Clos Romanile St. Emilion Bordeaux, Complete Guide

Clos Romanile

Learn everything about Clos Romanile St. Emilion with wine tasting notes, wine, and food pairing tips, best vintages, a history of the property, information on the vineyards, and winemaking. If you want to read about other important, Bordeaux Chateaux:Links to all Bordeaux Wine Producer Profiles

Clos Romanile Vineyards, Terroir, Grapes, Winemaking

The minuscule 1-hectare vineyard of Chateau Clos Romanile is owned by Remi Dalmasso. Remi Dalmasso is the cellar master of Valandraud. The Right Bank vineyard is planted to 80% Merlot and 20% Cabernet Sauvignon.

The terroir is clay and limestone soils. The vines are old, with an average age of 30 years. The vineyard is planted to a vine density of 8,000 vines per hectare. That is a very high density for the Right Bank. Most of the vineyard farming is organic. They also use horses for plowing, which helps to aerate the soil.

To produce the wine of Clos Romanile, the wine is micro-vinified, meaning that the wine is vinified entirely in 500-liter wood barrels. Malolactic fermentation takes place in new, French oak barrels. The wine of Clos Romanile is aged in 100% new, French oak barrels for about 20 months, depending on the character and quality of the vintage before bottling.

The best vintages of Clos Romanile are: 2023, 2022, 2021, 2020, 2019, 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2010 and 2009.

Jean Luc Thunevin as you might expect, consults on the winemaking and vineyard management for Clos Romanile. The production is small at close to 1,000 bottles per vintage of Clos Romanile.

In a sign of their true commitment to producing the best quality wine possible, for a vineyard that is only one hectare, the estate even makes a second wine, Galaxies 2 Romanile.

When to Drink Clos Romanile, Anticipated Maturity, Decanting Time

Clos Romanile needs 2-3 years in the cellar before starting to show its best. Of course, that can vary slightly, depending on the vintage. Clos Romanile is best enjoyed in the first 2-10 years of life.

Young vintages can be decanted for about 1 hour or so. This allows the wine to soften and open its perfume. Older vintages might need very little decanting, just enough to remove the sediment.

Serving Clos Romanile with Wine and Food Pairings

Clos Romanile is best served at 15.5 degrees Celsius, 60 degrees Fahrenheit. The cool, almost cellar temperature gives the wine more freshness and lift.

Clos Romanile is best paired with all types of classic meat dishes, veal, pork, beef, lamb, duck, game, roast chicken, roasted, braised, and grilled dishes. Clos Romanile is also good when matched with Asian dishes, rich fish courses like tuna, mushrooms, and pasta.

Clos Romanile Wine Tasting Notes

11 Vintages 19,674 Views Sort by Vintage-Rating

2023
91
Flowers, licorice, espresso, incense, cherries, and smoke create the character here. The wine is medium-bodied, bright, fresh. and juicy, with a vibrant endnote. This will be fun to enjoy in its youth. Drink from 2026-2034. 90-92 Pts.

Flowers, licorice, espresso, incense, cherries, and smoke create the character here. The wine is medium-bodied, bright, fresh. and juicy, with a vibrant endnote. This will be fun to enjoy in its youth. Drink from 2026-2034. 90-92 Pts.

413 Views   Tasted
2022
91
Black plums, cherries, flowers, licorice, and espresso come to the nose easily. The wine is medium-bodied, vibrant, fresh, and chewy with sweet, black and red fruits with a touch of chocolate on the mid-palate, and in the fruit-filled finish. Drink from 2025-2032. 90-92 Pts.

Black plums, cherries, flowers, licorice, and espresso come to the nose easily. The wine is medium-bodied, vibrant, fresh, and chewy with sweet, black and red fruits with a touch of chocolate on the mid-palate, and in the fruit-filled finish. Drink from 2025-2032. 90-92 Pts.

2,148 Views   Tasted
2020
91
Floral in nature, you also find espresso, licorice, smoke and plums. Medium-bodied, supple and fruity with creamy-textures and loads of cherries in the finish. Drink from 2023-2037.

Floral in nature, you also find espresso, licorice, smoke and plums. Medium-bodied, supple and fruity with creamy-textures and loads of cherries in the finish. Drink from 2023-2037.

1,251 Views   Tasted
Deeply colored, the wine is spicy, earthy, fresh and with a touch of oak to surround all of its ripe, plush plums and cherries. Vibrant, silky, medium-bodied and fresh, this is already showing well. 90-92 Pts

Deeply colored, the wine is spicy, earthy, fresh and with a touch of oak to surround all of its ripe, plush plums and cherries. Vibrant, silky, medium-bodied and fresh, this is already showing well. 90-92 Pts

2,178 Views   Tasted
2019
90
Medium-bodied, bright, fresh and juicy, with a kiss of stones, licorice, wet earth and sweet with tart, lifted red fruits, this will be fun to enjoy in its youth. 89-91 Pts

Medium-bodied, bright, fresh and juicy, with a kiss of stones, licorice, wet earth and sweet with tart, lifted red fruits, this will be fun to enjoy in its youth. 89-91 Pts

2,484 Views   Tasted
2018
90
Deeply colored, the wine expresses its espresso bean, smoke, plum and cherry character with ease. Medium-bodied, round, polished and fruity, the finish comes with oceanic and chocolate touches in the end note. You can give it a bit of time in the cellar to flesh out for more softness and complexity.

Deeply colored, the wine expresses its espresso bean, smoke, plum and cherry character with ease. Medium-bodied, round, polished and fruity, the finish comes with oceanic and chocolate touches in the end note. You can give it a bit of time in the cellar to flesh out for more softness and complexity.

1,138 Views   Tasted
With a depth of color, the medium-bodied wine moves with a core of smoke, licorice and juicy plums. Round in texture with a black plum and espresso finish, give it a bit of time in the cellar to flesh out. 89-91 Pts

With a depth of color, the medium-bodied wine moves with a core of smoke, licorice and juicy plums. Round in texture with a black plum and espresso finish, give it a bit of time in the cellar to flesh out. 89-91 Pts

1,562 Views   Tasted
2016
90
Medium bodied with a fresh flower character, the wine is polished and offers fresh, ripe, dark red fruits and soft textures in the finish.

Medium bodied with a fresh flower character, the wine is polished and offers fresh, ripe, dark red fruits and soft textures in the finish.

2,234 Views   Tasted
2015
90
Medium-bodied with fresh, ripe plums, sweet, ripe cherries, flowers and licorice, this wine is juicy, sweet and should get even better with age.

Medium-bodied with fresh, ripe plums, sweet, ripe cherries, flowers and licorice, this wine is juicy, sweet and should get even better with age.

1,460 Views   Tasted
2014
88
This wine is fruity, medium bodied and forward with a dark chocolate accent in the finish. 86-89 Pts

This wine is fruity, medium bodied and forward with a dark chocolate accent in the finish. 86-89 Pts

1,379 Views   Tasted
2013
88
From 100% Merlot, this tiny one-hectare property produced a smoky, licorice and black cherry wine with plush textures and a nice core of black plums. 88-90 Pts

From 100% Merlot, this tiny one-hectare property produced a smoky, licorice and black cherry wine with plush textures and a nice core of black plums. 88-90 Pts

1,106 Views   Tasted
2012
87
Dark in color, with oak, licorice, vanilla and blackberry aromas. Medium-bodied with a tart blackberry finish. 85-87 Pts

Dark in color, with oak, licorice, vanilla and blackberry aromas. Medium-bodied with a tart blackberry finish. 85-87 Pts

1,075 Views   Tasted
2010
89
Ready to go, the wine offers a licorice, chocolate covered, black cherry personality with a kiss of oak, medium body, round textures and a soft, smooth, fruity, lush finish.

Ready to go, the wine offers a licorice, chocolate covered, black cherry personality with a kiss of oak, medium body, round textures and a soft, smooth, fruity, lush finish.

1,246 Views   Tasted