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2016 Château de Clotte, Cotes de Castillon

2016 Château de Clotte, Cotes de Castillon

2016 Château de Clotte, Cotes de Castillon

£12.95 per bottle
£12.95 per bottle
Product Code: 01169951
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The wonderful Château de Clotte resides in what is, for us, the best-value appellation in all of Bordeaux, full-stop: the Côtes de Castillon. And so long as like-minded producers within the greater Côtes de Bordeaux appellations (Blaye, Francs, etc.) continue to produce such gorgeously gluggable, richly fruited merlot and cabernet franc blends at under £15 a bottle, we’ll continue to make much noise. In so many ways, Château de Clotte is Bordeaux as it should be.

Their 2016 cuvée is a blend of 50% cabernet franc, 40% merlot and 10% malbec with lovely rich berry fruit flavours, a hint of spice, tobacco and beautifully integrated vanilla-oak notes. When opened an hour before serving, it positively flourishes in the glass, bursting with youthful dark and red fruit.

The Côtes de Castillon lie on a ridge to the east of the plateau of Saint-Émilion and has a similar terroir of limestone, gravel and clay. However, as the appellation isn’t afforded the advantage of ‘Saint-Émilion’ on the label, its serious producers have ever more a point to make. Which means producers like Château de Clotte are sure to maximise their full, rivalling potential for offering the consumer exceptional drinking pleasure at an exceptionally lower price.

Which couldn’t be better exemplified than by today’s offer. Gratifying, Saint-Émilion-styled craftmanship expressed through such a beautifully matured vintage as 2016 and for just shy of £13 a bottle. Unmissable - full stop.

Tasting note
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.

Critic reviews
"...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

Grape: /Merlot/Cabernet Franc
Region: /Bordeaux
Country: /France
ABV: /14.5%
Drink: /Now - 2030

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