2021 - Ch La Clotte Grand Cru St Emilion
Colour
Red
Producer
Château la Clotte
Region
St Emilion
Grape
Merlot / Cabernet Franc / Cabernet Sauvignon
Drinking
2027 - 2042
Case size
6x75cl
En Primeur

2021 CH LA CLOTTE GRAND CRU ST EMILION - 6x75cl

Colour
Red
Producer
Château la Clotte
Region
St Emilion
Grape
Merlot / Cabernet Franc / Cabernet Sauvignon
Drinking
2027 - 2042
Case size
6x75cl
En Primeur
In Bond
Case price £370.00 (Ex. VAT)
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Tasting Notes

  • NM

    Neal Martin, April 2022,
    Score: 90-92

    The 2021 La Clotte was picked October 2 and 6 for the Merlot and Cabernet Franc, respectively, and matured entirely in new oak. It has a well-defined nose of black cherries and light blueberry fruit, floral as usual, though not as decadent as previous vintages (as expected). The palate is medium-bodied with pliant tannins and good density, though maybe just missing a little amplitude and complexity on the finish at the moment. Fresh, yet you feel it is holding something back. Very correct. Drink 2026 - 2046

  • WA

    Wine Advocate, April 2022,
    Score: 91-93

    Aromas of sweet berries, cherries and rose petals, framed by nicely integrated new oak, preface the 2021 La Clotte, a medium to full-bodied, supple and charming wine that's beautifully refined and intensely flavored, concluding with a long, saline finish. It's a blend of 85% Merlot and 15% Cabernet Franc from the Vauthier family of Château Ausone.

  • AG

    Antonio Galloni, April 2022,
    Score: 90-92

    The 2021 La Clotte is an attractive, soft wine. Bright red/purplish fruit, gentle spice, a touch of new oak and mocha come together nicely. The 2021 is a pretty, mid-weight La Clotte that will drink well with minimal cellaring. Franc aromatics, such a signature of this wine, aren't quite apparent. La Clotte does its malo in oak, and there is a bit of cooperage that needs to integrate. Drink 2024-2033

  • GDH

    Goedhuis, April 2022,
    Score: 93-95

    This south facing vineyard of just four hectares on the limestone slopes to the south-west of St Emilion escaped the ravages of the frost that hit many of the other Vauthier family vineyards in the lower plains. At just 12.4% alcohol it is one of the lowest of the vintage representing a blend of 85% Merlot and 15% Cabernet Franc. A combination of herbal aromas and wild hedgerow fruits, there is St Emilion grace and elegance here, with a juicy richness and the bitter orange finish giving the wine bite and personality.

  • WCI

    Wine Cellar Insider, April 2022,
    Score: 91-93

    Flowers, black raspberries, cocoa and plum notes open the perfume. Silky, soft and fresh, with an earthy, dark cherry and chocolate core of energetic fruits on the mid-palate and in the vibrant finish. The wine was produced from 85% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Sauvignon and 5% Cabernet Franc. 12.5% ABV. Drink from 2025-2039.

  • JA

    Jane Anson, April 2022,
    Score: 93

    La Clotte is one to watch over the next decade, a true insider's wine that is blossoming under the Ausone team (owners since 2014). This has gorgeous limestone character, sappy, plump but understated rich red fruit character and with spicy, herbal nuances that reveal themselves as it opens in the glass. Harvest October 2 to 6 (over those two separate days because this is just 4ha of vines). Conversion to organic farming since 2020. Old vines, average age 57 years, Thierry Lezin cellar master.

  • MJ

    Matthew Jukes, May 2022,
    Score: 17

    This is a focused and linear style with a decent amount of juiciness the length of its flavour. Pliable cherry and plum fruit make this a pleasurable wine to taste at this early stage of its life. The oak and tannin elements are honed, smooth and nicely organised, leaving a fresh feel on the back of the palate as opposed to any astringency. This will be a forward La Clotte, but it has enough tension to allow it to evolve for some time, and I imagine that the flavour will grow a touch, too.

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Producer

Château la Clotte

Region

St Emilion

South of Pomerol lies the medieval, perched village of St Emilion. Surrounding St Emilion are vines that produce round, rich and often hedonistic wines. Despite a myriad of soil types, two main ones dominate - the gravelly, limestone slopes that delve down to the valley from the plateau and the valley itself which is comprised of limestone, gravel, clay and sand. Despite St Emilion's popularity today, it was not until the 1980s to early 1990s that attention was brought to this region. Robert Parker, the famous wine critic, began reviewing their Merlot-dominated wines and giving them hefty scores. The rest is history as they say. Similar to the Médoc, there is a classification system in place which dates from 1955 and outlines several levels of quality. These include its regional appellation of St Emilion, St Emilion Grand Cru, St Emilion Grand Cru Classé and St Emilion Premier Grand Cru Classé, which is further divided into "A" (Ausone and Cheval Blanc) and "B" (including Angélus, Canon, Figeac and a handful of others). To ensure better accuracy, the classification is redone every 10 years enabling certain châteaux to be upgraded or downgraded depending on on the quality of their more recent vintages.