2016 La Clotte, Saint-Emilion (750ml)

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Country: France
Region: Bordeaux
Sub-Region: Saint-Emilion
Grape Varietal: Merlot
Review Score: 96WA, 95WE, 94JS, 94V
Alcohol By Volume: 13.0%

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The 2016 La Clotte is a blend of 85% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Sauvignon and 5% Cabernet Franc this year, picked on 12 October for the Merlot and 17 October for both Cabernets. Matured in 85% new oak, it has a fragrant bouquet with plenty of redcurrant, wild strawberry and rose petal notes, real gusto here but also elegance. The palate is medium-bodied with supple tannin, a beautiful line of acidity, great substance and fine mineralité on the finish. La Clotte was in a poor state in terms of old and missing vines when the Vauthiers took over the property in 2014, but it is rapidly becoming one of their standout wines alongside Ausone. Superb.

94-96 points, Neal Martin, Wine Advocate (Issue # 230 - Apr 2017)

This is La Clotte's third vintage under the control of Château Ausone. The wine has both the structure and acidity of the year. It is ripe, but at the same time really fresh. This could have some serious aging potential.

93-95 points, Roger Voss, Wine Enthusiast (2017)

This is a beautiful red with a deep and beautiful palate that shows wonderful finesse and purity of fruit. Blueberry and cherry aromas and flavors. Medium to full. The tannins are so fine.

93-94 points, James Suckling (Apr 2017)

The 2016 La Clotte is a gorgeous wine, but it is also quite closed in on itself. Deceptively medium in body, it packs a serious punch. The 2016 is a fascinating wine to contemplate, as it offers superb potential for the future. The interplay of aromatics, fruit, tannin and acidity is compelling, even at this early stage. The Cabernet Franc here is especially distinctive.

91-94 points, Antonio Galloni, Vinous (Apr 2017)