Chateau La Grande Clotte Lussac St. Emilion, Complete Guide

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Learn everything about Chateau La Grande Clotte Blanc Lussac St. Emilion with wine tasting notes and wine with food pairing tips. Learn the best vintages, a history of the property, information on the vineyards and winemaking. If you want to read about other important, Bordeaux Chateaux: Links to all Bordeaux Wine Producer Profiles

Chateau La Grande Clotte History, Overview

Chateau La Grande Clotte is managed by Michel Rolland and Dany Rolland under a leasing agreement. While the property has vines for the production of red wine, it is the white Bordeaux wine of Chateau La Grande Clotte Blanc that is the focus on the vineyard and the estate.

The vineyard is located in the Lussac St. Emilion, satellite appellation. However, because the rules of the appellation allow only for the production of red wine, Chateau La Grande Clotte Blanc is sold as a generic, AOC Bordeaux Blanc.

The reason is that even though the cooler, stony terroir is better suited for their white wine grapes, appellation law forbids the planting of white wine grapes. The red wine is sold as a Lussac St. Emilion.

Chateau La Grande Clotte Vineyards, Terroir, Grapes, Winemaking

The 8.4 hectare vineyard of Chateau La Grande Clotte is planted the red wine, 7 hectares are planted to 80% Merlot and 20% Cabernet Franc. 1.4 hectares are reserved for white wine grape varieties, which are planted to 60% Sauvignon Gris, 25% Sauvignon Blanc and 15% Muscadelle.

The terroir is clay, gravel, sand and limestone soils. The vines are now obtaining a good age, as they were planted in 1992.

To produce Chateau La Grande Clotte Blanc, vinification takes place in 100% new, French oak barrels. The estate believes in stirring of the lees. The wine is aged for between 8 to 10 months prior to bottling, which is always done without fining or filtering. On average, the production of Chateau La Grande Clotte Blanc is only 400 cases of wine per vintage.

The red wine of Chateau La Grande Clotte is aged in a combination of one and two year old, used oak barrels and has a much larger production as it’s close to 4,000 cases per year.

The best vintages of Chateau La Grande Clotte are: 2019, 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2010 and 2009.

When to Drink Chateau La Grande Clotte, Anticipated Maturity, Decanting Time

Chateau La Grande Clotte Blanc is best on release and to drink on the young side. Chateau La Grande Clotte Blanc offers its best drinking and should reach peak maturity between 1-5 years of age after the vintage.

Serving Chateau La Grande Clotte with Wine, Food, Pairing Tips

Chateau La Grande Clotte is best served at 15.5 degrees Celsius, 60 degrees Fahrenheit. The cool, almost cellar temperature gives the wine more freshness and lift.

Chateau La Grande Clotte Blanc is perfect with all types of seafood, shell fish, lobster, crab, sushi, sashimi and a wide array of cheeses.

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Château La Grande Clotte Wine Tasting Notes

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2019 Château La Grande Clotte Blanc  (Bordeaux) 91

Vivacious, fresh, yellow citrus fruits with a touch of honey, flowers and nuts on the nose and round, lush, fruity palate. This is ready to go and provides a lot of bang for the buck! 91 Pts

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2019 Château La Grande Clotte L'Envolée  (Lussac-St. Émilion) 89

Licorice, flowers, dark cherries and cocoa from start to finish in this round, soft, easy to like charmer. 88-90 Pts

2,147 Views   Tasted
2019 Château La Grande Clotte  (Lussac-St. Émilion) 88

Medium-bodied, soft, forward and fruity, this is great for early drinking pleasure. 87-89 Pts

1,504 Views   Tasted
2017 Château La Grande Clotte Blanc  (Bordeaux) 90

A fresh, forward, juicy, summer white wine with a density of sweet, yellow citrus fruits, honeysuckle and orange notes on the back end. Drink this over the next few years.

1,162 Views   Tasted
2016 Château La Grande Clotte Blanc  (Bordeaux) 90

Lively, fresh, vibrant and floral, the blast of juicy ripe, yellow citrus and honeysuckle hits the spot, especially when you pair it on a hit summer day with fresh grilled fish.

1,536 Views   Tasted

Citrus, flowers and lemon rind, with hints of tropical fruit create the nose. Medium bodied, with a juicy, ripe, blast of citrus in the finish, the wine was made from 40% Sauvignon Blanc, 25% Semillon 20% Sauvignon Gris and 15% Muscadelle.

1,337 Views   Tasted 90
2016 Château La Grande Clotte L'Envolée  (Lussac-St. Émilion) 87

Medium bodied, forward, easy drinking, red berry and herb filled wine for early drinking pleasure.

1,552 Views   Tasted
2015 Château La Grande Clotte Blanc  (Bordeaux) 90

With a blast of fresh grapefruit, lemon peel, zippy acidity and easy drinking pleasure at a great price.

1,187 Views   Tasted
2014 Château La Grande Clotte Blanc  (Bordeaux) 89

Fresh, bright, easy drinking blend of crisp citrus and sweet tropical fruits with nice, racy acidity. This is a great, well priced, late afternoon quaffer.

1,803 Views   Tasted
2013 Château La Grande Clotte Blanc  (Bordeaux) 88

Early drinking, fresh, fruity, and refreshing, with a bright, lemon peel, grapefruit and sweet, light, tropical accent in its character.

1,419 Views   Tasted
2012 Château La Grande Clotte Blanc  (Bordeaux) 88

Fresh flowers, ripe, just squeezed grapefruit and a hint of honey, along with a fresh, refreshing, bright flavor profile is what you find with this well priced, easy to drink Bordeaux Blanc. This is a wine for early drinking consumption.

1,494 Views   Tasted
2011 Château La Grande Clotte Blanc  (Bordeaux) 87

Fully mature, with its sweet, fresh lemon peel and floral personality, this will be best in its youth.

1,259 Views   Tasted
2010 Château La Grande Clotte Blanc  (Bordeaux) 88

With a blast of floral, citrus, honeysuckle and zesty lemon peel, this is at peak and fun to drink.

1,586 Views   Tasted