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Château La Clotte

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2023
93
Floral in nature, you also find notes of licorice, cherries, and red with black plums. The medium-bodied wine is soft, silky, vibrant, fresh, and spicy, with a lifted, red berry finish. You can enjoy this with just a year or two of aging. The wine blends 85% Merlot, with 15% Cabernet Franc. Drink from 2027-2042. 92-94 Pts.

Floral in nature, you also find notes of licorice, cherries, and red with black plums. The medium-bodied wine is soft, silky, vibrant, fresh, and spicy, with a lifted, red berry finish. You can enjoy this with just a year or two of aging. The wine blends 85% Merlot, with 15% Cabernet Franc. Drink from 2027-2042. 92-94 Pts.

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2022
94
Black plums, black cherries, licorice, and black raspberries with a floral edge lead to a richly-textured wine loaded with supple, creamy, soft, dark red fruits, licorice, spice, and salty chocolate that comes in at the backend of the finish. The wine blends 85% Merlot, with 15% Cabernet Franc. 15% ABV, 3.73 pH. Drink from 2025-2040. 93-95 Pts.

Black plums, black cherries, licorice, and black raspberries with a floral edge lead to a richly-textured wine loaded with supple, creamy, soft, dark red fruits, licorice, spice, and salty chocolate that comes in at the backend of the finish. The wine blends 85% Merlot, with 15% Cabernet Franc. 15% ABV, 3.73 pH. Drink from 2025-2040. 93-95 Pts.

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2021
92
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. 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. 91-93

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2020
95
Licorice, flowers, chocolate, black and blue fruits with crushed stones create the aromatic profile. The wine is fresh, lifted and packed with layers of perfectly ripe salty plums. The ocean-influenced theme continues all the way through to the long, expansive, leafy, spice-tinged finish. With its concentration, balance and elegance, this is the best vintage of La Clotte ever made. Prices have not yet caught up to the level of quality produced here. Drink from 2024-2050.

Licorice, flowers, chocolate, black and blue fruits with crushed stones create the aromatic profile. The wine is fresh, lifted and packed with layers of perfectly ripe salty plums. The ocean-influenced theme continues all the way through to the long, expansive, leafy, spice-tinged finish. With its concentration, balance and elegance, this is the best vintage of La Clotte ever made. Prices have not yet caught up to the level of quality produced here. Drink from 2024-2050.

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2018
94
Aromatically, the wine grabs you with notes of flowers, thyme, licorice, kirsch, espresso and cherries. Medium/full-bodied, silky, fresh and pure, you find depth of flavor, minerality, lush palate textures, vibrancy, length and loads of crushed rocks in the finish.

Aromatically, the wine grabs you with notes of flowers, thyme, licorice, kirsch, espresso and cherries. Medium/full-bodied, silky, fresh and pure, you find depth of flavor, minerality, lush palate textures, vibrancy, length and loads of crushed rocks in the finish.

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Medium/full-bodied, silky, fresh and pure, the wine has richness, depth, minerality, lush palate texture, length and a luxurious finish. This is a step up in quality for Chateau La Clotte. There is a real depth of flavor and opulence here in this vintage. 93-95 Pts

Medium/full-bodied, silky, fresh and pure, the wine has richness, depth, minerality, lush palate texture, length and a luxurious finish. This is a step up in quality for Chateau La Clotte. There is a real depth of flavor and opulence here in this vintage. 93-95 Pts

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2017
92
Black raspberry, plum and vanilla scents open the perfume. Soft, silky and filled with juicy, ripe plums, licorice and dark cherries, there is freshness and flesh here. The wine was produced from 85% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Sauvignon and 5% Cabernet Franc.

Black raspberry, plum and vanilla scents open the perfume. Soft, silky and filled with juicy, ripe plums, licorice and dark cherries, there is freshness and flesh here. The wine was produced from 85% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Sauvignon and 5% Cabernet Franc.

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2016
93
Deep red cherry and plums pop once the wine hits the glass. The wine is silky, polished, sweet and fresh. There is more purity of fruit than usual, which really lets the sweetness in the red fruits stand out. Medium-bodied, with a soft, inviting character, the freshness and sweet red berries in the finish really pop this year.

Deep red cherry and plums pop once the wine hits the glass. The wine is silky, polished, sweet and fresh. There is more purity of fruit than usual, which really lets the sweetness in the red fruits stand out. Medium-bodied, with a soft, inviting character, the freshness and sweet red berries in the finish really pop this year.

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Succulent fruits, stone, fresh red plum and licorice start the show. Medium/full bodied with ample fruits, spice, herbs and earth, the tannins are smooth and the fruit offers character and charm. The wine was made from a blend of 85% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Sauvignon and 5% Cabernet Franc. The harvest took place October 12 to October 17. I had thought the 2015 was going to remain their best wine ever, but with the 2016, this is a new level of quality here.

Succulent fruits, stone, fresh red plum and licorice start the show. Medium/full bodied with ample fruits, spice, herbs and earth, the tannins are smooth and the fruit offers character and charm. The wine was made from a blend of 85% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Sauvignon and 5% Cabernet Franc. The harvest took place October 12 to October 17. I had thought the 2015 was going to remain their best wine ever, but with the 2016, this is a new level of quality here.

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2015
93
If you're looking for a wine with real, character, minerality, depth of flavor and the ability to age at a fair price, look no further. This insider wine is loaded with earthy, stony, fresh, ripe fruits, silky tannins and layers of ripe, dark, dark red fruits in the finish. There is a real depth of flavor here. Drink it young or age it.

If you're looking for a wine with real, character, minerality, depth of flavor and the ability to age at a fair price, look no further. This insider wine is loaded with earthy, stony, fresh, ripe fruits, silky tannins and layers of ripe, dark, dark red fruits in the finish. There is a real depth of flavor here. Drink it young or age it.

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This could be one of the steals of the vintage. There is more density and sweetness in the fruits than I have ever seen at this estate. The texture is fat and plush, the wine has purity and finesse coupled with weight, intensity and character. There is a real depth of flavor here.

This could be one of the steals of the vintage. There is more density and sweetness in the fruits than I have ever seen at this estate. The texture is fat and plush, the wine has purity and finesse coupled with weight, intensity and character. There is a real depth of flavor here.

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2014
90
The first vintage from the new owners – the Vauthier family – this wine sports a mineral-driven, black raspberry and cherry personality with a sweet, soft, slightly dusty finish. 89-91 Pts

The first vintage from the new owners – the Vauthier family – this wine sports a mineral-driven, black raspberry and cherry personality with a sweet, soft, slightly dusty finish. 89-91 Pts

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2013
89
Fresh, open, soft, and vinified for early drinking, this has an easy-to-like, plush character with dark cherries and cocoa. 88-90 Pts

Fresh, open, soft, and vinified for early drinking, this has an easy-to-like, plush character with dark cherries and cocoa. 88-90 Pts

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2012
90
A nice perfume of licorice, cocoa, flowers and cherries opens to a medium-bodied, fresh wine with a focus on peppy, dark, red berries. 88-90 Pts

A nice perfume of licorice, cocoa, flowers and cherries opens to a medium-bodied, fresh wine with a focus on peppy, dark, red berries. 88-90 Pts

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2011
89
From limestone, sand and clay terroir, this round-textured wine has notes of mineral and black raspberry with some dryness in the finish. 88-90 Pts

From limestone, sand and clay terroir, this round-textured wine has notes of mineral and black raspberry with some dryness in the finish. 88-90 Pts

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2010
91
Earthy, mineral scents with truffles and plums, soft tannins and a polished, stone and fresh berry finish, create this stylish, easy to like, well priced St. Emilion.

Earthy, mineral scents with truffles and plums, soft tannins and a polished, stone and fresh berry finish, create this stylish, easy to like, well priced St. Emilion.

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La Clotte from limestone, sand and clay terroir, this is the first vintage that the owner included Cabernet Sauvignon in the blend which consists of 85% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Franc and the remainder, Cabernet Sauvignon. Licorice, minerality, chocolate mint and plum aromas with soft textures, medium/full bodied and a fresh black cherry finish. Due to its high quality, great style and low price, this wine is often purchased by many of St. Emilion’s most famous wine makers. 91-93 Pts

La Clotte from limestone, sand and clay terroir, this is the first vintage that the owner included Cabernet Sauvignon in the blend which consists of 85% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Franc and the remainder, Cabernet Sauvignon. Licorice, minerality, chocolate mint and plum aromas with soft textures, medium/full bodied and a fresh black cherry finish. Due to its high quality, great style and low price, this wine is often purchased by many of St. Emilion’s most famous wine makers. 91-93 Pts

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2009
92
With minerality, blackberry, black cherry and licorice, this ripe, round, open style of St. Emilion offers a lot of pleasure and remains one of the top values for St. Emilion

With minerality, blackberry, black cherry and licorice, this ripe, round, open style of St. Emilion offers a lot of pleasure and remains one of the top values for St. Emilion

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2009 La Clotte, from limestone, sand, and clay terroir, offers dark fruit, minerality, and freshness along with opulent textures. This wine remains one of the insider’s secrets of St. Emilion. Because of its high quality, great style, and low price, this insiders wine is often purchased by many of St. Emilion’s most famous wine makers. 91-93 Pts

2009 La Clotte, from limestone, sand, and clay terroir, offers dark fruit, minerality, and freshness along with opulent textures. This wine remains one of the insider’s secrets of St. Emilion. Because of its high quality, great style, and low price, this insiders wine is often purchased by many of St. Emilion’s most famous wine makers. 91-93 Pts

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2008
92
08 Château La Clotte. This château, which takes its name from ancient caves and the troglodytes who used to inhabit them, is only a stone’s throw from Ausone. It shares the same as Ausone’s elevation, and has similar, limestone packed soils. The vineyards are planted with 80% merlot, 17% cabernet franc, and 3% cabernet franc. The wine is deep ruby with mineral and black fruit aromatics. Aged 18 months in 50% new oak, the wine offers suave sensations of black fruit, licorice, coffee, and minerals in the long finish. Slightly more than 1,000 cases of this insiders’ wine were produced in 2008. 91-93 Pts

08 Château La Clotte. This château, which takes its name from ancient caves and the troglodytes who used to inhabit them, is only a stone’s throw from Ausone. It shares the same as Ausone’s elevation, and has similar, limestone packed soils. The vineyards are planted with 80% merlot, 17% cabernet franc, and 3% cabernet franc. The wine is deep ruby with mineral and black fruit aromatics. Aged 18 months in 50% new oak, the wine offers suave sensations of black fruit, licorice, coffee, and minerals in the long finish. Slightly more than 1,000 cases of this insiders’ wine were produced in 2008. 91-93 Pts

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2006
90
Medium ruby in color. With a tight nose that needed swirling to display aromas of jammy black fruits, minerals and fennel. The wine offers a plush entry and ends with a berry and mineral infused finish.

Medium ruby in color. With a tight nose that needed swirling to display aromas of jammy black fruits, minerals and fennel. The wine offers a plush entry and ends with a berry and mineral infused finish.

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2005
92
At its peak of maturity, the wine is medium-bodied, soft, elegant and filled with tobacco leaf, crushed rock, red fruits, smoke and herbs. There is no reason to age this longer. It should remain at this high level until at least 2025-2030 before it begins to slowly decline.

At its peak of maturity, the wine is medium-bodied, soft, elegant and filled with tobacco leaf, crushed rock, red fruits, smoke and herbs. There is no reason to age this longer. It should remain at this high level until at least 2025-2030 before it begins to slowly decline.

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Mineral drive, soft, fresh and sweet, there is ample complexities and ripe fruits to keep you busy. This is drinking well today.

Mineral drive, soft, fresh and sweet, there is ample complexities and ripe fruits to keep you busy. This is drinking well today.

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Popped and poured, it cook 20-30 minutes to soften and for the floral, earthy, black raspberry and licorice character to come out. Another few years could help add more softness, but this is drinking at a nice place today.

Popped and poured, it cook 20-30 minutes to soften and for the floral, earthy, black raspberry and licorice character to come out. Another few years could help add more softness, but this is drinking at a nice place today.

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This bottle is the perfect place for pleasure. Lots of dark cherries, blackberry, chocolate and licorice. Soft, silky and supple, the wine was popped and poured and got better and better in the glass.

This bottle is the perfect place for pleasure. Lots of dark cherries, blackberry, chocolate and licorice. Soft, silky and supple, the wine was popped and poured and got better and better in the glass.

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If licorice, blackberries, fresh cut herbs and earth, round textures and an open, round, soft, ripe black cherry finish is your thing, you came to the right place. This showing nice now and should drink well for at least another decade.

If licorice, blackberries, fresh cut herbs and earth, round textures and an open, round, soft, ripe black cherry finish is your thing, you came to the right place. This showing nice now and should drink well for at least another decade.

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Licorice, blackberry, blueberry, minerality, coffee, smoked herbs make up the perfume. Supple, rich and opulent in texture, the wine finishes with spicy chocolate covered, black cherries. Still young, 3-5 years in the bottle will add a lot to the wine.

Licorice, blackberry, blueberry, minerality, coffee, smoked herbs make up the perfume. Supple, rich and opulent in texture, the wine finishes with spicy chocolate covered, black cherries. Still young, 3-5 years in the bottle will add a lot to the wine.

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If you are seeking a flashy, fleshy, rich textured Bordeaux wine that flows from the glass like lava from a volcano, you came to the right place. While offering great concentration and a decadent mouthfeel, the wine is not ponderous or heavy. Everything is in perfect balance. The oak, mineral, coffee and blackberry infused aromatics make the wine a pleasure to sniff, swirl and sip. The best thing is, this wine sells for a song in America. This is well worth buying by the case.

If you are seeking a flashy, fleshy, rich textured Bordeaux wine that flows from the glass like lava from a volcano, you came to the right place. While offering great concentration and a decadent mouthfeel, the wine is not ponderous or heavy. Everything is in perfect balance. The oak, mineral, coffee and blackberry infused aromatics make the wine a pleasure to sniff, swirl and sip. The best thing is, this wine sells for a song in America. This is well worth buying by the case.

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2003
90
Fully mature, ripe, but not overripe, the wine is round, soft, silky, sweet, and fruity with sweet, dark, red pit fruits, licorice, salt, and earth on the nose and in the finish. No decanting is needed, just pop, pour and enjoy.

Fully mature, ripe, but not overripe, the wine is round, soft, silky, sweet, and fruity with sweet, dark, red pit fruits, licorice, salt, and earth on the nose and in the finish. No decanting is needed, just pop, pour and enjoy.

1,976 Views   Tasted
2001
90
Mature and definitely ready to go, this charmer kicks in with its sweet, ripe, red plums, black cherries, crushed rock, truffle and tobacco leaf profile. Soft, refined, medium-bodied and with a nice dose of earthy red fruits and mushrooms in the finish, no decanting is needed, Just pop, pour and enjoy.

Mature and definitely ready to go, this charmer kicks in with its sweet, ripe, red plums, black cherries, crushed rock, truffle and tobacco leaf profile. Soft, refined, medium-bodied and with a nice dose of earthy red fruits and mushrooms in the finish, no decanting is needed, Just pop, pour and enjoy.

1,432 Views   Tasted
2000
90
Fully mature, this medium bodied, earthy, mineral driven, silky wine serves up fresh, sweet, ripe black and red cherries, truffle and stone notes.

Fully mature, this medium bodied, earthy, mineral driven, silky wine serves up fresh, sweet, ripe black and red cherries, truffle and stone notes.

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1999
88
This mediumn bodied, pleasant but simple wine is fully mature and should be drunk up.

This mediumn bodied, pleasant but simple wine is fully mature and should be drunk up.

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1966
82
Much better on the nose, with its earthy, tobacco, truffle, cherry and cigar aromas, than on the fading, starting to enter the tart stage of life palate.

Much better on the nose, with its earthy, tobacco, truffle, cherry and cigar aromas, than on the fading, starting to enter the tart stage of life palate.

1,810 Views   Tasted