2011 Berrys' Extra Ordinary Claret

2011 Berrys' Extra Ordinary Claret

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From one of our favourite vineyards in the Graves region of Bordeaux, this classic Claret is perfect for dinner parties or the occasional mid-week treat. The 2011 is perhaps a touch lighter than the 2010 but is all the more drinkable for that. It is deliciously complex on the nose with notes of briary fruit, spicy oak, a touch of leather and smoke. Typically 'Graves' on the palate, this has a seamless structure, generous fruit and an engaging sense of energy on the finish. 2011 is a charming vintage, for drinking now. ....................................................................................

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Tim Atkin MW
Berrys also makes a "Good Ordinary Claret", but it's worth paying a little extra to secure a a bottle of this more complex wine. It's forward and supple for such a young red, with sweet vanilla oak, plummy fruit and fine tannins.
Tim Atkin - Woman and Home - 02-Jan-2014  Read more
This classic claret comes from a wonderful vineyard in the Graves region of Bordeaux. With notes of briary fruit, spicy oak and a touch of leather and smoke, it is ideal for a winter dinner party."
The 10 Best Red Wines For Winter - Kate- Hilpern - The Independent - Friday 22 November 2013 Read more
BBRs "Good Ordinary Claret" is a consistent best seller and everyday favourite of many of their customers, but this is a real step up. In fact this is an AOC Graves wine, made for Berrys' by Château Villa Bel Air. It has a delightfully cool and refined nose, briary and peppery, with light ashy earth and a touch of vegetal character, and tight black fruit. On the palate typically earthy and grippy, the barrel ageing adding a touch of smouldering woodsmoke, the berry fruit chunky, but the tannins and acidity giving a savoury, fresh appeal.
Tom Cannavan - Wine Pages - November 2013 Read more

About this WINE

Cab.Sauvignon Blend

Cab.Sauvignon Blend

Cabernet Sauvignon lends itself particularly well in blends with Merlot. This is actually the archetypal Bordeaux blend, though in different proportions in the sub-regions and sometimes topped up with Cabernet Franc, Malbec, and Petit Verdot.

In the Médoc and Graves the percentage of Cabernet Sauvignon in the blend can range from 95% (Mouton-Rothschild) to as low as 40%. It is particularly suited to the dry, warm, free- draining, gravel-rich soils and is responsible for the redolent cassis characteristics as well as the depth of colour, tannic structure and pronounced acidity of Médoc wines. However 100% Cabernet Sauvignon wines can be slightly hollow-tasting in the middle palate and Merlot with its generous, fleshy fruit flavours acts as a perfect foil by filling in this cavity.

In St-Emilion and Pomerol, the blends are Merlot dominated as Cabernet Sauvignon can struggle to ripen there - when it is included, it adds structure and body to the wine. Sassicaia is the most famous Bordeaux blend in Italy and has spawned many imitations, whereby the blend is now firmly established in the New World and particularly in California and  Australia.

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