As the Vauthier influence continues to be felt, this is definitely a wine to watch this year. It’s a powerful wine with this juicy, seductive texture to the fruit that you see in so many of the best wines in 2018. It’s fleshy and brambly, with finely tuned tannins and gorgeous lift through the finish.
Harvested between 27 September and 9 October. Right now there’s a 10-year programme of vineyard restructuring under way, as well as drainage programmes, and the percentage of Cabernet Franc is set to rise. 100% new oak.
Drinking Window 2026 – 2040
Jane Anson – 94 pt. Decanter
The 2018 La Clotte is made up of 85% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Sauvignon and 5% Cabernet Franc. Deep purple-black in color, it leaps from the glass with gregarious scents of crushed blueberries, Morello cherries and black raspberries with touches of oolong tea, violets, mocha and cigar box plus a waft of cedar. Full-bodied with a solid frame of fine-grained tannins and oodles of freshness, it is packed with vibrant black and blue fruits layers, finishing long with great purity.
Wine Advocate 93/95+ pt