2014 Clairault Cabernet Sauvignon Margaret River Western Australia (White Label) (Previously $20)

SKU #1333444 94 points James Halliday

 There's a nuclear arsenal of black and redcurrant, cassis, wild herb, black olive and charred, tarry tannins in each bottle of this wine, so handle with care. A big rib eye steak might be a good start, and someone to share the bottle. *Special Value Selection*  (10/2016)

92 points Wine Enthusiast

 Both pretty and complex, Clairault’s Cab is a heady mix of cranberry and tart cherry, florals, peppery herbs, pencil lead and some raw meat in the background. The palate is medium bodied and rustic yet elegant. Tannins are big but they seem a product of the skins rather than the oak, and there’s a lovely savory, peppery finish. Drink now-2025. *Editors' Choice* (CP)  (2/2018)

90 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 Toasty and cedary, Clairault's 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon offers up an array of dark, earthy flavors reminiscent of mocha, cola, dark chocolate and cassis. It's full-bodied but smooth and supple with a long, silky finish that bodes well for mid-term aging. (JC)  (12/2017)

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Staff Image By: Heather Vander Wall | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 3/26/2018 | Send Email
I'm always on the hunt for Cabernet values, and this lovely wine from Clairault is a great new arrival, that completely blows me away at this price point. Don't hesitate to try this Cabernet--the wine shows serious attention to detail from the cool black fruit, subtle savory herbal notes, through to the well-integrated tannin and fine cut of acidity. Absolutely a food-friendly wine, this Cabernet is one of our very best new bottles!

Staff Image By: Andrew Stevens | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 1/30/2018 | Send Email
Margaret River Cabernet has quickly become my go-to for incredibly well done and affordable Cabernet. Often this region can showcase the beauty of New World fruit with Old World sensibilities. That is to say, beautiful rich full-bodied fruit backed by longer, leaner, casking. The Clairault White Label shows just this style beautifully. Lovely ripe black and red berry are tinged with savory herb and tobacco on the nose. On the palate, there is definitely plenty of tannin and structure, yet the finish manages to stay elegant on the finish. A perfect wine for a big meal and good times.

Staff Image By: Ryan Woodhouse | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 1/3/2018 | Send Email
The baby brother to Clairault's (Black Label) Estate Cab this sibling won't easily be outdone. Sharing many of the flagship's traits - juicy dark fruit, bay leaf, tobacco, mint, fine tannin and notable length - this is serious Cabernet for the money. Sourced from Clairault's estate holdings and some neighboring vineyards, this little guy packs some serious bang for the buck. If you like Cabernet from a more moderate to cool climate (think Bordeaux / Santa Cruz Mountains) this wine is more than worthy of your attention. Clairault is a new direct import for us at K&L and you can see the staff are already raving about them. Top value.
Drink from 2018 to 2024

Staff Image By: Brian Fogarty | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 1/3/2018 | Send Email
Margret River Cabernet is the gold standard on the continent for refined expressions and Clairault is a champion of that superior style. The white label wines are a good entry point into the Clairault lineup of wines and the 2014 cab delivers on their promise. Blackberries and spice pour out of the glass and the bouquet develops clarity with each inviting sniff: dried cherry, bay leaf, potpourri, hints of tar and a dusty earthiness all jockey for attention. On the palate the wine continues its bold features with a round yet balanced presence that includes medium weight tannins and the introduction of cassis in the fruit profile.

Staff Image By: Stefanie Juelsgaard | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 12/30/2017 | Send Email
If you are looking for an affordable, quintessentially Margaret River Cab Sauv, look no further than this guy. It shows the classic hints of stemmy, woodsiness many of the Cabs from this area carry, and that is a great thing. These are unique wines and an incredible value from a well-loved estate. Still tasting pretty young, I believe this one to have great aging potential. Well deserved of its 94 point score, Clairault Cabs should be on you radar if they are not already.

Staff Image By: Kirk Walker | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 12/29/2017 | Send Email
Intense nose with concentrated dark fruits, tapenade, bay leaf and a hint of eucalyptus. The nose is impressive, inviting and complex. Ripe and rich entry with round mouth filling polished tannins with just a hint of oak. The dark fruits are back with a brighter berry nose as well as tapenade and muted herbal notes. What a deal!

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Varietal:

Cabernet Sauvignon and Blends

- Cabernet Sauvignon has come a long way from its role as a blending varietal, however dominant, in the wines of Bordeaux. Today it is the most planted red varietal in the world. Identified as a descendent of Cabernet Franc and Sauvignon Blanc, the late-ripening Cabernet Sauvignon needs to be planted in warmer climates to fully ripen. Its small berries can easily be identified for their distinctive blue color, thick skins and high tannins. And while the varietal has its own definitive characteristics: green pepper-like aromas and black currant flavors among them, it is perhaps most prized for its ability to convey terroir, vintage and winemaking. A relatively new varietal, Cabernet Sauvignon started making inroads into the wines of the Médoc and Graves in the late-18th century. Today it is also dominant in the up-and-coming Entre-Deux-Mers region of Bordeaux and can also be found in Southwest France. It is the companion varietal to Sangiovese in Italy's Super Tuscans and is planted all over Europe, stretching to lesser-known winegrowing regions like Russia and Lebanon. In the Americas Cabernet Sauvignon has found champions in every nook and cranny of California and among winemakers in Washington, where it complements plantings of Merlot. In South America, Cab thrives in Chile, but can also be found in smaller amounts in Argentina and even in Mexico.
Country:

Australia

- While it is true that the greatest strides in Australian winemaking have come in the last 30 years or so, commercial viticulture began as early as the 1820s and has developed uninterrupted ever since. The majority of the great wine regions are in the southeastern area of the continent, including Barossa Valley, Clare Valley, McLaren Vale, and Coonawarra in South Australia; Yarra Yarra Valley and Pyrenees in Victoria; and the Upper and Lower Hunter Valleys in New South Wales. Many of the wines from Southeastern Australia are based on Shiraz or Cabernet Sauvignon and various blends including Grenache and Mourvedre. In Western Australia, along the Margaret River, great strides are being made with Pinot Noir as well as Bordeaux-styled reds. There are also many world-class releases of Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc from the land Down Under, where Riesling also enjoys international acclaim. While many equate Aussie wines with “value,” there are more than a few extremely rare and pricey options, which never fail to earn the highest ratings from wine publications and critics throughout the world.
Sub-Region:

Western Australia

Specific Appellation:

Margaret River

Alcohol Content (%): 14