Confrères are members of Laithwaite's inner circle. When you reserve a case of Château La Clarière you become part of our winemaking community … and share the secrets and the vineyards that are the beating heart of Laithwaite's.
The normal list price of Château La Clarière Laithwaite is £25 a bottle, £150 a six-bottle case. But if you put down a first payment of £48, and so become a Confrère, you will only pay another £48 when the wine is delivered to you in June. That's just £96, saving £54 on the normal list price. A massive saving … not just once, but every year. It is entirely up to you whether you take cases of subsequent vintages, but it seems like virtually every Confrère does. Unsurprisingly.
And if you prefer, you can opt for a 12-bottle case, with first payment £96 and another payment of £96 when the wine is delivered in June, saving yourself £108 on the normal list price.
A great run of vintages and the best wines we've ever made – no wonder we’ve won over 50 Golds and Trophies too
Since 1985 the Confrères have supported the development of what I insist has become their vineyard - a remarkable one - by simply putting their name down for a 6- or 12-bottle wooden case of the next vintage to be released. It is so important to us; allows us to keep on investing and improving.
We've been lucky to have a great run of vintages recently – 2014 through to the latest release vintage 2018 – and these wines have been clocking up lots of Golds. In total, Château La Clarière has won over 50 Golds and resulted in me being awarded Chevalier de Mérite Agricole. This wine is rich, structured and long. Even with a few more months barrel-ageing to go, it is already delicious.
In fact, we have included this wine in tastings to Confrères, even though it's extremely young. And those who've tried it love it, with all its creamy black fruit and tobacco notes.
Many Confrères also pay us a visit. I have said for years that I reckon wine merchants keep the best part of wine for themselves, and that's wrong. I want to share with my Confrères not just a superb wine at an unbelievable price, but to invite them to the wonderful place it comes from.
Our house is a mile or so away from the château. I walk there through the lower vineyards. I cross the road and call in at the chai - the immaculate winery - if there's some work going on. I walk on through the courtyard into the new barrel hall. Those immaculately lined-up rows of new barrels - the smell alone is worth the visit. At some point I will usually tackle the hill, up behind the château, climbing through the three terraces and the 'Bois Jolie' to the great top vineyard and its views along the Dordogne Valley to the tower of Saint-Émilion. It is glorious up there. Vineyards everywhere, churches, little farms and great châteaux.
I thought it was paradise 54 years ago. I still do.
Save over £100 every year on each 12-bottle case of the new vintage of Château La Clarière or over £50 on the six-bottle case
An open invitation to visit your château - meet the winemakers, taste the latest vintages from the barrel … if you're feeling energetic, you can help harvest if you wish!
Four exclusive offers each year on special cuvées most customers won't hear about
Your name on the Honour Roll at Château La Clarière
VIP treatment at our larger national events
Opportunities to visit other châteaux and meet English sparkling-wine makers in the Thames Valley
To get started simply reserve your case today
Reserve either a six or 12-bottle case of Château La Clarière below and become a Confrère. We'll send you a welcome pack in the next couple of weeks. Do look out on the website page for special offers on tiny volume wines we've made exclusively for Confrères.
We'll also arrange for your name to go on the château's honour roll and of course you are welcome to visit anytime.