There has been oceans of praise from the critics for Bordeaux 2016 and this rich, ripe claret has already won six Golds. It’s from “the leading estate in Côtes de Castillon” (Decanter), with over 150 awards and Paris’ top Lauréat. Twice! Sumptuous.
"Exceptional value for money and really delivers in terms of concentration, complexity and structure"
Ever since Tony Laithwaite first worked in Castillon in 1967, he’s been a champion of Côtes de Castillon. Why? Well, as recorded in Wine International, “If it weren’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 150 awards, including Paris’ Lauréat Prix d’Excellence twice. No expense is spared on the wine – yields are kept low to promote intensity, rigorous grape sorting is carried out for quality, and finest French oak is used. From “an exceptional year” (Decanter), producing “absolutely remarkable wines” (Vinous), this is a superb, barrel aged claret.
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Awards and Accolades
Gold, China Wine & Spirits Best Value Awards, 2018
Gold, Concours des Vins Lyon, 2018
Gold, International Wine Awards, 2018
Gold, Concours Mondial Bruxelles, 2018
Gold, Concours des Feminalise-Beaume, 2018
Gold, China Wine & Spirits Awards, 2018
92pts, International Wine Challenge, 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
queuing to take part. Today we're the UK's No.1 home-delivery wine merchant, with over 1,500 wines to choose from
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