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Chateau Clos de Sarpe 2018

Chateau Clos de Sarpe 2018
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    A Dense and Velvety Saint-Emilion Grand Cru Classe

    A superb reference of the prestigious Saint-Emilion appellation, the Grand Cru Classe Chateau Clos de Sarpe 2018 is already showing signs of a magnificent vintage.

    Despite contrasting climatic conditions at the beginning of the season, a hot summer and long autumn made it possible for the fruit to reach optimal maturity. Beginning on September 27 with Merlot and completed on October 10 with the Cabernet Franc, the harvest yielded small but very concentrated fruit.

    Enjoying an ideal location on the plateau of Saint-Emilion, on the right bank of the Bordeaux region, the vines of Chateau Clos de Sarpe are planted in clay-limestone soils and are currently undergoing conversion to organic farming.

    Blending Merlot (85%) and Cabernet Franc (15%), the Chateau Clos de Sarpe 2018 displays all the qualities of an exceptional Grand Cru Classe of Saint-Emilion.

    At the tasting, the Chateau Clos de Sarpe 2018 displays a deep color. Its intense aromatic bouquet reveals notes of black fruits, small red berries and spices. On the palate, the wine offers a beautiful structure with mouth-coating tannins, unraveling tasty fruity and spicy touches. Balancing a slight touch of sweetness, the wine is enhanced by a vibrant acidity that stretches into the long, precise and intensely aromatic finish. A great vintage for Chateau Clos de Sarpe.

    Parker : 94-96 / 100
    J. Suckling : 94-95 / 100
    Wine Advocate-Parker :
    Deep garnet-purple colored, the 2018 Clos de Sarpe comes strutting out of the glass with flamboyant Black Forest cake, blackberry pie and warm plums notes with touches of Chinese five spice, dried roses and licorice plus a hint of crushed rocks. Full-bodied, super rich and decadently fruited in the mouth, the structure of super ripe, plush tannins and bold freshness skillfully supports the voluptuous fruit, and it finishes with epic length. With alcohol running at around 15%, this is one for the hedonists! The tentative blend is 85% Merlot and 15% Cabernet Franc with aging anticipated to be for 12 months in oak barriques, 70% new.
    BordeauxSaint-Emilion
    Alcohol
    15

    Grape varieties
    Merlot/Cabernet Franc

    Dessert wine
    No

    Environment
    Conversion to Organic Farming

    J. Suckling
    94-95

    Vinous - A. Galloni
    92-95

    Country
    France

    Wine certification
    AOC

    Vineyard
    Libournais

    Region
    Bordeaux

    Appellation
    Saint-Emilion

    Color
    Red

    Producer
    Chateau Clos de Sarpe

    Classification
    Grand cru classe

    Parker
    94-96

    Allergens
    Contains sulfites

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