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Clos Du Clocher Pomerol MasterClass

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    Mon, March 4, 2024 (6:30 PM - 8:00 PM)

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Cost: $30

Jean Baptiste Audy founded Clos du Clocher in 1924 and has since expanded this small estate to three plots. The estate is currently managed by 5th generation owner, Jean Baptiste Bourotte and this year marks the 100th anniversary of his family owning Clos du Clocher. With famous neighbors such as Trotanoy, Latour Pomerol, and La Fleur Pétrus, Clos du Clocher is a hidden gem in Pomerol.

Pomerol is a tight-knit and compact village on the Right Bank. The namesake appellation is the smallest in Bordeaux. That is partly to explain why Pomerol produces some of Bordeaux’s most expensive wine (Pétrus, for example). It has a minuscule 800 hectares and 135 growers.

The highest quality plots are on the Pomerol plateau, a largely flat area 35-37 metres high in altitude. That is where Clos du Clocher’s largest plot is found. It is located by the church, which is the center of the prime plateau of Pomerol.

Blue clay, the prized soil known for its iron rich quality, is found on Clos du Clocher’s land. It defines its terroir that is home to early ripening Merlot, and Cabernet Franc. The majority of their vines are on average 25 years old, with some oldest vines 60 years old, dating back to 1957. Everything is harvested by hand, and there is a very rigorous selection process.

Many Pomerol wines are made from early ripening merlot and approachable when young, Clos du Clocher almost always has 25% of Cabernet Franc in its wine, which requires more aging in bottle before it can fully develop. The resulting wine can age for 20 years or longer. The facility is all brand new as of 2010 and Michel Rolland has been brought on to consult on the winemaking.

Considering its overall quality, we believe Clos du Clocher is a rare find among Pomerol that is still undervalued.


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About Jean-Baptiste Bourotte:

Jean-Baptiste Bourotte was born on August 4, 1973, just 300 meters from Château Bonalgue in Pomerol. His youth unfolded on the right bank of Bordeaux and later in Bordeaux itself, steeped in the wine-growing atmosphere. After studying at HEC, the globally renowned business school ranked No. 1 by the Financial Times in 2023, he embarked on an international career.

In 1997, he joined Uruguay on behalf of the Richemont Group (Cartier), where he played a key role in developing South American markets. After exploring the entire continent, he returned to France and Switzerland at Cartier, where he took charge of developing the men’s watch range, with a particular focus on rare and complicated timepieces.

In 2002, Jean-Baptiste Bourotte joined Jean-Baptiste Audy, the wine trading house founded by his great-grandfather in 1906. After three years alongside his father Pierre, he assumed operational leadership in 2005, also overseeing the Bourotte-Audy Estates, including properties like Château Bonalgue, Clos du Clocher, Château Les Hauts-Conseillants, and Château du Courlat, located in Pomerol, Lalande de Pomerol, and Lussac Saint-Emilion.

Over the years, he bought out his cousins’ shares within Jean-Baptiste Audy and Clos du Clocher, and expanded the family estates surface to 45 hectares. Always focused on research and improvement, Jean-Baptiste Bourotte keeps the family businesses at the forefront of excellence in the world of wine, with his domains being undisputed benchmarks for quality in the wine industry.

$30.00 ticket price includes 1.5 hr seminar, wine tasting, and cheese & charcuterie boxes from Baker’s Best. Please inform us if you have any allergies/aversions prior to the event.


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