2016 – CHÂTEAU CLARISSE – Antonio Galloni – Vinous : 90

Antonio Galloni – VINOUS : « The 2016 Clarisse is bold and punchy, with plenty of red-toned cherry and plum notes, silky tannins and pliant fruit. The blend is 85% Merlot and 15% Cabernet Franc. There is plenty to like in this racy wine from Clarisse, a small, 9-hectare estate in Puisseguin Saint-Émilion. The 2016 was whole-berry-fermented and saw 30 days on the skins. New oak will be around 33 percent. Stéphane Derenoncourt, Romain Bocchio and Pauline Lagarde consult. »

The 2016 Clarisse is bold and juicy, both of which give the wine tremendous immediacy and sheer appeal. Silky tannins and floral aromatics wrap around a core of expressive sweet red cherry, blood orange and mint. This is an especially refined wine for an appellation where the wines tend to be quite rustic. The blend is 85% Merlot and 15% Cabernet Franc. 2018 – 2026