2016 Château de Clotte, Cotes de Castillon
Featured in The Times
Featured in The Times:
"Another classy Castillon claret, this time mostly cabernet franc, with merlot and a dash of malbec. Ready to drink now, what you get from this red, stylishly integrated with oak, is a rich, meaty, truffley, umami-laden mouthful that is perfect with a festive baron of beef."
Yet another glowing review in the cellar (Jane McQuitty, The Times, 26/11/2022), and Château de Clotte's 2016 vintage reiterates the sheer craftsmanship and exquisite, Saint-Émilion-flavoured terroir you can still find in a £12 bottle of Right Bank claret. In a bottle of mature, full-bodied Castillon-Côtes-de-Bordeaux, to be precise. No surprise it’s such a best-seller.
Château de Clotte has an illustrious history dating from the 13th century and originally owned by the Dukes of Castillon. Their 2016 vintage has lovely rich berry fruit flavours and a hint of spice, tobacco and vanilla from its oak aging. It is still youthful but when opened an hour beforehand, it blossoms in the glass.
"...I had it marked down for at least twice the price, so classic and sophisticated is it. With intense, ripe, fresh and bitter cherries in the mouth and sweet and savoury spice, its finish goes on and on. Its a cast-iron belter at a derisory price."
Jonathan Ray, The Spectator
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