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La Chimère de La Clarière 2016

Vin de France

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  • Gold, Catavinum World Wine & Spirits Competition, 2019
  • Gold, Berliner Wine Trophy, 2019
  • Gold, Asia Wine Trophy, 2019
  • Gold, Gilbert & Gaillard International Competition, 2019

A luscious, double Gold La Clarière wine that breaks all the rules. Based on an old tradition, the ‘Bordeaux Hermitagé’, this velvety voluptuous red combines La Clarière claret with blackberry scented Rhône Syrah. All aged in cask, it’s irresistible.

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Velvety ripe black fruits, a rich spicy layer, fresh herbs, vanilla


Ripe plum, juicy blackberry, cassis and lots of smoky wild herbs

La Chimère de La Clarière 2016

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  • 14.0% ABV
  • 10.5 Units
  • 750.00 ml
  • 31 December, 2020

Blending claret with a riper style of Rhône red may seem revolutionary, but dates back before appellation controlée rules and was common until the 20th century. It was often nicknamed La Travail à l’Anglaise – ‘the English way’ – because its style was aimed at the English palate. A rich, lusciously ripe red that is ready for drinking right away. Just recently Château Palmer have revived the tradition, charging almost as much per bottle (over £220) as they do for their Grand Vin! So Tony Laithwaite asked our winemakers Jean-Marc and Mark to make one as good (but thankfully at a fraction of the price). Think of it as a fattened up version of La Clarière, a large portion of claret with well ripened, top quality Rhône Syrah, all aged in cask.

"A glorious, supple, mouthfilling red – what the French call ‘gouleyant’. A rule breaker you’ll adore" Tony Laithwaite
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