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Château La Clotte 2015

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The tiny 4-hectare vineyard of Château La Clotte sits just outside the village of St-Émilion. The vineyards are edged by a limestone cliff, in which there are caves – La Clotte is a local Gascon word for "cave dweller" – and these caves have conveniently become cellars for the winery.

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The tiny 4-hectare vineyard of Château La Clotte sits just outside the village of St-Émilion. The vineyards are edged by a limestone cliff, in which there are caves – La Clotte is a local Gascon word for "cave dweller" – and these caves have conveniently become cellars for the winery.

The vineyards are 80% Merlot, 15% Cabernet Franc, and 5% Cabernet Sauvignon, with an average age of around 40 years. The estate was originally owned by the de Grailly family far back as the 16th century, and was known as La Clotte de Grailly until 1913 when Sylvain Chailleau bought it and simplified the name.

In 2014 Alain Vauthier, owner of next-door Château Ausone, bought Château La Clotte, although it will continue to be run as a separate estate.

 

Decanter
Decanter
89 First year with full Ausone control. Only 3 hectares. Fragrant dark and red berry nose. Supple fruit, but chalky terroir provides freshness and firmness on the finish. Otherwise lightness of touch in terms of extraction.
Roger Voss - The Wine Enthusiast
The Wine Enthusiast
93 Almost all Merlot, this wine is aged in new wood that shows in its toasty character. It has spice, a dry core of structure that will dominate for a while. As a contrast, the acidity and the juicy fruitiness are all there.
Name Château La Clotte
Vintage 2015
Type Rouge / Red
Appellation Saint-Emilion
Classification Grand Cru Classé
Grape Varieties Merlot; Cabernet Franc
Format 750ml
Average Age of Vines 40 years old
Production 1,200 cases
Soil Clay over limestone
Winemaking Hand picked and sorted. Fermentation and maceration in oak vats with regular pumping over. MLF in barrels.
Ageing 15 months in oak barrels (50% new)
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Food Pairings Lamb; Game Animals; Beef
Occasions Romantic Dinner; Celebrations; Business Dinner; Anniversary
When to Drink Enjoy over the next 20 Years