Located about 15 kilometres east of Saint-Émilion, the Château Moulin de La Clotte is part of the Castillon appellation on the right bank of the Dordogne. The name Clotte denotes a hamlet that is said to have grown up around a spring, a watering place.
The actual winery dates back to 1890. For a long time this interesting wine area was called "Près Saint-Émilion" (near Saint-Émilion). Today Castillon belongs to the family of the Côtes de Bordeaux, the name given to the wines of several sub-regions whose common feature is that the vines grow on slopes, usually overlooking the waters of the Garonne, Gironde or Dordogne. Many well-known Saint-Émilion estates have invested in and around Castillon in recent years to produce reasonably priced Saint-Émilion-style wines. Françoise Lannoye sees things differently: for her, the wines of the appellation have an independent character, combining suppleness, fruitiness and freshness. Her Cuvée Vieilles Vignes comes from a two-hectare parcel of 60-year-old Merlot vines directly in front of the entrance to the cellar. The limestone-and-loam soils produce a particularly balanced, wholesome Castillon, which is deliberately aged for only 12 months in the barrel, with 40% new wood to preserve its fruity character. This energetic winemaker from the north, who would soon like to pass the baton to her daughter Céline, has fitted in perfectly: she is currently president of the appellation's winemakers' association. Françoise Lannoye also owns two other esttes: Château Ambe Tour Pourret Grand Cru in Saint-Émilion, and Château Lanbersac in Puisseguin.