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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: 2020, 2019, 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2010 and 2009.
Jean Luc Thunevin as you might expect, consults on the wine making 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
9 Vintages 13,403 Views Sort by Vintage-Rating
|2020||Clos Romanile (St. Émilion Grand Cru)|
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
1,196 Views Tasted May 20, 2021
|2019||Clos Romanile (St. Émilion Grand Cru)|
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
2,134 Views Tasted Jun 8, 2020
|2018||Clos Romanile (St. Émilion Grand Cru)|
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. 90 Points
967 Views Tasted Mar 9, 2021
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
1,485 Views Tasted Apr 19, 2019
|2016||Clos Romanile (St. Émilion Grand Cru)|
Medium bodied with a fresh flower character, the wine is polished and offers fresh, ripe, dark red fruits and soft textures in the finish. 90 Points
1,843 Views Tasted Apr 29, 2017
|2015||Clos Romanile (St. Émilion Grand Cru)|
Medium-bodied with fresh, ripe plums, sweet, ripe cherries, flowers and licorice, this wine is juicy, sweet and should get even better with age. 90 Points
1,360 Views Tasted Apr 29, 2016
|2014||Clos Romanile (St. Émilion Grand Cru)|
This wine is fruity, medium bodied and forward with a dark chocolate accent in the finish. 86-89 Pts
1,312 Views Tasted Apr 27, 2015
|2013||Clos Romanile (St. Émilion Grand Cru)|
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
983 Views Tasted Apr 28, 2014
|2012||Clos Romanile (St. Émilion Grand Cru)|
Dark in color, with oak, licorice, vanilla and blackberry aromas. Medium-bodied with a tart blackberry finish. 85-87 Pts
966 Views Tasted Apr 26, 2013
|2010||Clos Romanile (St. Émilion Grand Cru)|
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. 89 Points
1,157 Views Tasted Dec 1, 2015