Every vintage has its own surprises, with 2019 being remembered as a year full of contrasts in the Bordeaux region.
The heatwave in late June/early July came as a sign of relief for winegrowers.The radical change in the weather conditions resulted in July being the hottest month of the decade. Several much-welcomed rainstorms in late July paved the way for véraison, or colour change, which took place evenly, thanks to the efforts of winegrowers during the month of August.
For several years, the weather conditions in late summer have produced very fine vintages in Bordeaux, made from exceptionally healthy grapes.
This year looks set to follow this trend, joining the ranks of the finest vintages ending in “9”!This is one of the greatest vintages of the decade, with wonderful Merlots and Cabernet Francs, which coped well with drought conditions in clay-limestone terroirs on the Right Bank.
Brilliant colour, with a beautiful, dark red hue. The maturity is evident from the outset, with fleshy red berry aromas, particularly black cherry and blackcurrant. They are followed by some subtle animal notes, hints of forest floor and a dash of violet. The gentle extraction process has yielded a well-balanced and concentrated wine, with velvety smooth tannins.
The palate is full-bodied and indulgent, with splashes of chocolate and Morello cherry. The aftertaste reveals nuances of pepper and liquorice. Great length of flavour, silky and delicious throughout.
These are truly magnificent wines, powerful and wonderfully complex.
A rainy winter and spring enabled the soil to store up significant water reserves. Fortunately, the humid weather did not upset flowering.
Summertime marked the arrival of hot days and cool nights, which dried out the soil, kept the vines healthy, and provided ideal sun exposure conducive to producing perfectly ripe grapes until the harvest.
Brilliant dark red colour. This wine is already at its peak, with a beautiful sensation of just-picked fruit.
The overall impression is well-balanced and concentrated yet precise and velvety, thanks to gentle extraction.
The resulting wine is very powerful with blackcurrant, blackberry and blueberry notes. Floral hints of violet develop with aeration. Silky and fresh on the palate with toasty notes and velvety tannins, accompanied by delicious ripe fruit overtones.
A well-balanced, elegant, full-bodied and powerful wine with beautiful concentration and a lovely long aftertaste.
The wet winter and spring gave way to a long period of drought which lasted all summer. An Indian summer arrived after a brief rainy period in mid-September that was highly desirable at the end of ripening. The month of October was particularly dry. Cool night-time temperatures combined with warm days resulted in deeply-coloured wines that are also fresh and fruity. 2016 was a year of paradoxes that accounts for this beautiful vintage.
Deep colour with good concentration and notes of blackberry and spices. Hints of forest floor and truffles develop with aeration. Silky and fresh on the palate with oaky hints and velvety tannins accompanied by delicious ripe fruit aromas. A well-balanced, elegant, full-bodied and powerful wine with a lovely long aftertaste.
Alcohol by volume
17% Cabernet Franc
15% Cabernet Sauvignon
The unusual weather in 2015 was responsible for producing a vintage of extremely fine quality. Above and beyond the intrinsic elegance, balance, and complexity of Clarendelle wines, this vintage is unquestionably delicious. The warm spring was conducive to even flowering, followed by even warmer temperatures in June and July that led vigorous vine growth enhanced by water reserves accumulated over the rainy winter. The more temperate months of August and September, without excessive sunshine, were favourable to good ripening and refined aromatic expression. Autumn weather was ideal for maturing tannin in the grape skins. The harvest took place relatively late and the fruit was of very high quality.
Deep garnet-red colour. These delicious and harmonious wines reflect the sunny growing season. Ripe fruit flavours of cherries, prunes, and figs predominate followed by a wide range of floral aromas, with subtle hints of forest floor. The initial impression on the palate is round and fruity with spicy notes and cocoa aromas. Fine, elegant tannins make for an instantly pleasurable wine. 2015 is undoubtedly a delicious vintage!
The weather varied significantly from season to season in 2014, with a beautiful spring, a satisfactory month of July, and an uncertain weather in August. Although this may have slowed down ripening, September marked the beginning of an extraordinary Indian summer that was warm, sunny, and with just the right amount of precipitation to enable the vines to focus their energy on ripening. This extended summer was remarkably long since the first half of October was actually warmer and sunnier than the two preceding weeks.
We have made a beautiful blend in this vintage, taking advantage of powerful wines with a great balance between alcohol and acidity. Not only the Merlot, but also the Cabernet Franc and Cabernet Sauvignon grapes reached perfect maturity with regard to sugar and tannin.
The wine has a brilliant, intense red colour. The nose is redolent of black fruit (Burlat cherry, plum) and beautiful floral aromas.
These fruity flavours carry over to the palate, which also features peppery and spicy notes. The wine has an elegant, fine-grained tannic structure. The aftertaste is fresh, long, and fruity. The wine is altogether well-balanced and elegant. We are very proud of our first vintage of Clarendelle Saint-Emilion!