There has been a bitter rivalry between the Bordeaux villages of Castillon and Saint-Emilion ever since they were split apart back in the 14th century. The Castillonais have always maintained that their "terroir" is identical to that of their neighbors. And indeed it is: “If it wasn’t for the political line dividing Castillon from Saint-Émilion, its wines would be twice or three times the price.” (Wine & Spirits)
Over 100 awards (and 18 golds) in 25 vintages … then along came 2009
As you can see, the Laithwaite family's estate has some serious pedigree. Now you can enjoy their barrel-aged 2009 (a landmark year for the region and La Clarière: “This estate has produced a beautiful 2009, bursting with fruit and combining full body with a great freshness of flavor.” – La Revue du Vin de France, 17/20). Today, Tony Laithwaite's eldest son Henry is in charge of winemaking. He's been praised by Robert Parker, and was also recently singled out by Decanter as one of the winemakers to watch in this trendy, top-value corner of Bordeaux.
Le Prix d’Excellence 2011 — only one estate in all Bordeaux is chosen
The estate's wines have been so delicious in recent years that France's most important wine show, Le Concours Générale Agricole, awarded Château la Clarière Laithwaite the coveted Prix d’Excellence, which was given to just 12 estates in all of France (and only one in Bordeaux!). So you won't want to miss out on this amazing opportunity to taste their delicious 2009.
Limited Cases: given all the acclaim, and the wine's cult following, we have just a few cases remaining ... so please hurry for your share.