2013 CHATEAU CLARISSE – ROBERT PARKER NOTATION : 86/88

Clarisse is another good property that is largely unknown from a relatively obscure appellation of St.-Emilion.

This blend of 90% Merlot and 10% Cabernet Franc, made with consulting help from the famous Stephane Derenoncourt, had incredibly tiny yields of 15-19 hectoliters per hectare.

It was harvested late, from October 12 to 21.

Not an expensive wine, and certainly a well-made one, this is a pretty wine with surprisingly low acidity in a high-acid year, solid mulberry and black cherry fruit, and chalky minerality in the background.

The wine is medium-bodied, very well-made and carries 13.1% natural alcohol, which is impressive in this vintage