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2010 Chapoutier-Laughton (La Pleiade) "Cluster M45" Shiraz Heathcote Victoria

SKU #1146496 97 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

Outer quote mark Deep garnet-purple, the 2010 Cluster M45 Shiraz has lovely floral and herbal notes wafting over a solid core of youthful blackberries and black cherries with nuances of Chinese five spice and cloves. Great intensity and balance in a rather modest medium-full body with great graininess to the tannins and plenty of freshness. It finishes long. Note that no 2011 Cluster M45 was produced. (LPB) Inner quote mark (2/2015)

95 points James Halliday

Outer quote mark Medium red-purple; while I remain to be convinced the baume (and hence alcohol) level was necessary, it is fair to say that the wine carries it without undue protest; there is a complex array of spicy red and black fruits in a web of fine but persistent tannins, plus French oak on a palate notable more for its length than its weight. Inner quote mark (2/2013)

92 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

Outer quote mark Inky purple. A heady bouquet displays scents of candied dark berries, cherry-vanilla and incense, along with a smoky topnote. Lush and creamy in texture, offering palate-staining blackberry and cherry compote flavors and a hint of olive. Soft tannins build on the clinging finish, which leaves notes of blue fruits and licorice behind. Inner quote mark (7/2013)

92 points Wine Enthusiast

Outer quote mark This joint venture between the Laughton (Jasper Hill) and Chapoutier families continues to impress. The 2010 is firmly built, with raspberry and boysenberry fruit notes supported by hints of mint and chocolate. The finish is long and dusty, tinged with mocha. It’s approachable now, but should age well through 2020, at least. Inner quote mark (10/2014)

K&L Notes

Michel Chapoutier and Ron Laughton planted new vineyards on the Cambrian soils of Heathcote in Central Victoria in 1998. The idea was, to take original Syrah cuttings from the hillside of Tain l'Hermitage in the Northern Rhone, from vines that had actually survived the phylloxera epidemic in the early 1900s. Quarantined in Australia and then propagated without the use of rootstock, the vines were planted alongside Australian Shiraz vines to produce a "best of both worlds" blend from a vineyard named La Pleiade (Play-ahd) after the star cluster visible from Australia and France--the idea thus highlighted, to celebrate a global partnership in wine. Only the best fruit from this unique vineyard is chosen for the tiny 500 cases made of this brilliant cuvee. The vineyard is farmed Biodynamically.

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By: Thomas Smith | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 7/7/2017 | Send Email
As a Rhone liaison for K&L Redwood City, I don't often find myself wandering over to the Australian Shiraz section all too often. This one is a BIG exception. It puts forth absolutely incredible aromas--spice, gaminess, dark fruits. The acid is Dialed in perfectly. Yes, there is some heat there, but slightly spicy, very savory, and just the tiniest juicy aspect to it. This tastes like some of the older domestic Syrahs I've tasted from the early 2000's. I was just totally floored by this. The '10 Chapoutier-Laughton is easily the best Australian Shiraz I've had this year, and totally worth grabbing a few bottles.

By: Ryan Woodhouse | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 3/16/2015 | Send Email
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An incredible story and a beautiful wine. It's seems cliched to say (given the concept of this wine) but this seems to strike the perfect balance between "Old World and New" just like the vine material from whence it came. There is power and richness here with plush dark fruit, tar, sweet floral notes...but there is also a nice underlying savory quality. Stony earth, meat, pepper and subtle leather. I still think this wine has more to give as it develops into its adolescence but the hallmarks of great Syrah/Shiraz are already in place.
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