2017 – Château Clarisse – Jancis Robinson – 16/20

A rather flattering nose. Blackberry-jam sweetness offset by menthol-tinged acidity and directed, ambitious structure. Beautifully integrated. Coal-dusted minerality layering dark fruit, dark spice, iron and sous bois. Mushroom-ketchup umami notes in the framework, a subtle touch of lavender counteracting the darker flavours. Emphatic tannins set to carry the wine to long-term.