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: 2023, 2022, 2021, 2020, 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

24 Vintages 38,687 Views Sort by Vintage-Rating

2022
91
Green apples and juicy, fresh lemons are all over the place here, in the nose, and on the crisp, sweet, citrus filed palate. Drink from 2024-2028. 91-91 Pts.

Green apples and juicy, fresh lemons are all over the place here, in the nose, and on the crisp, sweet, citrus filed palate. Drink from 2024-2028. 91-91 Pts.

1,634 Views   Tasted
2022
90
Soft, round, polished, fruity, forward and ready to go, with a touch of chalk in the savory, plummy finish. Drink from 2025-2030. 89-91 Pts.

Soft, round, polished, fruity, forward and ready to go, with a touch of chalk in the savory, plummy finish. Drink from 2025-2030. 89-91 Pts.

1,633 Views   Tasted
2022
90
Forward, round, lush, and fruity, with layers of black cherry, plum, espresso, and cocoa from the start to creamy finish. Drink from 2025-2032. 89-91 Pts.

Forward, round, lush, and fruity, with layers of black cherry, plum, espresso, and cocoa from the start to creamy finish. Drink from 2025-2032. 89-91 Pts.

1,534 Views   Tasted
2021
91
The bright, fresh, crisp, juicy nature here creates the perfect backdrop for all the white peach, lemons, flowers and grapefruit that are on display in the nose and on the palate. Drink from 2023-2030. 91

The bright, fresh, crisp, juicy nature here creates the perfect backdrop for all the white peach, lemons, flowers and grapefruit that are on display in the nose and on the palate. Drink from 2023-2030. 91

1,282 Views   Tasted
2021
90
Leafy herbs, flowers, espresso, red fruits and a touch of cocoa come through easily in this medium-bodied, soft, round, polished, fresh, fruity wine. Drink from 2023-2032. 89-91

Leafy herbs, flowers, espresso, red fruits and a touch of cocoa come through easily in this medium-bodied, soft, round, polished, fresh, fruity wine. Drink from 2023-2032. 89-91

1,194 Views   Tasted
2021
89
Minty herbs, flowers, cherries and plums come through easily on this medium-bodied, soft, round palate. Drink from 2023-2029. 88-90

Minty herbs, flowers, cherries and plums come through easily on this medium-bodied, soft, round palate. Drink from 2023-2029. 88-90

1,220 Views   Tasted
2020
91
Creamy grapefruit and lemon with a strong floral character, freshness is crisp and fruity in the citrusy finish. 91 Pts

Creamy grapefruit and lemon with a strong floral character, freshness is crisp and fruity in the citrusy finish. 91 Pts

1,450 Views   Tasted
2020
90
Flowers, espresso, cherries and licorice on the nose and medium-bodied, fresh, soft palate create a forward, easy to drink and like wine. 89-91 Pts

Flowers, espresso, cherries and licorice on the nose and medium-bodied, fresh, soft palate create a forward, easy to drink and like wine. 89-91 Pts

1,305 Views   Tasted
2020
89
Medium-bodied, soft, ripe, fresh, sweet, accessible, red berry filled wine with nuances of flowers, spice and licorice to add complexities. This is already quite fun to drink. 88-90 Pts

Medium-bodied, soft, ripe, fresh, sweet, accessible, red berry filled wine with nuances of flowers, spice and licorice to add complexities. This is already quite fun to drink. 88-90 Pts

1,434 Views   Tasted
2019
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

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

2,763 Views   Tasted
2019
89
Licorice, flowers, dark cherries and cocoa from start to finish in this round, soft, easy to like charmer. 88-90 Pts

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

2,585 Views   Tasted
2019
88
Medium-bodied, soft, forward and fruity, this is great for early drinking pleasure. 87-89 Pts

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

1,897 Views   Tasted
2018
90
Creamy, juicy, fresh, crisp, lemon, white peach and green apple packed, floral wine with touches of mango and yellow citrus in the finish.

Creamy, juicy, fresh, crisp, lemon, white peach and green apple packed, floral wine with touches of mango and yellow citrus in the finish.

828 Views   Tasted
2018
90
Mineral-driven red fruits kick everything off. This smoky, fruit filled gem comes along with spearmint, forest leaf, caramel and spice. Soft, round and forward, this is already quite fun to drink.

Mineral-driven red fruits kick everything off. This smoky, fruit filled gem comes along with spearmint, forest leaf, caramel and spice. Soft, round and forward, this is already quite fun to drink.

708 Views   Tasted
2018
89
Flowers, cherries and plums complete for your attention. Soft, silky and polished, medium-bodied and forward, with a touch of chocolate along with all the sweet, juicy fruits in the finish.

Flowers, cherries and plums complete for your attention. Soft, silky and polished, medium-bodied and forward, with a touch of chocolate along with all the sweet, juicy fruits in the finish.

1,045 Views   Tasted
2017
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.

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.

1,339 Views   Tasted
2016
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.

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.

1,700 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.

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.

1,460 Views   Tasted
2016
87
Medium bodied, forward, easy drinking, red berry and herb filled wine for early drinking pleasure.

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

1,710 Views   Tasted
2015
90
With a blast of fresh grapefruit, lemon peel, zippy acidity and easy drinking pleasure at a great price.

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

1,363 Views   Tasted
2014
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.

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.

2,109 Views   Tasted
2013
88
Early drinking, fresh, fruity, and refreshing, with a bright, lemon peel, grapefruit and sweet, light, tropical accent in its character.

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

1,535 Views   Tasted
2012
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.

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.

1,831 Views   Tasted
2011
87
Fully mature, with its sweet, fresh lemon peel and floral personality, this will be best in its youth.

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

1,371 Views   Tasted
2010
88
With a blast of floral, citrus, honeysuckle and zesty lemon peel, this is at peak and fun to drink.

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

1,757 Views   Tasted