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.
"A glorious, supple, mouthfilling red – what the French call ‘gouleyant’. A rule breaker you’ll adore"
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.
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Gold, Catavinum World Wine & Spirits Competition, 2019
Gold, Berliner Wine Trophy, 2019
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Laithwaite's began in 1969, when geography student Tony Laithwaite took a job washing bottles in Bordeaux ...
and fell in love with wine and the people who make it. When he borrowed a van to share their delicious wines with
friends and neighbours at home, things went so well that hundreds of little wineries all around the world were soon
queuing to take part. Today we're the UK's No.1 home-delivery wine merchant, with over 1,500 wines to choose from
including red, white, rosé, Champagne, Prosecco, spirits ... you name it. Tony's still at it - and now really good
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