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Verité Le Désir Sonoma County 2015

Red Wine from USA

R8,995

Verité’s wines perfectly blend Bordeaux craft and California Terroir, and are First Growth amongst the best wines in the world. Le Désir is the Cabernet Franc led blend

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Description

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Additional information

Curated Selection

Top Rated

Grape Variety

Bordeaux Blend, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Other Varietals

Producer

Other Producers

Product Type

Red Wine

Vintage

2015

Wine Group

Prestige

Wine Occasion

Indulgence, Icon & Invest

Wine Region

USA

Critics Top Rating

100 points

Story

Story

Verité (=’Truth’ in French) is an ultra-premium venture from Sonoma county, California between Jackson Family Wine & renowned French Winemaker Pierre Seillan

Known for top-notch wines, Verité excels at producing elegant and flavorful Bordeaux-inspired red blends that regularly receive top marks from the critics – with their wines having been awarded perfect 100 points by Robert Parker 15 times since their debut in 1998.

Terroir is key at Verité, where each micro-cru in each vineyard is prized for its unique attributes and painstakingly blended to create the perfect cuvée.

Robert Parker:

“These extraordinary wines, built for the long term (much like top Bordeaux), are fashioned from some of the finest fruit sources Jess Jackson owns in Sonoma County. I have purchased and loved these cuvees from the beginning”

This winery, one of the gems of the Kendall-Jackson portfolio of boutique wineries, debuted in 1998 and has been hitting on all cylinders since. I suspect top priority is given to Bordelais winemaker Pierre Seillan’s choice of the finest fruit he can find from Jackson’s holdings in Alexander Valley, Chalk Hill and Knights Valley. There are three Bordeaux-inspired cuvées made, with La Muse the Right Bank Pomerol style of wine dominated by Merlot, La Joie a Médoc-like blend dominated by Cabernet Sauvignon, and Le Desir a St.-Emilion-oriented wine dominated by Cabernet Franc. Percentages of these principal grapes all change with the vintage, but those varieties are clearly the strength of each cuvée. Kudos once again to Pierre Seillan!’

Specifications

Specifications

Blend – Cabernet-Franc based as per the legendary Right Bank wines: 64% Cab Franc, 27% Merlot, 5% Cab Sauv, 4% Malbec

Tasting Notes

Tasting Notes

Le Désir is a little reticent at this very youthful stage, offering glimpses at dusty soil, iron ore, black truffles and salami notes over a core of red currant jelly, black raspberries, blackberries and star anise plus a waft of roses. Medium-bodied, very firm and very elegant yet incredibly intense in the mouth, it delivers loads of red fruit and earthy layers, finishing with great length and depth.

Critic Ratings

Critic Ratings

Robert Parker Wine Advocate – 100Pts

“A blend of 64% Cabernet Franc, 27% Merlot, 5% Cabernet Sauvignon and 4% Malbec, the very deep garnet-purple colored 2015 Le Désir is a little reticent at this very youthful stage, offering glimpses at dusty soil, iron ore, black truffles and salami notes over a core of red currant jelly, black raspberries, blackberries and star anise plus a waft of roses. Medium-bodied, very firm and very elegant yet incredibly intense in the mouth, it delivers loads of red fruit and earthy layers, finishing with great length and depth. 2,500 cases produced.” –Lisa Perrotti-Brown


James Suckling – 98 points

14 Feb, 2018 – Love the aromas of black cherries and blackberries, violets and roses. Stunning. Full-bodied, layered and dense with focus and precision. Full tannins, yet compressed and polished. A great cabernet franc-based red. Give this four to five years of bottle age before drinking but already beautiful to taste.

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