2008 Chapoutier & Laughton Shiraz Cluster M45
Syrah - 750ML
  • IWC 91

Reg: $79.94

$69.94

In Stock: 12 btls
Ships Inmediately

Pre-Arrival: 0 btls
ETA: Sep. 2017

Reg: $79.94

$69.94

In Stock: 12 btls
Ships Inmediately

Pre-Arrival: 0 btls
ETA: Sep. 2017

Shipping info Storage info

IWC 91
Stephen Tanzer's IWC - Stephen Tanzer's IWC, July 2011
Inky purple. Heady aromas of blueberry, singed plum, violet and cola, with a sexy note of mocha and a touch of black olive. Ripe dark berry flavors are lifted by tangy acidity, which adds back-end cut and focus. Rich but... Inky purple. Heady aromas of blueberry, singed plum, violet and cola, with a sexy note of mocha and a touch of black olive. Ripe dark berry flavors are lifted by tangy acidity, which adds back-end cut and focus. Rich but energetic wine with very good finishing power and lingering sweetness. This should drink well young but has the depth to age. - Josh Raynolds
Color & Type Red
Varietal Syrah
Country Australia
Region Victoria
Sub-region Heathcote
Vintage 2008
Percent alcohol 15.5%
Closure Cork

Label

Chapoutier & Laughton Cluster M45 is 100% Shiraz. Grapes are gently destemmed, and then fermented for six weeks in open concrete vats using indigenous yeasts. The lightly pressed wine is cellared with minimal intervention in Heathcote. Aging lasts 12 months in new French oak casks.

The wine has complex aromas of red berries and spices and, on the palate, outstanding elegance and power. It combines minerality and precision, perfectly reflecting the terroir of Heathcote. The wine will benefit from another 2 to 3 years in bottle and age well for 20+ years.

Winery

Chapoutier & Laughton

Chapoutier is one of the oldest wine producers in the Rhone Valley with a history dating back to 1808. A distant ancestor, Polydor Chapoutier, was the first to buy vines there, shifting from being a simple grape grower to making and trading his own wine. For the last two hundred years, the estate has been producing some of the greatest wines in the Rhone Valley. Today, the range also includes wines from some Roussillon appellations as well as projects in Portugal and Australia.

Under Michel Chapoutier’s leadership, quality has improved and Chapoutier gained international recognition. The massive negociant and winery produces single-vineyard expressions and classic wines from a range of appellations in the north and south of the valley.

In 1997, true to his pioneering spirit, Michel Chapoutier set out to explore the terroirs of the oldest continent: Australia. He bought land and joined forces with Ron and Elva Laughton from Jasper Hill, the iconic estate based in Heathcote on a very unusual, early Cambrian soil.

They planted new vineyards using original Syrah cuttings taken from the hillside of Tain l’Hermitage in the Northern Rhone which are 80-100 years old. Quarantined in Australia and then propagated without the use of rootstock, the vines were planted alongside Australian Shiraz to produce a “best of both worlds” vineyard called La Pleiade, for a star cluster visible from Australia and France, to celebrate their global friendship in wine.

With the Laughton’s complementary know-how and experience, the result is exceptional Shiraz wines, displaying great elegance and mineral purity.