|Grapes||Cab Sauv, Cab Franc, Merlot|
|Sub-district||Saint Emilion & Satellites|
|Classification||Grand Cru Classé|
85% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Sauvignon, 5% Cabernet Franc. 100% new oak. Lots of burnt wood on the nose and the palate. Velvet smooth entry. I feel this more about the winemaking than the terroir. There is some sweet fruit joined by good minerality. The wood dominates the finish. Rating: 89-90 L&S (Apr 2018)
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The 2017 La Clotte bristles with energy. Under the direction of the Vauthier family, this small Saint-Émilion cru is starting to show the full breadth of its personality. Crushed rocks, lavender, spice and inky dark fruit are all finely knit in this super-expressive, gracious Saint-Émilion. All the elements simply fall into place effortlessly. The 2017 is fresh, vibrant and wonderfully nuanced from start to finish. Rating: 90-93 Antonio Galloni, The Wine Advocate(May 2018)
The 2017 La Clotte, which the Vauthiers acquired in 2014, was cropped at 32hl/ha between 28 September and 2 October. It is matured in 100% new oak. Pauline Vauthiers ventured that this was one of her favorite wines in this vintage and I am inclined to agree. This has a lifted, more perfumed bouquet than the Moulin Saint-Georges at this point, quite perfumed with crushed iris aromas infusing the black fruit. Returning after 20 minutes there is just a touch of orange blossom. The palate is sweet and opulent with caressing tannin, almost Burgundy-like in fruit purity with crushed strawberry, cassis and blueberry towards the silky smooth finish. What a delicious Saint-Émilion in the making. Drinking range: 2021 - 2040 Rating: 92-94 Neal Martin, www.vinous.com(May 2018)
Composed of 85% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Sauvignon and 5% Cabernet Franc, the medium to deep garnet-purple colored 2017 La Clotte has quite an earthy nose with scents of black loam, truffles and mossy bark over a core of red and black plums with suggestions of tar and bay leaves. The palate is medium-bodied with bright fruit and a rock-solid frame of firm, grainy tannins plus the freshness kicks-in on the long finish. A wonderfully energetic wine! Rating: 89-91 Lisa Perrotti-Brown, RobertParker.com(Apr 2018)
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