Château La Clotte, 2012

Saint-Émilion Grand Cru Classé, Bordeaux, France

Château La Clotte, 2012

Saint-Émilion Grand Cru Classé, Bordeaux, France



  • Bottle
  • Case of 6
  • Case of 12


Grape Varietes: Merlot 80%, Cabernet Franc 20% Wine Style: Right Bank Bordeaux Winemaker: Nelly Moulierac Optimum Drinking: 2019-2024 Reviewer Rating: 91 Reviewer: Wine Spectator Code: 102606 Alcohol: 14%
Estate Notes

La Clotte is a tiny (four hectare) Saint-Émilion Grand Cru château recently snapped up by the owners of neighbouring Château Ausone, the Vauthier family. The 2012 vintage was made by three charming ladies: winemaker Nelly Mouliérac, Dominique Tord (business manager) and owner Odile Plantade.

This boutique estate is graced with some of the most exceptional soils in Saint-Émilion, and it is an absolute joy to visit this rustic Bordeaux farmhouse embedded in a spectacular limestone hillside overlooking the village of Saint-Émilion. All work at La Clotte is carried out lovingly by hand and this wonderful grand cru is made to be enjoyed. Good, honest, Bordeaux drinking.


"Deep, sweet kirsch liqueur notes intermixed with forest floor, damp earth, garrigue and spice are reminiscent of a Provencal wine. On the palate, toasty oak, gravelly minerality and terrific fruit (black cherries and black currants) make an appearance in this medium-bodied, softly-textured 2012.

"One of the fruitier, more seductive wines of St.-Emilion, the 2012 La Clotte comes from 10 acres of south-facing, hillside vineyards. The final blend of 80% Merlot and the rest Cabernet Franc and a tiny amount of Cabernet Sauvignon was fashioned from modest yields of 32 hectoliters per hectare. The wine came in at 13.5% natural alcohol, which is relatively elevated, although less than the two blockbuster vintages of 2009 and 2010." Robert Parker

"This unwinds pleasantly, with sleek, racy linzer torte and cherry notes lined with floral, blood orange and spice hints. Exhibits well-integrated grip, revealing just a slight hint of the vintage's taut feel." Wine Spectator

"One of my favorite St.-Emilion boutique vineyards, La Clotte’s 10 acres of vines average 40-years of age."