Justerini & Brooks 61 Reserve Claret 150cl
61 Reserve Claret is produced by father and son team, Paul and Cédric Valade. The family has been farming this 30 hectare estate in the Cote de Castillon since 1878. Their philosophy is simple: hard work and lots of it. Cédric’s is passionate about his soils and creating the best conditions for viticulture. Healthy soils equals healthy vines and gives the best chance to harvest ripe and healthy fruit. The assemblage is predominantly Merlot with a dash of Cabernet Sauvignon, producing a wine with lots of up-front fruit, Bordeaux character and juicy, fruit-coated tannins. It is a wine to drink and enjoy young, but has all the structure and class to age and develop for 5-8 years.
A classic partnership. The stock left bank Bordeaux blend is usually more Cabernet dominated, however in the cooler more clayey parts of Bordeaux, namely St Estèphe, Merlot is often the more present of the two and can give outstanding results. A blend that is also used to good affect in the New World, producing alluring fruit-driven wines for short to medium term drinking.