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Chateau La Clotte 2016

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RP 95
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The 2016 La Clotte is made up of 85% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Sauvignon and 5% Cabernet Franc. Medium to deep garnet-purple colored, it opens with a beautiful floral nose of violets and roses over a core of crushed cherries, black plums and blueberry compote plus hints of camphor and coffee beans. Medium to full-bodied, the palate features super ripe, wonderfully fine-grained tannins and oodles of freshness seamlessly matching the delicate fruit nuances, leading to a very long, perfumed and classy finish.
JD 95
Jeb Dunnuck
An estate purchase by the team at Ausone in 2014, the 2016 Château La Clotte is a brilliant wine that delivers everything you could want from this vintage. Made from 85% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Sauvignon, and 5% Cabernet Franc, its deep purple color is followed by a medium to full-bodied, classic Saint-Emilion that has ultra-fine tannins, terrific balance, and a beautiful perfume of flowers, toasted bread, graphite, cassis, and black raspberries. Seemingly all about finesse and elegance, with flawless purity of fruit, it still packs plenty of intensity and length. It surpasses the 2015 and has 20-25 years of prime drinking ahead of it.
JS 94
James Suckling
Very attractive array of red fruit and brambly forest berries that lead to a very refined palate with super fine tannins and impressive freshness. So elegant. A blend of 85 per cent merlot, ten per cent cabernet sauvignon and five per cent cabernet franc. Try from 2022.
WE 93
Wine Enthusiast
This is a rich wine with bold tannins from a small property purchased in 2014 by the Vauthier family of Château Ausone. With its structure and density, the tannins show richly and the wine will develop with balance and style. Drink from 2023.
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D 92

An extremely precise, well-paced La Clotte vintage that shows the austerity of the property’s late-ripening terroir. The fruits are well brushed and the strands of flavour are clear: blackberries, slate, cold ash and wild flowers. 85% new oak. Drinking Window 2025 - 2040

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Chateau La Clotte

Chateau La Clotte

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Chateau La Clotte, France
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The land of this family-owned vineyard has been farmed for at least six generations. Over the course of the twentieth century, the great-grandparents and then the grandparents of current owner Régis Chaigne tended the land and the vines. Régis's father modernized the winemaking equipment and the wine was bottled on the estate for the first time in 1975.

Since 1992, Régis has continued to develop the vineyard. He has bought additional plots of land, he has developed sales, he has further modernized the winery and he has built a team up around him. He aims to develop the reputation of his estate via the internet and social media and also through the numerous competitions he enters, which have seen him and his wines win a great many medals and other prizes.

The estate covers 20 ha of the Entredeux-Mers, straddling the villages of St. Laurent du Bois, St. Martial and St. Pierre de Bat. The soil is made of chalk and clay.

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Marked by its historic fortified village—perhaps the prettiest in all of Bordeaux, the St-Émilion appellation, along with its neighboring village of Pomerol, are leaders in quality on the Right Bank of Bordeaux. These Merlot-dominant red wines (complemented by various amounts of Cabernet Franc and/or Cabernet Sauvignon) remain some of the most admired and collected wines of the world.

St-Émilion has the longest history in wine production in Bordeaux—longer than the Left Bank—dating back to an 8th century monk named Saint Émilion who became a hermit in one of the many limestone caves scattered throughout the area.

Today St-Émilion is made up of hundreds of independent farmers dedicated to the same thing: growing Merlot and Cabernet Franc (and tiny amounts of Cabernet Sauvignon). While always roughly the same blend, the wines of St-Émilion vary considerably depending on the soil upon which they are grown—and the soils do vary considerably throughout the region.

The chateaux with the highest classification (Premier Grand Cru Classés) are on gravel-rich soils or steep, clay-limestone hillsides. There are only four given the highest rank, called Premier Grand Cru Classés A (Chateau Cheval Blanc, Ausone, Angélus, Pavie) and 14 are Premier Grand Cru Classés B. Much of the rest of the vineyards in the appellation are on flatter land where the soils are a mix of gravel, sand and alluvial matter.

Great wines from St-Émilion will be deep in color, and might have characteristics of blackberry liqueur, black raspberry, licorice, chocolate, grilled meat, earth or truffles. They will be bold, layered and lush.

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One of the world’s most classic and popular styles of red wine, Bordeaux-inspired blends have spread from their homeland in France to nearly every corner of the New World. Typically based on either Cabernet Sauvignon or Merlot and supported by Cabernet Franc, Malbec and Petit Verdot, the best of these are densely hued, fragrant, full of fruit and boast a structure that begs for cellar time. Somm Secret—Blends from Bordeaux are generally earthier compared to those from the New World, which tend to be fruit-dominant.

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