Chateau Clarisse Puisseguin St. Emilion Bordeaux, Complete Guide

Clarisse Chateau

Learn everything about Chateau Clarisse Puisseguin St. Emilion with wine tasting notes, wine, and food pairing tips, best vintages, a history of the property, and information on the vineyards and winemaking. If you want to read about other important, Bordeaux Chateaux: Links to all Bordeaux Wine Producer Profiles

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 winemaking 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 has continued to increase the size of their vineyards.

They have expanded from the original 5.11 hectares of vines to their 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. One of the keys to the vineyard is its elevation which rises up to 105 meters, one of the highest peaks in the appellation. The vineyard is planted to a vine density of 6,500 vines per hectare to 7,500 vines per hectare.

New plantings are taking place in the vineyards, which will increase the overall 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. Chateau Clarisse was certified organic in 2019 for both their vineyards in Puisseguin Saint Emilion and in Cotes de Castillon.

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 red 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.

Chateau Clarisse also produces a white Bordeaux wine from Chardonnay, which is sold as a Vin de France.

The best vintages of Chateau Clarisse are: 2020, 2019, 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014 and 2012.

When to Drink Chateau Clarisse, Anticipated Maturity, Decanting Time

Chateau Clarisse is better with at least 2-3 years of aging in good vintages. Young vintages can be decanted for up to 1 hour, helping the wine soften to help develop the aromatic character.

Older vintages might need very little decanting, just enough to remove the sediment. Chateau Clarisse offers its best drinking and should reach peak maturity between 2-9 years of age after the vintage.

Serving 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. 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 producing a new, 100% Merlot wine from 2.3 hectares of vines located in the Cotes de Castillon appellation which will also be called Chateau Clarisse.

Château Clarisse Wine Tasting Notes

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2020 Château Clarisse  (Puisseguin-St. Émilion) 91

Floral, smoky, fruity and savory, the wine is medium-bodied, fresh and focuses on its ripe, red berry core of fruits. Soft-textured and forward, this charmer will be easy to enjoy on release. This is the second vintage where the wine is 100% biodynamic. 90-92 Pts

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2019 Château Clarisse  (Puisseguin-St. Émilion) 89

Soft, fresh, supple and fruity, the wine is medium-bodied, vibrant and easy to drink with all its sweet, cherry charms on the nose, palate and in the finish. Drink from 2022-2029. 89 Points

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Silky soft, medium-bodied and fresh, with layers of forward, ripe red fruits. There is a good purity and sweetness in the berries and a polished finish. 90-92 Pts

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2019 Château Clarisse Cuvée Vieilles Vignes  (Puisseguin-St. Émilion) 91

Flowers, licorice, smoke and juicy plums create the attractive perfume. On the palate, the wine shows its soft, vibrant, refined, sweet fruits with ease, finishing with supple cherries, plums and a touch of cocoa in the end note. Drink from 2023-2034. 91 Points

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2018 Château Clarisse Cuvée Vieilles Vignes  (Puisseguin-St. Émilion) 91

Luscious, rich, sweet, round, earthy, juicy red fruits, smoke, licorice and chocolate nuances are found in every delicious sniff, swirl and sip. This will be just fine to enjoy on release and for at least another decade after that. 91 Points

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Earthy chocolate covered cherries with flowers, licorice and spice on the nose and palate. The wine is lush, sweet, round and fruity. You find a nice blast of black cherries in the finish. 90-92 Pts

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2017 Château Clarisse Cuvée Vieilles Vignes  (Puisseguin-St. Émilion) 90

Soft, luscious, chocolately red fruits, licorice and coffee bean notes are delivered in a soft, round, textured format. The wine, produced from 100% old vine Merlot, leaves you with a side dish of chocolate on top of the ripe, juicy plums. 90 Points

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2016 Château Clarisse Cuvée Vieilles Vignes  (Puisseguin-St. Émilion) 92

Deeply colored, the wine is full, richly flavored, supply textured and loaded with fresh, ripe, sweet, juicy fruits. 92 Points

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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. 92 Points

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2016 Château Clarisse  (Puisseguin-St. Émilion) 90

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. 90 Points

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2015 Château Clarisse Cuvée Vieilles Vignes  (Puisseguin-St. Émilion) 92

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. 92 Points

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2015 Château Clarisse  (Puisseguin-St. Émilion) 89

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. 89 Points

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2014 Château Clarisse Cuvée Vieilles Vignes  (Puisseguin-St. Émilion) 90

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

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2014 Château Clarisse  (Puisseguin-St. Émilion) 88

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

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2013 Château Clarisse  (Puisseguin-St. Émilion) 87

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

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2012 Château Clarisse Cuvée Vieilles Vignes  (Puisseguin-St. Émilion) 89

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

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2012 Château Clarisse  (Puisseguin-St. Émilion) 87

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. 87 Points

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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

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2011 Château Clarisse Cuvée Vieilles Vignes  (Puisseguin-St. Émilion) 88

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. 88 Points

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2011 Château Clarisse  (Puisseguin-St. Émilion) 87

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

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