Château La Clotte, 2013

Saint-Émilion Grand Cru Classé, Bordeaux, France

Château La Clotte, 2013

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: 90 Reviewer: Wine Spectator Code: 102758 Alcohol: 14%
Estate Notes

Château La Clotte 2013 is a great Saint-Émilion value, and produced a great wine in a tricky Bordeaux vintage, demonstrating its class and consistency.

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 2013 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.


"One of my favorite properties, Chateau La Clotte was sold recently to Chateau Latour’s owner Francois Pinault and that can only mean good things, although the quality here has been relatively high over the last 15-20 years. The 2013 netted tiny yields of 20 hectoliters per hectare, with the final blend producing less than 1,000 cases. The blend is primarily Merlot with a touch of Cabernet Franc, harvested October 5-14. The wine exhibits a deep ruby/purple color and merits sleeper-of-the-vintage status given the ripeness achieved. It has fleshy, deep cherry and blackcurrant fruit with hints of white chocolate, underbrush and tobacco leaf. The wine is medium-bodied, relatively soft and should provide delicious consumer-friendly drinking for the next decade. " Robert Parker