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2016 Grand Cru Classé Saint Emilion

Grapes Cab Franc, Cab Sauv, Merlot
Colour Red
Origin France, Bordeaux
Sub-district Saint Emilion & Satellites
Village Saint Emilion
Classification Grand Cru Classé
ABV 14%

85% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Sauvignon, 5% Cabernet Franc. All the Ausone 'stable' showed dry yet rich purple to black fruit, very dense and pure, with good lively acidity, and this is no exception, although it starts with a warmer ripeness, fleshy and sweet black fruit, very ripe with intensity building. Again it seems quite a simple profile, but the power is there, and it leaves an impression of sloes and almost Barolo-like tannin feel, full of flavour. Drinking range: 2027 - 2045 Rating: 91-93 L&S (Apr 2017)

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An estate purchase by the team at Ausone in 2014, the 2016 Château La Clotte is a brilliant wine that delivers everything you could want from this vintage. Made from 85% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Sauvignon, and 5% Cabernet Franc, its deep purple color is followed by a medium to full-bodied, classic Saint-Emilion that has ultra-fine tannins, terrific balance, and a beautiful perfume of flowers, toasted bread, graphite, cassis, and black raspberries. Seemingly all about finesse and elegance, with flawless purity of fruit, it still packs plenty of intensity and length. It surpasses the 2015 and has 20-25 years of prime drinking ahead of it. Drinking range: 2019 - 2044 Rating: 95 Jeb Dunnuck, (Feb 2019)

Most of the Vauthier family's 2016s are incredibly inviting, but La Clotte is an exception. Today it is the wine's tannin and overall structure that dominate. To be sure, the 2016 was far more expressive en primeur. There is good depth to the fruit, but the wine is not in a mood to show all of its cards. The 2016 is 85% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Sauvignon and 5% Cabernet Franc. Drinking range: 2021 - 2031 Rating: 91 Antonio Galloni, (Jan 2019)

The 2016 La Clotte, part of the Vauthier family's portfolio, was outstanding out of barrel, and now that it is in bottle, I have no reason to alter my view. The sophisticated, beautifully defined bouquet features mineral-rich black cherry and raspberry fruit; hints of violet and bay leaf emerge with time. The sublimely balanced palate is sensual and refined, offering a fine bead of acidity and a silky-smooth texture. The very persistent, refined finish is exceptional. This must surely be the hidden gem of Saint-Émilion in 2016. It’s just a shame that only 10,000 bottles were produced. Try to buy one. Drinking range: 2022 - 2045 Rating: 96 Neal Martin, (Jan 2019)

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