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2020 Bordeaux Clairet

The 2020 Massereau Clairet Rouge is 80% Merlot, 15% Cab Franc, and 5% Cab Sauv from the organically tended vineyards of the chateau. It is ready for immediate drinking, and should be served with a chill. That said, there is a core, aromatically and on the palate, of slightly concentrated red berries, an essential stuffing that gives it a lovely weight. This fruit âcombines beautifully with fresh, grassy aromas on the nose. It also anchors the bold dash of minerally graphite on the tongue. A long finish of firm black plum rides the wine’s moderate acidity and slim tannic structure. Camille Riviere, who imports Château Massereau into New York City, gushed over a previous vintage of the Clairet Rouge that she drank after it racked up a few years of bottle age… and having experienced this 2020 bottling, I’d anticipate it following that same path. I’ll be putting a few away, for summers to come. David Hatzopoulos, Chambers Street Wines