 2015 at £285 per 12 bottles in bond an "old vine wine that is truly a dream", a sentiment echoed by Jeff Leve who described it as a "daydream", while Wine Spectator were confident that "everything is there" in this, the Le Calvez's sixth vintage.


The critics have been divided over which wine they preferred. Jancis Robinson and Neal Martin have both stated a preference for Château Clarisse, while James Suckling and Jeff Leve have sided with Tim Atkin, who said "it's worth trading up to the old vine cuvée." But we can't choose between them, so we'll leave the final decision to you...

Chateau Clarisse Puisseguin-Saint-Emilion Bordeaux
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