8 of London’s best new restaurants for wine

6th September, 2017 by Lauren Eads

6. Clarette

From wine royalty comes Clarette, which is co-owned by Alexandra Petit – the youngest daughter of Château Margaux owner Corinne Mentzelopoulos. Petit’s co-owner is famed French restaurant consultant Natsuko Perromat du Marais, who spent 10 years working for the Alain Ducasse group, with Château Margaux brand ambassador Thibault Pontallier also on board.

Situated in a former pub in Marylebone, Clarette is split into three areas, including a second-floor private dining room, a ground floor bar with communal table and first floor restaurant.

As expected, its list heaps a special emphasis on Margaux, with vintages dating back to 1983 in a range of 75ml, Magnum and Jeroboam formats listed, however expect markups to match its prestige with a bottle of 2009 Margaux at £950 (typically around £600, according to Wine Searcher).

Aside from its Margaux offering, Clarette’s wine list is diverse, wide-ranging and approachable, and not at all intimidating – in a good way. Its list is both confident and assured, without being pretentious. Yes, it carries a an £1,800 magnum of 1996 Château Margaux, but its also offers a perfectly pleasant Italian Pecorino at £4.50 a glass.

Wine List Confidential overall position: 109

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