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Chateau Clarisse History, Overview
Chateau Clarisse was founded in 2009 when the Right Bank vineyard was purchased by Didier and Olivia Le Calvez from the Estager family. The Calvez family renamed the property after their daughter, Clarisse. After changing the name of the property from Croix de Justice to Chateau Clarisse, their next move was to bring in the team of Stephane Derenoncourt to consult on the vineyard management and wine making for the estate. The cellars and wine making facilities of Chateau Clarisse were updated and renovated after the purchase. Since their original purchase, the Le Calvez family have continued to increase the size of their vineyards. They have expanded from the original 5.11 hectares of vines to its current 20 hectare size with several purchases over the years. Most recently, Didier Calvez purchased 4 hectares of adjacent vineyards in 2017.
Chateau Clarisse Vineyards, Terroir, Grapes, Winemaking
The 20 hectare vineyard of Chateau Clarisse is planted to 80% Merlot and 20% Cabernet Franc on a terroir of clay and limestone soils. The vineyard is planted to a vine density of 6,500 vines per hectare. New plantings are taking place in the vineyards, which will increase the vine density as well as the amount of planted hectares. The vineyard is farmed using only organic farming techniques with an eye to biodynamic farming methods.
To produce the wine of Chateau Clarisse, the wine is vinified in traditional, temperature controlled, cement vats. The grapes are whole berry fermented. Malolactic fermentation takes place in a combination of cement vat and French oak barrels. Pump overs take place 3 times a day. The wine of Chateau Clarisse is aged in 33% new, French oak barrels for 14 months. On average, the production is close to 7,000 cases per year.
Chateau Clarisse produces two wines, including a high end cuvee produced from one hectare of old vines, Chateau Clarisse Vieille Vignes. The Vieille Vignes is made from 100% old vine, Merlot. Those vines are close to 65 years of age. The grapes are whole berry fermented. Malolactic fermentation takes place in 50% new, French oak barrels. The wine is aged in 50% new, French oak barrels for 16 months. Only 250 cases are produced of Chateau Clarisse Vieille Vignes each vintage.
Serving and Decanting Chateau Clarisse with Wine, Food, Pairing Tips
Chateau Clarisse is best served at 15.5 degrees Celsius, 60 degrees Fahrenheit. The cool, almost cellar temperature gives the wine more freshness and lift. Young vintages can be decanted for up to 1 hour. This allows the wine to soften and open its perfume. Older vintages might need very little decanting, just enough to remove the sediment. Chateau Clarisse is best paired with all types of classic meat dishes, veal, pork, beef, lamb, duck, game, roast chicken, roasted braised and grilled dishes. Chateau Clarisse is also good when matched with Asian dishes, hearty fish courses like tuna, mushrooms and pasta.
Starting with the 2014 vintage, the de Calvez family began began producing a new, 100% Merlot wine from 2.3 hectares of vines located in the Cotes de Castillon appellation which will also be called Clarisse.
Château Clarisse Wine Tasting Notes
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2016 Château Clarisse Cuvée Vieilles Vignes ( Puisseguin-St. Émilion)
Inky purple in color, this wine is dense, rich, flavorful and packed with fruit, silky tannins and shows good length in the finish. From a blend of 75% Merlot and 25% Cabernet Franc from old vines that are on average 65 years of age, this is the first year where the farming was 100% biodynamic.
Apr 29, 2017points - Tasted 406 Views
2016 Château Clarisse ( Puisseguin-St. Émilion)
With a crushed rock character, this wine is fresh with ripe, deep fruits, polished textures and nuance. Made from a blend of 80% Merlot and 20% Cabernet Franc, this is the first vintage that is 100% biodynamic.
Apr 29, 2017points - Tasted 587 Views
2015 Château Clarisse Cuvée Vieilles Vignes ( Puisseguin-St. Émilion)
From 100% old vine Merlot, with vines that average 65 years of age, comes a daydream of blackberry liqueur, minerality, molten chocolate and pure, black cherries. Fat, lush, juicy and rich, round and supple, this wine is a Jeffrey Davies Selection Exclusive.
Apr 29, 2016points - Tasted 698 Views
2015 Château Clarisse ( Puisseguin-St. Émilion)
Forward, soft, lush and ripe with a blast of sweet fruits and freshness. This wine was made from a blend of 85% Merlot and 15% Cabernet Sauvignon.
Apr 29, 2016points - Tasted 763 Views
2014 Château Clarisse Cuvée Vieilles Vignes ( Puisseguin-St. Émilion)
This blend of 85% Merlot and 15% Cabernet Franc made from vines that average 65 years of age produced a wine packed with rich, lush, ripe, sweet fruits, supple, soft, elegant textures and a long, sweet, fruit filled finish. This will drink well on release and can age a bit too. This wine is a Jeffrey Davies Selection Exclusive. 89-90 Pts
May 1, 2015points - Tasted 1064 Views
2014 Château Clarisse ( Puisseguin-St. Émilion)
Forward, approachable, soft, generous and sweet, with ripeness to the fruit, dark color and an easy to like finish. The wine was made from a blend of 80% Merlot and 20% Merlot. 87-89 Pts
May 1, 2015points - Tasted 1162 Views
2013 Château Clarisse ( Puisseguin-St. Émilion)
Good volume, sweet berries, plush textures and a fresh, dark berry finish make this one of the top value Bordeaux wines in this vintage. From a blend of 90% Merlot and 10% Cabernet Franc, the wine, produced from yields of 15 hectoliters per hectare and is aging in 50% new, French oak. 86-88 Pts
May 1, 2014points - Tasted 1339 Views
2012 Château Clarisse Cuvée Vieilles Vignes ( Puisseguin-St. Émilion)
Smoky and floral with black raspberry, fresh herbs, round tannins and a sweet, chocolate-covered, black cherry finish. Produced from 100% old vine Merlot, this is a Jeffrey Davies Signature Selection exclusive for the American market. 88-90 Pts
Apr 26, 2013points - Tasted 1333 Views
2012 Château Clarisse ( Puisseguin-St. Émilion)
Easy to like, forward and approachable, from a blend of 90% Merlot and 10% Cabernet Franc, the wine ends with round textures, fennel and fresh black raspberries.
Oct 25, 2014points - Tasted 1159 Views
Ripe, sweet, round, forward, filled with licorice, this wine is open and forward in style. This is a Jeffrey Davies Signature Selection exclusive for the American market. 87-89 Pts
Apr 26, 2013points - Tasted 1148 Views
2011 Château Clarisse Cuvée Vieilles Vignes ( Puisseguin-St. Émilion)
Deep in color, the nose served up scents of licorice, thyme, fresh herbs, dried flowers, cocoa and black cherries. Soft textured and forward, this early drinking charmer, made from 100% Merlot ends with sweet and tart, fresh cherries in the finish.
Oct 23, 2014points - Tasted 1057 Views
2011 Château Clarisse ( Puisseguin-St. Émilion)
Coffee bean, cocoa, plum and cherries with soft, round textures and a forward personality. This is a Jeffrey Davies Signature Selection exclusive for the American market. 86-88 Pts
Apr 20, 2012points - Tasted 2142 Views