Vintage Claret 2016
Our new Vintage Claret from the excellent 2016 vintage is now in stock. It is made by my good friend Jonathan Maltus, the first British winemaker awarded 100 points by Robert Parker. It is now approaching full maturity and is as good as it gets for everyday drinking Claret – and at only £11.95 a bottle is terrific value.
"It's the perfect house claret." - Jonathan Ray, The Spectator
The wine is selected, blended and bottled for us by Jonathan only in the very best years like 2016 (and 2015 before it) when the vineyards in Saint-Émilion and its neighbouring appellations meet his exacting standards. The blend is predominately merlot with rich and elegant soft fruit flavours that makes for superb everyday drinking now and over the next 3-4 years.
Tasting note: Deep crimson with a bouquet of rich berry fruits - a Jonathan Maltus hallmark. Remarkably approachable already with its high merlot content. Good concentration and a long finish - exactly what we look for in high quality everyday drinking Claret - it has it all.
IN THE PRESS
Due to the recent release of this wine, it has not had the opportunity to be reviewed by the critics. Here is a selection of assessments on the previous vintage:
"The 2015 Vintage Claret is From Vineyards Directs new house Claret and will only ever be produced in fine vintages. As you well know, 2015 was a spectacular vintage in Bordeaux and this is a little belter. Made by Jonathan Maltus he of Le Dôme and Château Teyssier, and famously the first Englishman to get a perfect 100/100 score from Robert Parker its full of ripe, juicy, bramble fruit and boasts a wonderful softness thanks to its luscious Merlot-dominant fruit." - Jonathan Ray, The Spectator
"From a very good vintage for Bordeaux, this Merlot-dominated blend is bright and perky, the bold and juicy fruit to the fore in a buoyant, youthful style. In the mouth, more of the same with rounded Merlot softness driving the picture, fairly straightforward stuff, but good balance and nicely quaffable stuff." - Tom Cannavan, wine-pages.com
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