2018 Clos St. Julien St. Émilion Wine Tasting Note

2018 Clos St. Julien  (St. Émilion) 93

The wine is floral, full-bodied and shows a strong mineral component to all the ripe, dark fruits, licorice and crushed stone that you'll find from start to finish. The wine was made from an even split of Cabernet Franc and Merlot. 92-94 Pts

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

Clos St. Julien requires at least 5-9 years in the cellar before it starts to come together. Of course that can vary slightly, depending on the vintage. Clos St. Julien is best enjoyed in the first 7-25 years of life.

Young vintages can be decanted for 2 hours, 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. Julien with Wine and Food Pairings

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

The problem Clos St. Julien suffers from in the marketplace is the confusion caused by the name of the estate. It is difficult for many consumers and merchants to buy or sell a wine from Saint Emilion called St. Julien, due to the natural confusion By the appellation names.