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Chateau Clarendelle Rose Bordeaux 2012

Member Review by Yossel:

ANSWER TO A SOMMELIER'S PRAYER ! When Clarence Dillon bid for the best venerable Bordeaux wine fields "by the river" that the town of Bordeaux had turned down as a gift in 1934 because the "upkeep was too costly", and astutely closed the deal to his family's lasting advantage in 1935, he renamed the vignoble Chateau Haut-Brion, a tongue-in-cheek reference to O'Bryon's wine! Today, Prince Robert of Luxembourg, the great grandson of Clarence Dillon (you will remember Doug Dillon, Secreteary of the Treasury, interim owner of the vignoble) who now owns the property, has provided us with a lovely gift: CLARENDELLE ROSE, the traditional table wine of Chateau Haut-Brion. For years uncounted, the table wine at the chateau was and still is - a Bordeaux Rose blend of some 80% Merlot, 14% Cabernet Sauvignon and 6% Cabernet Franc. As long as anyone can remember, this was the table wine of Chateau Haut-Brion, first because it is a pure Bordeaux Rose, second because it is food-friendly, eminently drinkable, dry and delicious, and lastly because it does not overpower the tastings in the cellars to follow lunch. So what is it? Claret is technically in fact a rose, but this wine is in a separate class called Bordeaux Rose, a blended, lighter take on the beverage. With a wondrous, deep color, and the tannins to provide a firm structure (unlike the Roses of Provence and the Rhone Valley), CLARENDELLE ROSE provides a full mouth reward of plum, peach, and pear with the acidity end notes of blackcurrants, minerals and spice. Or, if you are not into that that tune, it's like Ping-Pong with a sharp click of golf ball, a mellow note of soft ball, a lovely round base of basketball underneath, and a spiraling outfield homerun on top. It's to die for. What can I say. It's the best rose I've ever tasted, and the Lord knows I've spent 75 years tasting them. It's just that straight forward. IT GOES WITH EVERYTHING. This wine is the answer to a sommelier's prayer!

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Snooth User: Yossel
134088541
0.00 5
08/26/2014

ANSWER TO A SOMMELIER'S PRAYER ! When Clarence Dillon bid for the best venerable Bordeaux wine fields "by the river" that the town of Bordeaux had turned down as a gift in 1934 because the "upkeep was too costly", and astutely closed the deal to his family's lasting advantage in 1935, he renamed the vignoble Chateau Haut-Brion, a tongue-in-cheek reference to O'Bryon's wine! Today, Prince Robert of Luxembourg, the great grandson of Clarence Dillon (you will remember Doug Dillon, Secreteary of the Treasury, interim owner of the vignoble) who now owns the property, has provided us with a lovely gift: CLARENDELLE ROSE, the traditional table wine of Chateau Haut-Brion. For years uncounted, the table wine at the chateau was and still is - a Bordeaux Rose blend of some 80% Merlot, 14% Cabernet Sauvignon and 6% Cabernet Franc. As long as anyone can remember, this was the table wine of Chateau Haut-Brion, first because it is a pure Bordeaux Rose, second because it is food-friendly, eminently drinkable, dry and delicious, and lastly because it does not overpower the tastings in the cellars to follow lunch. So what is it? Claret is technically in fact a rose, but this wine is in a separate class called Bordeaux Rose, a blended, lighter take on the beverage. With a wondrous, deep color, and the tannins to provide a firm structure (unlike the Roses of Provence and the Rhone Valley), CLARENDELLE ROSE provides a full mouth reward of plum, peach, and pear with the acidity end notes of blackcurrants, minerals and spice. Or, if you are not into that that tune, it's like Ping-Pong with a sharp click of golf ball, a mellow note of soft ball, a lovely round base of basketball underneath, and a spiraling outfield homerun on top. It's to die for. What can I say. It's the best rose I've ever tasted, and the Lord knows I've spent 75 years tasting them. It's just that straight forward. IT GOES WITH EVERYTHING. This wine is the answer to a sommelier's prayer!


Snooth User: Yossel
134088541
4.50 5
08/25/2014

Four and a half glasses



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