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Ownership & history:

The vineyard at Château de Clotte can be traced back to the 13th century, whilst the mansion was built in 1872 by M. Roy de Clotte who gave his name to the estate. The present owner is Bruno Laporte, who bought the estate in 2002 and also owns a number of other estates in the area.

Harvest, vinification & ageing:

Small concrete vats corresponding to the different plots of vines are used for vinification. There is a cold maceration that lasts for about four days, extracting the primary fruit aromas. Malolactic fermentation is carried out in barrels for half the wine and in cement for the other half. There is a similar mix for the ageing process, which takes place 50% in new oak, 30% in barrels that are one vintage old and 20% in the vats.


The blend of three grapes brings complexity to the wine:
- the Merlot brings red fruit aromas and silky tannins,
- the Cabernet Franc brings the intense colour and black fruit aromea,
- the malbec adds a touch of spice, enhanced by ageing in oak barrels.
After a couple of years in bottle, Château de Clotte develops notes of leather and cigar-box.

Vintage :



60% Merlot
25% Cabernet Franc
10% Cabernet Sauvignon
5% Malbec

Cellaring potential:

10 years

Awards & press:

2012: Silver Medal - Aquitaine WC
2011: Gold Medal - Bordeaux WC
2010: Silver Medal -Bordeaux WC
Wine Spectator 88