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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 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 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. One of the keys to the vineyard is their 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.
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.
The best vintages of Chateau Clarisse are: 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 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
14 Vintages 23,902 Views Sort by Vintage-Rating
|2019||Château Clarisse (Puisseguin-St. Émilion)|
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
1,245 Views Tasted Jun 8, 2020
|2018||Château Clarisse Cuvée Vieilles Vignes (Puisseguin-St. Émilion)|
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
1,085 Views Tasted Apr 19, 2019
|2017||Château Clarisse Cuvée Vieilles Vignes (Puisseguin-St. Émilion)|
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.
1,113 Views Tasted Apr 26, 2018
|2016||Château Clarisse Cuvée Vieilles Vignes (Puisseguin-St. Émilion)|
Deeply colored, the wine is full, richly flavored, supply textured and loaded with fresh, ripe, sweet, juicy fruits.
1,415 Views Tasted Sep 21, 2019
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.
980 Views Tasted Apr 29, 2017
|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.
1,504 Views Tasted Apr 29, 2017
|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.
1,310 Views Tasted Apr 29, 2016
|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.
1,345 Views Tasted Apr 29, 2016
|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
1,511 Views Tasted May 1, 2015
|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
1,852 Views Tasted May 1, 2015
|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
1,695 Views Tasted May 1, 2014
|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
1,556 Views Tasted Apr 26, 2013
|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.
1,635 Views Tasted Oct 25, 2014
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
1,618 Views Tasted Apr 26, 2013
|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.
1,284 Views Tasted Oct 23, 2014
|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
2,754 Views Tasted Apr 20, 2012