Best-seller | Château de Clotte, Castillon 2016
"It's a cast-iron belter at a derisory price."
Jonathan Ray, The Spectator
Château de Clotte has an illustrious history dating from the 13th century and originally owned by the Dukes of Castillon. Their 2016 vintage is a blend of 50% cabernet franc, 40% merlot and 10% malbec with lovely rich berry fruit flavours and a hint of spice, tobacco and vanilla from its oak aging. It is still youthful but opened an hour beforehand it blossoms in the glass. A lovely wine with a life of at least 5-7 years ahead of it.
"quite an expansive fruit core here, plummy and chocolaty, the tannins are fat and ripe too, and the acidity balances nicely in a very satisfying glass of typically right bank Bordeaux at a knock-down price really."
Tom Cannavan, wine-pages.com
The Côtes de Castillon is one our favourite haunts for seeking our affordable bargains in Bordeaux. Château de Clotte from the exceptional 2016 vintage is one of those, and at £12.95 is remarkable value.
The Côtes de Castillon lie on a ridge to the east of the plateau of Saint-Émilion and has a similar terroir - limestone, gravel and clay. It is, in our opinion, the most under rated appellation along with Fronsac in all of Bordeaux. The wines are terrific and the prices are modest and better value than Saint-Émilion - by a stretch.
"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..."
Jane McQuitty, The 50 Best Red Wines for Winter, The Times
Good value, very smooth, but lacking a bit of 'bite' for my taste, so four stars out of five for me.