The earliest written reference to Château Clauzet dates back to 1850. The estate belonged to the Bernard family influential locals and consisted of nearly 80 hectares, half under vine, half devoted to other crops, as was often the case at the time.The name Clauzet dates from this period, when Anne Olympe Bernard married Pierre Ulysse CLauzet, bringing the vineyard with her as a dowry. Féret mentions Clauzet in their 1868 edition.
Maurice Velge sees his adventure at Château Clauzet as the end of natural evolution. "My father had good friends in Bordeaux. The world of wine always attracted me, and when the opportunity arose to become involved, I decided to step in".
After his initial acquisition of 6 hectares in 1997, Maurice Velge purchased other plots with quality terroir. The estate currently has 23 hectares under vine on some of the finest land in Saint-Estèphe.
The estate vineyard is planted to 55% Cabernet Sauvignon, 40% Merlot, 5% Petite Verdot
- Average age of vines: 40 years
- Picking: By hand
- Soil management: Traditional ploughing
- Vinification and ageing: Thermoregulated concrete vats
- Length of aging: 14 to 18 months
- Production: 900 hl
- Maceration period: 21 days
- Malolactic fermentation: 50% in barrels
- Ageing: 50 % news barrels, 50% one year old
Tasting Notes: The 2016 Clauzet offers rich and opulent dark cherry and blueberry fruit on the nose, more floral than earthy compared to its peers, but with commendable delineation. The palate is medium-bodied with a gentle grip on the entry and I appreciate how those slightly rigid Saint Estèphe tannins provide the backbone here. It will need three of four years to mellow in the glass, but this has great potential. 92 Points – The Wine Advocate