Tony Laithwaite has long wanted to make an estate white at Château La Clarière, but traditionally Castillon Côtes de Bordeaux is all about reds. Now, with some top vineyards he's crafted this oak fermented, lees aged white. Long, complex, balanced.
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Rounded creamy stone fruit, bright lemony acidity, toasty oak
Lying on Bordeaux’s Right Bank, Castillon is known for its clarets. Indeed the appellation may only produce red wines, but that hasn’t stopped the team at Château La Clarière wanting to make a white of equally fine standing. A few years back they discovered vineyards close by, with superb terroir and potential. They have now taken on the vines ‘en fermage’ and, with total control, can make an estate bottled white. They've also recently planted two parcels of white grapes at the château too. Blended from bright Sauvignon Blanc and richer Sauvignon Gris, all oak fermented, lees stirred, then aged in part-new barrels, it is reminiscent of the grand wines of Pessac Léognan. Drink now with sauced white meat or fish. It will cellar well too.
"Opened the first bottle of a case of 12, very impressed great depth and flavour! Extremely enjoyable"
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