Chateau La Voute St. Emilion Bordeaux, Complete Guide

Learn everything about Chateau La Voute 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 Voute History, Overview

The modern era for Chateau La Voute starts in 1993 when the Right Bank estate was purchased by
Gaetan Moreau. 10 years after getting his feet wet as a vigneron, the estate underwent a multi-year, complete renovation of the property, cellars, and chateau, modernizing the chateau. They also brought in the team of Michel Rolland.

Chateau La Voute Vineyards, Terroir, Grapes, Winemaking

The diminutive 2.27-hectare vineyard of Chateau La Voute is planted to 100% Merlot. Located due east of the Saint Emilion village, in the commune of Saint-Etienne-de-Lisse, the vineyard is situated not far from Chateau Fleur Cardinale, Chateau Fombrauge, and Valandraud. The terroir is clay and limestone soils. They have old vines. On average, the vines are maintained at 45 years of age.

To produce the wine of Chateau La Voute, vinification takes place in the tank. Malolactic fermentation takes place in new, French oak barrels. The wine is then aged in 100% new, French oak barrels for between 14 to 16 months. The amount of aging varies due to the style and character of the vintage.

The best vintages of Chateau La Voute are: 2020, 2019, 2018, 2017, 2016 and 2015.

The production of Chateau La Voute is quite small, averaging just about 600 cases of wine per vintage. There is a second wine, The Keystone.

When to Drink Chateau La Voute, Anticipated Maturity, Decanting Time

Chateau La Voute is better with at least 2-4 years of bottle age. Of course, that can vary slightly, depending on the vintage.

Chateau La Voute is best enjoyed in the first 5-17 years of life. Young vintages can be decanted for about 1 hour. This allows the wine to soften and open its perfume. Older vintages might need very little decanting, just enough to remove the sediment.

Serving Chateau La Voute with Wine, Food, and Pairing Tips

Chateau La Voute 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 Voute is best served with all types of classic meat dishes, veal, pork, beef, lamb, duck, game, roast chicken, roasted, braised, and grilled dishes. Chateau La Voute is a perfect match with Asian dishes, hearty fish courses like tuna, mushrooms, and pasta as well as cheese.

Château La Voute Wine Tasting Notes

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2020 Château La Voute  (St. Émilion Grand Cru) 93

Almost opaque in color, the wine is equally dark on the palate. With a nose that starts off with liqueur scents of blackberry, plum, licorice, cocoa and cherry, the wine hits your palate with layers of lush, ripe, deep, vibrant fruits, silky tannins and waves of sweet, dark berries in the finish. 92-94 Pts

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2019 Château La Voute  (St. Émilion Grand Cru) 94

Smoke, espresso, Indian spices, licorice and dark, black cherry aromas create the perfume. On the palate, the wine is even better with all of its plush, polished rich layers of opulent, plums, cherries and chocolate. Sweet, lush and rich, this is already a treat to taste and it is going to be even better with a few years of age. Drink from 2023-2036. 94 Points

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Dark in hue, with a swirl or two, you run into smoke, licorice, coffee bean, vanilla and black cherries. The wine is forward, hedonistic and juicy, with a big blast of licorice and black cherries in the plush finish. 92-94 Pts

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2018 Château La Voute  (St. Émilion Grand Cru) 93

Deep and dark in color and in fruit, the wine loads you up with licorice, espresso bean, smoke, chocolate and black cherries. Lush, opulent and silky, with layers of sweet, ripe plums, cherries and blackberries, with plenty of chocolate in the finish, this is so good to drink now, yet it will be even better with a few years of age. 93 Points

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Deep, dark, ripe and fleshy, with loads of ripe black cherries, licorice, smoke, plums and chocolate. Lushly textured and rich, the plush textured finish serves up ripe fruits and cocoa. 92-94 Pts

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2017 Château La Voute  (St. Émilion Grand Cru) 91

Sweet and round with an interest-piquing blend of chocolate, plum, licorice and dark cherries, the wine is soft, sweet and forward. There is an agreeable texture and sweetness to the fruit. Another new discover for me this year, Michel rolland is the consultant. The vineyards are located close to Valandraud and Fleur Cardinale. It will be interesting to see who the wine and subsequent vintages develop. 91 Points

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2016 Château La Voute  (St. Émilion Grand Cru) 93

Flowers, black cherries, plum, licorice and chocolate, dark cherries and a very supple, plush texture is what you will find here. Good concentration, silky textures and freshness in the fruit stands out here. Another new discover for me this year, Michel Rolland is the consultant. The vineyards are located close to Valandraud and Fleur Cardinale. 93 Points

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2015 Château La Voute  (St. Émilion Grand Cru) 88

Forward, close to developed, medium-bodied, earthy chunky, red plum focused wine for current drinking. Subsequent vintages are markedly better. 88 Points

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