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History

Located within the very walls of Saint-Emilion, along the ramparts of the ancient village, Château La Clotte is one of the oldest vineyards in the appellation. It has belonged to the Grailly family since the 14th century. This estate covered 20 hectares of vineyard and much of it was divided up and sold off over the years. In 1913, the Chailleau family bought the last remaining plot of this ancient vineyard. During the years after the Second World War Georges Chailleau, Grand Vinetier de la Jurade, succeeded in having this four-hectare "clos" ranked among the top Saint-Emilion wines. Since that time, his descendants, three cousins, have combined all their efforts to produce wines that are full of life, fruity and with depth of flavour from their fabulous terroir. They maintain their respect for the time-honoured traditions while incorporating the latest techniques.

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Vineyards

Vineyard created: 17th century in the Chailleau family since 1913. Situation: South-facing terraces on clay-limestone. Surface area: 4 hectares (10 acres). Soil Type: Sand, clay and limestone. Grape varieties: 85% merlot,10% cabernet franc,5% cabernet sauvignon Average age of vines: 40 years

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Winemaking

Vinification by parcels. Harvesting at phenolic ripeness, manual sorting, selections of musts, cold pre-fermentation maceration, vinification at 32°C. During the alcoholic fermentation: 4 pump-overs per day, pigeage (punching down) and delestage (rack and return). Malolactic fermentation: 100% in barrels, of which 50 % are new. Barrels: 50 % new, 50% one year old Ageing in barrels: around 15 months  Annual production average: 15,000 bottles

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 Christer Byklum , Wine Writer (Norway)  tasted  1 wines  from  Château La Clotte . In a tasting of  37 wines 

More than 180 wines was tasted from Saint-Emilion during late March and early April this year. With a margin my biggest report to date from here. Saint-Emilion is always heterogeneous as the soils and microclimates are quite varied. Some are on flatter lands, others on the plateau with gently rolling hills in almost all aspects and yet others again are on the quite steep côte, or hill. These make for very different expressions, but also different problems may occur during a year’s growing cycle. The limestone vineyards seem to have done very well. And as for Pomerol where Olivier Berrouet of Petrus said, “The effort this year was to resist the temptation”. Those that did exactly that made some astonishing and refined Saint-Emilions. The temptation being taking too much out of the must. For me, Angelus, Ausone and Valandraud made exquisite wines at the very top of what they have ever done. The first two are graceful, elegant, nuanced and refined, Angelus a bit richer than Ausone. Valandraud shows that as well as a treasure throw of complexity. 2018 as well as 2017 are the two greatest Valandraud’s I’ve tasted to date. If this continues, are we looking at Premier Grand Cru Classé A soon?  At Pavie the fruit was probably the most refined and elegant to date, but the wood was just so incredibly hard, I just hope it will handle it. If it does, it will be a spectacular Pavie.

1y 9m ago

 Markus Del Monego MW , Wine Writer (Germany)  tasted  1 wines  from  Château La Clotte . In a tasting of  100 wines 

Bordeaux 2018 - TOP 100 Wines. "The best vintage of my live" says Christian Moueix of the Ets. Jean Pierre Moueix in Libourne. In fact, 2018 is a vintage with wonderfully ripe tannins which taste almost sweet and are characterizing wine with excellent structured. However this vintage was everything else than easy-going. The first six months of the year saw the complete annual rainfall for the Bordeaux region, over 800mm. Mildew attacked the grapes, what meant a reduction in quantity but as the leaves have not been attacked the maturity process continued and the lower yields brought concentrated grapes. Another problem where hailstorms bringing further damage. Some Châteaux like Château Guiraud have lost the complete harvest. "We went from hell to heaven" summarizes Véronique Sanders from Château Haut-Bailly in Pessac-Léognan the vintage. After the deluge in the first half of 2018, there was a dramatic change for the second half bringing great, dry weather with a lot of sun. The partially high daily temperatures were in change with lower night temperatures and created a tension for aromatic wines. The correct amount of extraction and maceration was crucial and some vintners have changed their maceration processes and made great wines with a lot of freshness. These vintners are amongst the winners of the vintage. If 2018 will belong to the greatest vintages in Bordeaux for the overall production might show the future. However already today there is a number of Châteaux performing 

1y 9m ago

 Will Gardener / Nickolls & Perks, Wine Dealer (United Kingdom)  tasted  1 wines  from  Château La Clotte . In a tasting of  35 wines 

2015 was overall a very dry year, with hydric stress a major concern in July. August brought welcome relief, rejuvenating the water table and unblocking the evolution. By this time, when veraison (the change of colour) took place, the berry size had already been set – small with thick skins. This is where the vintage’s tell-tale ripeness and silky textures come from.


The harvest conditions were ideal, again generally dry with cool nights, helping shape the vintage’s freshness and aromatics. The merlot crop would be picked in ideal conditions and at the vigneron’s leisure, aiming for optimum ripeness per plot. Many of the top châteaux now have the means to dissect and elevate dozens of different plots independently, all helping to improve the final assemblage. At Cheval Blanc we spoke with the technical director Pierre Olivier Clouet, who explained that they had taken practically a whole month to pick, with the result being almost every plot at perfect ripeness.


Each plot is fermented separately. Barrel samples of each are blended together in many different combinations and tasted blind to select which blend works best for the first and second wines. The final assemblage for the first wine consisted of all the plots except two that were ultimately discarded and sold off in bulk. And so for the first time since 1988 there will be no second wine at Château Cheval Blanc, a tribute to the overall consistency and quality of the harvest.


This is extraordinary scenario but a familiar tale in this vintage. In


general the percentage of first wine was comparatively high at most


châteaux and so there should be good volumes.

3y 2m ago

 Markus Del Monego MW , Wine Writer (Germany)  tasted  1 wines  from  Château La Clotte . In a tasting of  272 wines 

BORDEAUX VINTAGE 2016 / Tasting "en primeur" is a challenge every year. The wines tasted are showing a tendency only and it is still the beginning of a longer process of evolution and maturation in the barrels. There might be some changes during the next year and a half until the wines will be bottled, but already today the tendency is quite clear. For most of the red wines it will be an outstanding vintage, a vintage for Cabernet, old vines, limestone and clay soil. It was a challenging year for the vintners. An incredibly wet spring was worrying the winegrowers and at the beginning of June, the spirits were down. However warm and dry weather between June 3 and June 11 creating an close to ideal situation for the flowering and good weather conditions starting in mid June changed the nature of the vintage. The fine weather continued into July and August. The month of August was featuring hot weather and a remarkable amount of sunshine but the absence of rain let to water stress. Heavy rain in mid September set an end to water stress and when the sun returned on September 20 the vintage was saved as there was excellent weather till to the end of the harvest. The effects were various. the white wines are on a good quality level and display fruit and flavour but the acidity is lower than in previous vintages and the white wines show an opulent and rather soft style. The noble sweet wines are extremely pure and are more on the rich and powerful side than on the freshness. For the red wines originating from the right terroirs and old vines, the vintage an be called outstanding. Water stress was managed well on limestone and clay terroirs, Cabernet varieties did extremely well and old vines found water even during the stressful dry periods of summer. In some few red wines the tannins are slightly harsh, almost bitter, a result of water stress and/or intense extraction. In general the red wines are on an excellent level with an advantage for the left bank, mainly the Médoc area, and the classic great terroirs of Saint-Emilion and Pomerol. 

3y 9m ago

 Izak Litwar , Wine Writer (Denmark)  tasted  1 wines  from  Château La Clotte . In a tasting of  50 wines 

“Bordeaux 2015 Vintage Part I / I did have quite great expectations for 2015 vintage while tasting barrel samples in two first weeks in April 2016. Mainly because I witnessed during 10 days stay in Bordeaux (28.09 - 08.10), exceptional quality of grapes, their ripeness inside and outside, and very favourable weather in September and October, which promised so much. Expectations weren't fulfilled 100% unfortunately. Anyway, 2015 has nothing to be ashamed of!”

4y 8m ago

 Winnie Wing-Yin Ng , Wine Writer (Finland)  tasted  1 wines  from  Château La Clotte . In a tasting of  44 wines 

“Now is time to consolidate all the reviews from the En Primeur tasting after spending two weeks Bordeaux tasting wines from different regions. I will first write about the Right Bank which is said to be the winner of the vintage because of the beautifully ripened Merlot and Cabernet Franc, and of course because of lower rainfall compared to the Left Bank during the harvest season.

Pomerol is a true beauty in 2015 with consistence among the top wineries, possessing very fine tannin and freshness in the combination of just-at-the-right-time-ripened grapes. Even the alcohol level was comparatively high, most of the wines I tasted that didn't give me a strong kick of that. I didn't find any over extraction or over ripened situation in most of the wines. ”

4y 8m ago

 Christer Byklum , Wine Writer (Norway)  tasted  1 wines  from  Château La Clotte . In a tasting of  36 wines 

“2015 St. Emilion / 2015 Château Ausone
Ruby. Dark berries, red fruits, minerals, delicate yet quite full and intense, mint and chocolate touch, slight floral element. Fresh acidity, ripe tannins, fresh, fruity, juicy, dark berries before structure sets in, some minerals, nuanced, detailed, playful yet rounded, properly long finish. 96-98

4y 8m ago

 Andrew Caillard MW, Wine Writer (Australia)  tasted  1 wines  from  Château La Clotte . In a tasting of  109 wines 

“Bordeaux 2015 Part II / Château Margaux 2015 / 100-points / Medium deep colour. Lovely cherry, cola, herb aromas. Silky smooth beautifully balanced wine with red currant, red cherry plum flavours with graphite, espresso, chinotto notes, fine loose knit lacy slightly graphite textures and roasted coffee mocha notes. Fruit expands towards the back palate with light graphite plume at the finish. One of the great wines of the vintage and an evocative salute to Ch Margaux’s great winemaker Paul Pontallier (22nd April 1956 – 27th March 2016). 98-100 points ”

4y 8m ago

 Markus Del Monego MW , Wine Writer (Germany)  tasted  1 wines  from  Château La Clotte . In a tasting of  502 wines 

“2015 will be one of the excellent vintages however hardly to compare to 2009 and 2010 or 2005. In 2015 the region played a major role, terroir was the key to success. For red wines, the limestone plateau in Saint-Emilion performed extremely well as there was water available during the hot summer days and drainage proved to be ideal during rainy August. Therefore the best wines of Saint-Emilion come from limestone soils. The sandy parts of the appellation produced a quite heterogeneous result. In Pomerol it looked the same with very successful wines from the central plateau and more heterogeneous qualities from the areas around. In Fronsac it was not only the terroir which proved important, the vintners decision had a major impact. Pessac-Léognan did extremely well in this vintage with a homogenous quality. The Médoc was divided. The southern part, mainly Margaux and the southern part of Saint-Julien have seen less rain and produced more powerful wines. The northern part of the Médoc, especially Pauillac and Saint-Estèphe have produced a very fine and elegant style with excellent persistence. On the good terroirs, the seeds were ripe which results in very ripe tannins with a silky or velvety expression. In addition the cooler conditions of autumn provoked a very pure and fresh fruit. For the dry white wines the quality depends very much on the origin again. Due to the hot and dry growing season, a lot of white wines show very mild, almost soft acidity but also some phenolic hints in the aftertaste. A few dry white wines are standing out, having preserved freshness and acidity. The sweet wines are remarkably good, very rich in character and the best of them have a crisp acidity balancing the opulent sugar. The tasting conditions were rather good, however the weather was quite mixed affecting the presentation of the wines. The wines were tasted blind where possible and open. The final decision on the rating is based on both tasting types.”

4y 9m ago

 Rob Bellini / Sommelier, Pro (United Kingdom)  tasted  1 wines  from  Château La Clotte . In a tasting of  42 wines 

“2011 tasting - Lafleur is perhaps the wine of the vintage:
Bottle is naturally in a excellent condition and has by the neck level. Colour is ruby red and deep. On the nose it is wide, intense, refined, fresh, opulent and round. The taste is full, round, fragrant, firm, vigor, with silky tannins, full-bodied, with balanced and well-structured structure. On the palate it is layered and has floral, leather, new-oak, smoky, spice, truffles, vanilla and blackcurrant flavours. The finish is long, extensive, flavorful, pure and spicy. This wine is almost as good as 2009 and 2010. Perfectly stored bottles are still very worthy and will last well for another 20-30 years and decant at least 3h before tasting. 98 points”

5y 1m ago

 Markus Del Monego MW , Wine Writer (Germany)  tasted  1 wines  from  Château La Clotte . In a tasting of  193 wines 

“Bordeaux Primeurs 2015 / Vintage 2014 wines from 88-94 points”

5y 9m ago

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