La Clotte 2020

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Tasting Notes and Scores


Michael Schuster

(85% M, 15% CF; 100% new)
Fresh, dense, ripe red-fruit and gentle mineral impressions; moderately concentrated, fresh, delicately tannic, very nicely balanced, if a touch alcohol-warm; sweetly, freshly ripe, long and juicy to taste, St-Emilion pure and transparent, graceful, subtly complex, gently racy, and with lovely aromatic length. A refined, restrained, limestone-Côte wine, which wears its 100% new wood completely imperceptibly.
Six years after the Vauthier purchase and, after a long period of underperformance, surprisingly gorgeous. 2028–50+.


Jancis Robinson

85% Merlot, 15% Cabernet Franc. Cask sample.
Definitely on an upward curve these days. Lovely pitch of pure, dark fruit. Hint of liquorice as well. Energy and concentration on the palate, the plentiful but silky tannins providing power and persistence. Shows both muscle and finesse. (JL)



Tasted by Jane Anson(at Primeur week tastings in Bordeaux, 01 May 2021)

Anis, almond and marzipan on the nose. There is a subtle interplay of tannin and acidity, linear and direct, finishing up with a clementine and orange rind bitterness that also gives a sense of forward propulsion through the palate. Has definition and personality, and continues its improvements under the Ausone team. Moulin St Georges has more breadth, depth and texture through the palate - this has more of a limestone squeeze, giving plenty of choice depending on what you are looking for.

Drinking Window 2027 - 2045