Conde Nast Traveller – November 2012

[…] The delivery of the season’s en primeur (bought before bottling) wines is an exciting moment in the year for oenophiles, but imagine how exciting it is when new vineyard owners take delivery of their first vintage. Regular visitors to Villa Clarisse (and its sister the five star Hotel de Toiras) on the increasingly popular island of Ile de Ré on the French west coast will notice the addition of two new Château Clarisse red vintages on their already-inspiring restaurant wine lists. The 2010 vintage has just been released to the owner, Olivia Le Calvez, who’s passion it has long been to produce her own wines for the hotel. The vineyard is in St Emilion, a hallowed spot on the right bank of Bordeaux’s Gironde, and has produced a fabulous vintage, one which the experts say to drink while young. What a better reason to pay the Ile de Ré a visit this year ( […]