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2016 Château La Clotte (Alain Vauthier)

St-Emilion, grand cru classé

$66.00 per Bottle


4 Bottles




"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." Neal Martin, Vinous.com
(NM, 01/24/2019)

Rating: 96
Drink from: 2022-2045

"The 2016 La Clotte is made up of 85% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Sauvignon and 5% Cabernet Franc. Medium to deep garnet-purple colored, it opens with a beautiful floral nose of violets and roses over a core of crushed cherries, black plums and blueberry compote plus hints of camphor and coffee beans. Medium to full-bodied, the palate features super ripe, wonderfully fine-grained tannins and oodles of freshness seamlessly matching the delicate fruit nuances, leading to a very long, perfumed and classy finish." Lisa Perrotti-Brown, Robert Parker's Wine Advocate Interim Issue
(WA, 11/30/2018)

Rating: 95
Drink from: 2020-2040

"Very attractive array of red fruit and brambly forest berries that lead to a very refined palate with super fine tannins and impressive freshness. So elegant. A blend of 85 per cent merlot, ten per cent cabernet sauvignon and five per cent cabernet franc. Try from 2022." JamesSuckling.com
(JS, 02/04/2019)

Rating: 94
Drink from: 2022

"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." Antonio Galloni, Vinous.com
(AG, 01/18/2019)

Rating: 91?
Drink from: 2021-2031

"Rich purple fruit notes. Very ripe. Sweet and rich. Could beguile and is very polished." JancisRobinson.com
(JR, 04/06/2017)

Rating: 16.5+
Drink from: 2024-2038

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