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Chateau La Clotte Cotes de Castillon 2008

Chateau La Clotte Cotes de Castillon 2008

750ML      
Sku: 040743

Part of the Daniel Johnnes collection.

Daniel is the Wine Director for the Daniel Boulud restaurants, and imports a select portfolio of Bordeaux.

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Tasting notes
Staff Notes by Evelyn

Chateau de Clotte 2005, byBruno Laporte is my favorite of the three Bordeaux tasted. I would serve this with a meal, as it is heavier than the Roc du Manoir. It definitely demands food or hearty fare.


Review
The wines produced by Château de Clotte are unmistakably characterized by the winemaker’s gregarious personality. Bruno is a bold, jovial vigneron whose booming, infectious laugh is almost palpable in his wines. The result of his efforts is a rustic, good-value Bordeaux that will keep you coming back for more, and hopefully further your exploration into the world of vins bordelais. The Château de Clotte vines produce a rich-style red with dense fruits. It displays a dark red-black color in the glass. An intense nose of mature red fruits and a well-structured palate with good concentration and notes of vanilla. This is cozy French bistro wine at its best.

Rating
 Wine Advocate 90 points (May 2011)
Made from 80% Merlot and 20% Cabernet Franc (13.5% natural alcohol and yields of 30 hectoliters per hectare), this delicious, deep ruby/plum-colored wine offers hints of roasted almonds, black currants, sweet cherries, loamy soil, Christmas fruitcake and herbs. Round and supple textured with loads of fruit, this medium-bodied wine is ideal for drinking now and over the next 8-12 years.
Made from 80% Merlot and 20% Cabernet Franc (13.5% natural alcohol and yields of 30 hectoliters per hectare), this delicious, deep ruby/plum-colored wine offers hints of roasted almonds, black currants, sweet cherries, loamy soil, Christmas fruitcake and herbs. Round and supple textured with loads of fruit, this medium-bodied wine is ideal for drinking now and over the next 8-12 years.”

Technical notes
Appellation: Castillon Côtes de Bordeaux
Vigneron: Bruno Laporte
Surface: 12ha
Soil Type: Clay-limestone, limestone rock subsoil
Blend: 30% Merlot, 30% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Cabernet Franc, 10% Malbec
Average Vine Age: 40 years
Vinification: Traditional
Ageing: 12 months in barrels, 30% new oak

Other text
About the Castillon Côtes de Bordeaux Appellation:
This region is named after the town of Castillon-la-Bataille, the battle that brought an end to the Hundred Years War. The Castillon Côtes de Bordeaux Appellation produces refined and concentrated Merlot-based red wines. The terroir is varied and is composed in different places of clay, limestone, sandstone and silt which produce concentrated and powerful wines that are still smooth, charming and pleasant. Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Cabernet Sauvignon are all grown in this region. With a maximum yield of 50 hL/ha, wines from the Castillon Côtes de Bordeaux are generally very expressive. They often show notes of ripe red berries, plums and cherries. With solid but finely structured tannins, these wines are often ample with a good finish.

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