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Château La Clotte

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2018 Château La Clotte  (St. Émilion Grand Cru) 94

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 Château La Clotte  (St. Émilion Grand Cru) 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.

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2016 Château La Clotte  (St. Émilion Grand Cru) 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.

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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.

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2015 Château La Clotte  (St. Émilion Grand Cru) 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.

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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.

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2014 Château La Clotte  (St. Émilion Grand Cru) 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

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2013 Château La Clotte  (St. Émilion Grand Cru) 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

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2012 Château La Clotte  (St. Émilion Grand Cru) 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

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2011 Château La Clotte  (St. Émilion Grand Cru) 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

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2010 Château La Clotte  (St. Émilion Grand Cru) 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.

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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

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2009 Château La Clotte  (St. Émilion Grand Cru) 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

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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

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2008 Château La Clotte  (St. Émilion Grand Cru) 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

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2006 Château La Clotte  (St. Émilion Grand Cru) 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.

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2005 Château La Clotte  (St. Émilion Grand Cru) 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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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2001 Château La Clotte  (St. Émilion Grand Cru) 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.

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2000 Château La Clotte  (St. Émilion Grand Cru) 90

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 Château La Clotte  (St. Émilion Grand Cru) 88

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

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1966 Château La Clotte  (St. Émilion Grand Cru) 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.

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