Château La Clotte 2023

Château La Clotte 2023

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85% Merlot and 15% Cabernet Franc

The tiny 4-hectare vineyard of Château La Clotte sits just outside the village of St-Émilion. The vineyards are edged by a limestone cliff, in which there are caves – La Clotte is a local Gascon word for “cave dweller” – and these caves have conveniently become cellars for the winery. In 2014 Alain Vauthier, owner of next-door Château Ausone, bought Château La Clotte, although it will continue to be run as a separate estate.

Jane Anson: 96/100
The reworking of La Clotte under the Vauthier family continues to impress, and this is one to look out for. The terroir was always there, and the precise vineyard work is now fully accentuating the iris and lily floral aromatics, the arresting slate and pumice stone texture, where autumnal fruits are sweet and ripe, cassis pastille and raspberry puree, but they take second place to the fennel, annis, cold ash, rhubarb, lavender. One of my wines to watch in this vintage, demands attention.

Neil Martin - Vinous: 92-94/100
The 2023 La Clotte is a very serious wine. La Clotte is 85% Merlot and 15% Cabernet Franc, but the Franc feels especially prominent at this stage. Saline notes run through core of plum, blood orange, white flowers, crushed rocks and white pepper. A shy, introspective wine, this will need a number of years to be at its best, but it is immensely promising.

Yohan Castaing - Wine Advocate: 92-94/100
Crafted from vines planted in one of the best terroirs of Saint-Émilion, the 2023 La Clotte, a blend of 85% Merlot and 15% Cabernet Franc, reveals aromas of almonds, cherries, dark wild berries and raw cocoa, followed by a medium to full-bodied, lively and tense palate with youthfully structured tannins and a fleshy core of fruit with bright acids that segues into a long, penetrating and saline finish.

Lisa Perrotti-Brown - Wine Independent: 91-93/100
A blend of 85% Merlot and 15% Cabernet Franc, La Clotte 2023 is deep garnet-purple in color. Notions of mossy tree bark and dusty soil slowly emerge from the glass, giving way to a core of Morello cherries, juicy plums, and spice cake. The medium-bodied palate has subtle layers of red fruit and savory nuances, with satiny tannins and bags of freshness, finishing on a minerally note.