Vintage Claret 2016
Our Vintage Claret from the great 2016 vintage, is now approaching its peak. It is in a word delicious and as good as it gets for everyday drinking claret. My notes read rich, succulent merlot-driven fruit with that distinctive limestone minerality, perfect with game, all meats and Stilton cheese (Cropwell Bishop or Colston Basset are the best) too good to be everyday drinking claret.
Whilst we have good stocks here in the UK, there is not much left in Bordeaux of this vintage so my rather obvious recommendation fill your boots!
Watch a short clip of me and my friend Jonathan below (winemaker of Vintage Claret) tasting our 2016 vintage last month in Bordeaux.
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.
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