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Vintage Claret 2016

Vintage Claret 2016

£11.95
Product Code: 0116F031
BOTTLE (75CL) £11.95
£11.95 PER BOTTLE
CASE OF 12 BOTTLES £143.40
£11.95 PER BOTTLE
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It is made by Esmes 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. 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 from 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. Whilst we have good stocks here in the UK, there is not much left in Bordeaux of this vintage so our rather obvious recommendation is to fill your boots!

How does the wine taste?
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." Esme

What do the critics say?
"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." (Previous vintage)
Tom Cannavan, wine-pages.com

Grape: /Cabernet Sauvignon/Merlot
Region: /Bordeaux
Country: /France
ABV: /14%
Unit: /Bottle (75cl)
Perfectly nice, very well made and very well priced. Its just there are other wines at about the same price (chateau cayla, the dAlzan Rhne) which have so much more character. Nothing wrong with it, but this is just a little dull by comparison.
TIMOTHY
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The wine was very smooth Very nice Indeed
Stephen
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The wine was very smooth Very nice Indeed
Stephen
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The 2016 is perhaps not quite on a level with its 2015 older sibling. However, it is still a delightful drink. It is accessible and well balanced and will please most, including some who do not like the Bordeaux big hitters. For me this is a lovely mid-week glass or two, it enjoys being drunk alone or with an evening snack. It wont disappoint and at the price is extremely good value. A typical supermarket Bordeaux at this price would be almost undrinkable, this shows that there is still some good value at this price point when you buy wisely.
Michael
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Excellent wine. Lovely taster and at a reasonable price. Totally recommended!
Alex
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