2012 Saint-Emilion Grand Cru Classe, Bordeaux.
Located next to the Saint-Emilion municipality, the Château Clos de Sarpe vineyard stretches over 4 hectares. This 2012 is 85% Merlot and 15% Cabernet Franc.
The wine is fruity, heady and rich. It carries a certain concentration and strength, followed by a very good length. The 2012 Château Clos de Sarpe offers a strong attack and a strawberry marked mid-palate. A long and excellent finish characterises this 2012 vintage.
Wine Advocate-Parker :
This has always been one of my favorite wines because of the tiny yields and meticulous attention to detail by the Beyney family. Not surprisingly, this inky bluish purple wine is frighteningly concentrated, with high extract, spicy oak, loads of blueberry, blackberry and cassis fruit, a hint of underlying liquid chalk/minerality, and a monster finish. The wine has plenty of tannins, which are largely concealed by the luxurious and extravagant nature of the wine's concentration. I wouldn't say this is a wine for those with 19th century palates, but the 2012 can hopefully be drunk in about 7-8 years, and will surely last for three decades or more, making it essentially one of the longest-lived wines of this vintage. From a blend of 85% Merlot and 15% Cabernet Franc, this wine boasts 15% natural alcohol.