From a vintage described as “excellent” (Wine Advocate), this is a rich, ripe claret - winner of a Trophy and nine Golds. It’s from “the leading estate in Côtes de Castillon” (Decanter), with over 140 awards and Paris’ top Lauréat. Twice!
"Top Castillons are already good enough to make Saint Emilion proprietors blush"
Oz Clarke Wine Critic
Ever since Tony Laithwaite first worked in Castillon in 1967, he has been a champion of Côtes de Castillon. Why? Well, as recorded in Wine International, “If it wasn’t for the [political] line dividing Castillon from Saint Emilion, its wines would be twice the price. The hills are the same, the soil is the same, the exposure is the same.” In 1984 Tony bought Château La Clarière and has since won over 140 awards including, twice, Paris’ Lauréat Prix d’Excellence. No expense is spared on the wine – yields are kept low to promote intensity, rigorous grape sorting is carried out for quality, and only the finest French oak is used. This is an elegant claret with intense fruit, mocha and spice notes. Decant and serve with fine red meat dishes.
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Awards and Accolades
Gold, Bacchus International Wine Competition, 2017
Gold, Berliner Wein Trophy, 2018
Gold, Catavinum World Wine & Spirits Competition, 2018
Double Gold, China Wine & Spirits Awards, 2017
French Wine of the Year, China Wine & Spirits Best Value Awards, 2018
Gold, China Wine & Spirits Best Value Awards, 2018
Gold, Concours des Vins Lyon, 2017
Gold, Guide des Vins Gilbert et Gaillard, 2017
Gold, International Wine Awards, 2017
Gold, Concours de Bordeaux Aquitaine, 2018
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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
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