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Chateau La Clotte (Futures Pre-Sale) 2018

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JD 96
Jeb Dunnuck
From an estate purchased by Ausone in 2014, the 2018 Château La Clotte looks to be a sensational wine in the making, and I think it’s probably going to surpass both the 2015 and 2016. A blend of 85% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Sauvignon, and 5% Cabernet Franc, this deeply colored Saint-Émilion offers a smoky, blackcurrant, black cherry, and graphite-driven bouquet. This carries to a medium to full-bodied red that has a stacked mid-palate, tons of ripe, sexy fruit, building tannins, and a great finish. It’s a brilliant Saint-Émilion that’s going to need short-term cellaring but will cruise in cool cellars for two decades or more.
Barrel Sample: 94-96+
WE 95
Wine Enthusiast
A small percentage of Cabernet Sauvignon in this blend makes a potent difference to a wine that already has great spice and structure. It is a powerful wine from an estate that continues to develop under Ausone's Vauthier family portfolio.
Barrel Sample: 93-95
RP 95
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The 2018 La Clotte is made up of 85% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Sauvignon and 5% Cabernet Franc. Deep purple-black in color, it leaps from the glass with gregarious scents of crushed blueberries, Morello cherries and black raspberries with touches of oolong tea, violets, mocha and cigar box plus a waft of cedar. Full-bodied with a solid frame of fine-grained tannins and oodles of freshness, it is packed with vibrant black and blue fruits layers, finishing long with great purity.
Barrel Sample: 93-95+
JS 94
James Suckling
A tight and firm red with dark berries and wet earth. Medium-bodied, racy and bright. Shows tension and structure for the vintage.
Barrel Sample: 93-94
D 94

As the Vauthier influence continues to be felt, this is definitely a wine to watch this year. It's a powerful wine with this juicy, seductive texture to the fruit that you see in so many of the best wines in 2018. It's fleshy and brambly, with finely tuned tannins and gorgeous lift through the finish. Drinking Window 2026 - 2040. Barrel Sample: 94

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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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