2010 Saint-Emilion, Grand Cru Classé, Bordeaux.
The Chateau Clos de Sarpe estate stretches over 4 hectares of land. This small property is located in the Saint-Emilion appellation. The old vines and low yield allowed the production of this 2010 composed of 85% Merlot and 15% Cabernet Franc.
The wine was specially vinified in order to obtain a pure, more modern expression of the terroir. This great vintage from Bordeaux is characterised by its finesse and the good balance of its tannins. The 2010 mild weather created favourable condition for Chateau Clos de Sarpe which obtained well-aged grapes. This wine has a great ageing potential.
Wine Advocate-Parker :
This is a quintessential blockbuster, no-compromise, massive, pedal-to-the-metal, balls-to-the-walls sort of wine with incredibly dense creme de cassis, kirsch, licorice, truffle and some background oak. Always one of the most concentrated and backward wines of the vintage, the 2010 is a prime example. I was interested to learn that the final blend and selection only produced about 625 cases of grand vin. Forget it for 10-15 years and drink it over the following century. (Oh, that's right - most of us won't be alive to challenge that estimate!)