2000 Château Clos St. Martin St. Émilion Grand Cru Bordeaux France Wine Tasting Note

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2000 Château Clos St. Martin  (St. Émilion Grand Cru) 93

Fully mature, medium/full-bodied with an earthy plum, espresso, smoke, licorice, and dark cocoa-packed perfume, the wine continues to rock the palate with its plus, silky, sensuous textures and earth, imbued fruit on the palate and in the finish. This is clearly fully mature, no decanting, pop, pour and enjoy. 93 Points

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Medium/full bodied, sensuous, silky and fresh, with loads of ripe, juicy, cherries and earth. No need for further aging here. The finish has a hint of dusty tannins in the endnote. 93 Points

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Fully mature, silky, soft and polished in texture, the wine offers freshness, earth, floral and ripe plum notes that please all the senses from start to finish. If you have a bottle, pop a cork, as there is no reason to wait. This was simply popped and poured, which seemed like the right way to go. 93 Points

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The second bottle of this in just as many weeks. Both bottles are not as good as this wine was about 2 years ago. The aromas remain interesting with its earthy, licorice, black plum and vanilla notes. The textsure is still supple, but the fruit seems to be starting to gently fade away. I'll try drinking my remaining bottles over the next 4-6 years. 92 Points

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If you're seeking sex, silk and velvet, look no further. This supple, hedonistic wine is packed with vanilla, licorice, black cherry liqueur and truffles. Rich, concentrated and without a single hard edge, while this St. Emilion will improve, there is no reason to delay experiencing its ample charms. 94 Points

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Silk, elegance and ripe fruit are the hallmarks of this Bordeaux wine. Dark berries, minerality and juicy plums are made better by the opulent, velvet laden textures that coat your palate. 94 Points

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With a perfume that takes over your senses. You are blasted with blackberry, truffle, oak and creamy raspberry aromatics. Opulent and rich on the palate. Concentrated and full bodied with an intense, silky mouth feel that is out of this world. The sexy licorice covered, black fruit finish is a treat. 95 Points

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Dark berry, licorice and spicy aromatics with hints of coco. Great structure. Lots of concentration, balanced, lush and opulently textured. This sublime wine finishes with a blast of soft, round, silky, ripe plums and berries. 95 Points

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When to Drink Clos St. Martin, Anticipated Maturity, Decanting Time

Clos St. Martin needs 4-6 years in the cellar before starting to show its best. Of course, that can vary slightly, depending on the vintage. Clos St. Martin is best enjoyed in the first 5-20 years of life.

Young vintages can be decanted for about 90 minutes, give or take. 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 St. Martin with Wine and Food Pairings

Clos St. Martin is best served at 15.5 degrees Celsius, 60 degrees Fahrenheit. The cool, almost cellar temperature gives the wine more freshness and lift. Clos St. Martin is best paired with all types of classic meat dishes, veal, pork, beef, lamb, duck, game, roast chicken, roasted, braised, and grilled dishes.

Clos St. Martin is also good when matched with Asian dishes, rich fish courses like rare tuna, mushrooms, and pasta.

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