|Sub-district||Saint Emilion & Satellites|
|Classification||Grand Cru Classé|
80% Merlot, 15% Cabernet Franc, 5% Cabernet Sauvignon. A tiny property (3 hectares) facing Ausone across the valley that contains the village of Saint Emilion. A little-known but excellent Cru Classé anyway, La Clotte was bought by the Vauthiers (of Ausone) in 2014, and no doubt will perform even better for them. Pauline Vauthier (who manages it) has turned in a cracker. There is a simple-seeming lift and honest freshness to this, a lovely fruit and solid density of fine tannins, both ripe and dark and fresh at the same time, a lovely acidity so that it is never heavy, it just flows appetisingly, in a way which is rare for this vintage. Rating: 92-93 L&S (Apr 2016)
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Some of the Vauthiers’ 2015s are so supple that you could almost drink them from the barrel, but this one has more guts and structure. Violets and roses on the nose, raspberry and blueberry fruit, stylish oak and an undertow of firmish tannin. Drinking range: 2022 - 2028 Rating: 91 Tim Atkin MW, www.timatkin.com (May 2016)
Full and sunbaked on the nose. Lots of vitality. Not forced. Drinking range: 2024 - 2038 Rating: 17 Jancis Robinson OBE MW - www.JancisRobinson.com (Apr 2016)
The 2015 La Clotte presents a striking interplay of aromatics, fruit and structure. Beams of tannin give La Clotte much of its distinctive personality. Espresso, mocha, leather, dark cherry, savor herbs and plum open up nicely in the glass. La Clotte is one of the least expressive wines in the Vauthier family's range this year, yet it offers outstanding potential, not to mention tons of class. The Cabernet Franc is particularly expressive here. The 2015 is 80% Merlot, 15% Cabernet Franc and 5% Cabernet Sauvignon projected to spend 18 months in oak, 85% new. Rating: 90-93 Antonio Galloni, www.vinous.com (Apr 2016)
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