Doft & Smak
Rarely do you come across a claret made exclusively from vines planted in the 19th century. Yet Le Presbytère is unusual for many reasons, not least its traditional, artisanal method of production. A seriously dense claret crafted with great tlc.
Le Presbytère is Tony Laithwaite's superb premium claret, a sort of 'family reserve', made the old way by hand ' and feet ' in the 12th century annex of his Bordeaux house that was once a presbytery for the village priest. It's a lovely little cellar which Tony and his wife Barbara have fully renovated and converted. It's where they pick, sort, process, ferment and barrel with their hands (with a bit of help from family and friends, notably son Henry the winemaker). This wine is seriously intense and mellow thanks to the nuggety little grapes from the property's 112 year old Merlot vines. To keep it authentic they only use estate grapes and produce a mere 1,200 bottles annually. Decant in advance and serve with roast or grilled red meats.