Chateau Ballan Larquette is from the award winning estates owned by Regis Chaigne, whose family have been wine makers for six generations. Ballan Larquette lies in a tiny village named St Laurent du Bois (St Lawrence in the Woods).
Clairet is unique to Bordeaux and is different to Rosé; being both deeper and darker, with more fruit flavours, power and structure. It has its own AOC: Bordeaux Clairet, to regulate its production. If the name sounds familiar, that’s because Clairet was the style of Bordeaux enjoyed in England until the 18th century – hence the name Claret!
Ballan Larquette really is a beautiful presentation of a Clairet produced in Bordeaux. It is perfect as an aperitif and is fabulous with food – in fact Regis calls it ‘The Rose of Family Cuisine’. Ballan Larquette will accompany seafood, grilled meats, rabbit and fish, salads, Asian cuisine and prime rib of beef.
Press Reviews: Richard Mark James – Wine Writing
Château Ballan-Larquette Bordeaux Clairet – rich vibrant colour and red fruit cocktail on the nose / palate vs oily creamy flavours and texture, fairly full-bodied with ‘sweet’ cherry / berry fruit vs crisp fresh bite on the finish. Serious foodie rosé.
Clairet is a full bodied style of Rose particular to Bordeaux and if the name sounds familiar, that’s probably because it was the most common style of Bordeaux enjoyed in England until the 18th century – hence the name claret. It has a distinctive rich colour and a ripe strawberry nose. On the palate it’s brimming with lovely round red fruits – cherries and a hint of rose petals; summer in a glass, great value too.
Andrew Barrow, The Observor
On a man-acceptance scale this (colour aside), is right up there. Dry and delicious with or without food, it’s a classic Bordeaux spread but made to be a rosé rather than a red. Someone at least has been listening to what the British consumer really wants and has responded with a wine of excellent structure, fresh, clean flavours that end with raspberry jelly that also has a gorgeous mouth-feel and surprisingly good length.
Ned Halley, The Western Daily Press, Today’s Tipple
Clairet is a Bordeaux name for rose, made by keeping the juice on the skins just long enough to impart a nice pink hue, and lots of character and flavour, too. This wine is a vivid magenta colour, smells of fruit blossom and is packed with strawberry-blackcurrant flavour. It is crunchy fresh, yet long on the finish. Easily the best rose I have tasted this year, it’s simply delicious.
Clive Platman, The Birmingham Post, Food and Drink
Uncommon in the UK, a clairet is a deeper-hued rosé, benefiting from long skin contact with the juice. Fuller on, this gave deep flavours of plum infused with spice.
Charlotte Lessing, The Lady
A surprise delivery of Bordeaux wines from an online wine shop . . . for those who appreciate quality wines but can never seem to find a reliable source . . . it’s intense colour is fullon the nose with red fruit aromas including strawberries and redcurrants. With smooth tannins, plenty of fruit, it has what they call “a slight hint of sweetness”. Once again the sweet taste almost put me off but as I went on enjoying the frutiness and the easy drinking I thought it would be popular.
Learn more about Clairet on Nicks Blog: Bordeaux Clairet – A Rose By Another Name