Château La Clémence: Tasting & Drinking

The house style at Château La Clémence follows the Dauriac mantra; the wines are deeply coloured, and rich in extract, substance and tannic grip on the palate. They are made to a rather plush and modern blueprint which clearly reflects the palate of the proprietor, Christian Dauriac. It is an approach which seems to work quite well at Château Destieux, perhaps reflecting the high percentage of Cabernet Sauvignon in the blend there.

Château La Clémence

Most of my notes reflect this character. The one vintage that recently felt different was the 2019, although it was as a barrel sample shipped to me in Scotland – during the era of Covid-19 sample shipping – rather than a finished wine. When I had the opportunity to return to taste it from bottle a couple of years later it showed a much closer allegiance to the house style. The 2020 and 2021 vintages, also tasted from barrel, showed much the same character.

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