Château Guillot Clauzel, Pomerol 2017
Timing is everything, and in January 2017 the younger members of the Clauzel family decided not to sell their last vineyards, as had originally been planned, but to nurture them to realise their full potential and move them closer to their illustrious neighbours – Le Pin, Trotanoy, Vieux Château Certan and Nenin. The strategy is audacious: grub up the less interesting vines and replant with better clones; bring in some serious local talent in the form of Guillaume Thienpont – son of Aléxandre, and now making the wine at Vieux Château Certan – to make the wine and oversee the vineyard; and finally to get cousins Florian and Jan Thienpont, previously involved only on the commercial side, into the vineyard to get their hands dirty and do just about anything else, from mending tractors to planting vines, as well as being the cellar rats for Guillaume.
Just at the point when production was being restricted in order to increase the quality, they were struck by frost. The plots at the top of the slope, close to Le Pin, didn’t suffer but the lower plots around the winery were hit hard, so production has been severely affected in 2017 resulting in a significant increase in the price of wine en primeur; even so, for the quality it still remains exceptionally good value, and all the more so when its neighbours stratospheric prices are taken into account. There is no doubt that Guillot Clauzel is aiming high and has both the soils and the know how to make it.
One of the thrills of tasting juvenile Bordeaux at the primeur tastings is trying to spot the future winners, the wines which will be blazing their trail into the future and we are firm believers that Guillot Clauzel is a property to watch.
|Château Guillot Clauzel, Pomerol 2017 per six bottles||£225|
Château Guillot Clauzel, Pomerol 2017 per three magnums
80% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Franc
Dense purple black with a really stunning nose of juicy black fruit, supple with hints of crème pâtissière, grilled and toasty, creamy and rich, really alluring, leading to a palate of soft, supple black and red fruits, juicy and plump, with mulberry and a hint of sloe and a floral note behind (roses), toasty big fruit and oriental spices going to a really long, evolving finish. Superb. Drink 2024 - 2035
The 2017 vintage will be shipped in the Spring of 2020.
Meanwhile, if you have yet to try Guillot Clauzel and would like to see what makes it so special, we have very small amounts of the 2014 vintage in stock at £34 per bottle including VAT. Please ask us for details by calling us on 01353 721 999.