2010 Chapoutier & Laughton Shiraz Cluster M45
Syrah - 750ML
  • WA 97
  • WS 93
  • IWC 92
  • WE 92

Reg: $79.94

$64.94

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Reg: $79.94

$64.94

This product is
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WA 97
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, February 2015
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... 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. - Lisa Perrotti-Brown
WS 93
Wine Spectator, June 2014
Taut, focused and vivid, with cinnamon-accented cherry and licorice flavors, impressively refined and harmonious through the finish. This tightly wound version needs cellaring to open up. Drink now through 2020. – HS
IWC 92
Stephen Tanzer's IWC, August 2013
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... 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.
WE 92
Wine Enthusiast, October 2014
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... 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.
Color & Type Red
Varietal Syrah
Country Australia
Region Victoria
Sub-region Heathcote
Vintage 2010

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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.