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Château Clos de Sarpe

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2018 Château Clos de Sarpe  (St. Émilion Grand Cru) 94

Fresh and stony with a sweet edge to the plums, cherries and licorice, this wine offers a distinctive crushed rock and floral character to the fruit on the nose and on the rotundly lavish palate. From a blend of 85% Merlot and 15% Cabernet Franc, the wine reached 15% alcohol. 93-95 Pts

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2017 Château Clos de Sarpe  (St. Émilion Grand Cru) 93

Crushed rocks is the first thing you notice, followed by toasty oak, dark cherry, licorice, flowers and smoke. The wine is full bodied and delivers ample fresh red fruits, salty ripe tannins and a strong rocky essence through to the finish.

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2016 Château Clos de Sarpe  (St. Émilion Grand Cru) 93

Concentrated, dense, stony and fresh, with a deep core of ripe, salty plums. The fruit has a spicy quality, with polished tannins and the structure to age, But this is not a user-friendly wine for early drinking. You will need to give it at least 12 years for everything to come together, but it is going to be worth the wait. The wine was made from a blend of 85% Merlot and 15% Cabernet Franc.

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Deeply colored, this powerful, dense, rich and intense wine combines concentration and mouth-coating levels of fruit and acidity with ripe, dark red fruits and citrus in the endnote. The wine was made from a blend of 85% Merlot and 15% Cabernet Franc, reaching 15.5% with a pH of 3.3. Currently aging in 60% new French oak barrels, this is a change in the maturation process, as the previous vintages were aged in 100% new oak.

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2015 Château Clos de Sarpe  (St. Émilion Grand Cru) 95

Deep ruby in color, the wine resembles eating ripe plums with rocks, and that's what is so great about it. There is weight, density, length and complexity. The finish is long, leaving a trail of sweet, perfectly ripe, red fruits and freshness.

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Inky in color, this is clearly the softest fruit produced at Clos de Sarpe. Liquid minerality, blended with plum liqueur is the best way I can this concentrated, intense, deep, rich wine.

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Powerful, full-bodied, concentrated and filled with fresh plums and sweet, ripe, black cherries, thyme, crushed rocks and flowers, this wine is deep, fresh and long -- a grande dame who will age with grace and dignity.

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2014 Château Clos de Sarpe  (St. Émilion Grand Cru) 93

Earthy in character, with plums, licorice and spice, this is the first vintage where Clos de Sarpe began micro-vinifying15% of their wine in 600 liter barrels. Concentrated for the vintage, the microvinification has added additional softness to the wine, as well as rounding the tannins. That does not mean you don't have to give this time, as you do, but the plummy fruit has more softness in the texture.

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Crushed stone, flowers and smoky, red fruits are coupled with a tannic, full bodied, fresh, red berry-packed style. This wine will enjoy one of the longest lives of the vintage. 92-94 Pts

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2013 Château Clos de Sarpe  (St. Émilion Grand Cru) 90

Few wines show this much color in 2013. The blend of fruit, herbs, tannins, spice and stone are slowly coming together. There is perhaps too much tannin for the fruit here, but time will tell.

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Crushed rocks, flowers, licorice and kirsch liqueur aromas get you going. Intensive mineral sensations with fresh, juicy plums leave a long, rich impression on our palate. This would be a success in any vintage, but it’s a real accomplishment in this difficult vintage. From yields of only 8 hectoliters per hectare, this blend of 85% Merlot and 15% Cabernet Franc reached almost 15% alcohol. If prices are fair, this is worth taking a look at, especially on release. 92-94 Pts

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2012 Château Clos de Sarpe  (St. Émilion Grand Cru) 93

Concentrated with layers of black plums, and assorted dark red pit fruits, this is packed with a combination of fruit and a wall of tannin, coated with crushed rocks and spice. Primary, and in need of aging, this will develop nicely if you are patient and have a few decades to spare.

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With a complex nose of crushed rocks, coffee bean, smoke, black cherries and plums, the wine is full bodied, tannic, rich and long. There is good depth of flavor and concentration. One of the few vintages of Clos de Sarpe that is shaping up to show well early, the wine was made from a blend of 85% Merlot and 15% Cabernet Franc.

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With smoke, stone, plum and coffee notes, the wine offers a structured, powerful, mineral-driven and tannic finish. This is one of the more structured wines of the vintage. 89-92 Pts

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2011 Château Clos de Sarpe  (St. Émilion Grand Cru) 92

Forward in style, if one can say that about Clos de Sarpe, this is one of most dense wines of the vintage. Stony and tannic, with some oak that still needs to integrate, this concentrated, full bodied wine is loaded with truffle, and dark, red fruits.

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Normally Clos de Sarpe requires years, if not decades in the cellar before its ready to drink. But that is not the case with this vintage. Notes of stone, licorice, oak and dark red berries open up the wine. The wine is polished and round, with an approachable, fresh, black cherry filled finish. This haas really filled and improved since it was tasted in barrel.

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Smoke, black raspberry and stone notes lead to a powerful, dense, tannic, stone-filled, severe wine that will take a long, long time to soften. 88-90 Pts

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2010 Château Clos de Sarpe  (St. Émilion Grand Cru) 94

Deep in color, almost opaque, this is still close to a barrel sample, even now. Tight today, the wine has a lot going on here. There is a fatness to the fruit, lushness to tannins, concentration, intensity and length. Structured to age, this should take 20 years to show its true self. It's going to be worth the wait.

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Clos de Sarpe An assemblage of 85% Merlot and 15% Cabernet Franc from very old vines situated on stony soils produced a massive wall of dark fruit, rocks and tannin, with a ripe black plum finish. 92-94 Pts

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2009 Château Clos de Sarpe  (St. Émilion Grand Cru) 93

Perhaps the most elegant vintage of Clos de Sarpe, the wine is powerful, tannic, fresh and stony. The fruit is clean and fresh, but the tannins are there, letting you know, this requires more time than most wines from the often, forward 2009 vintage.

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2008 Château Clos de Sarpe  (St. Émilion Grand Cru) 92

It takes effort to bring out the truffle, fresh herbs and just picked plums. Once you find them, they stock with you, along with a strong, tannic backdrop that frames the fruit. Long, concentrated, fresh and stony, this needs time in the cellar.

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08 Château Clos de Sarpe is a huge wine, tannic, structured, and balanced. From grapes grown mostly in limestone soils with little clay, this unique wine offers intense minerality. It smells like a massive pile of broken rocks. Add liberal doses of black fruit and dark berry liquor, and you have the start of their tell tale perfume. This full bodied wine has ripe tannins and a big jolt of black fruit in the finish. Some plots reached close to 15% natural alcohol, requiring 3 additional months of malolactic fermentation. Only 500 cases were produced. 91-94 Pts

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2007 Château Clos de Sarpe  (St. Émilion Grand Cru) 91

It takes effort to bring out the truffle, fresh herbs and just picked plums. Once you find them, they stock with you, along with a strong, tannic backdrop that frames the fruit. Long, concentrated, fresh and stony, this needs time in the cellar.

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2006 Château Clos de Sarpe  (St. Émilion Grand Cru) 91

Talk about hot off the press... This was just bottled yesterday! Deep ruby color, black jammy raspberries, crushed stone and a powerful mouth presence announce this wine. Large scaled, dense and concentrated, it's also massively tannic with a long, mineral, earthy, licorice, black fruit filled finish. This wine demands aging

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2005 Château Clos de Sarpe  (St. Émilion Grand Cru) 93

Powerful, full-bodied, concentrated and showing saline character from all its stony qualities, herbs, tobacco, ripe, tannic black raspberries, plums and a hint of florality. This is quite young and fresh, it will take at least another decade to soften and pull all its qualities together.

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Massive in layers of concentrated fruit, huge tannins and minerality. Not a lot of fun to taste today, but interesting to check in on it. Licorice, plum, earth, black cherry, spice, herbs and crushed rocks. The wine clearly fills your mouth and coats your palate with intensity and purity. If you can wait another decade, wait. If not, leave it in the decanter for a few hours. This is a unique, mineral driven expression of St Emilion.

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2004 Château Clos de Sarpe  (St. Émilion Grand Cru) 89

Tannic, firm and mineral driven, this needs more time for the fruit to shine through and for the wine to come together.

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2003 Château Clos de Sarpe  (St. Émilion Grand Cru) 90

There is definite intensity here, which comes from old vines and very low yields. You also find ripe, very ripe and over ripe, plums, cherries, figs, chocolate and hints of jam. The opulent texture and crushed rock sensations makes it fun, but the low acid profile is not for everyone. This blend of 85% Merlot and 15% Cabernet Franc is on the unique side, which some will like, and others are not going to dig it.

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2001 Château Clos de Sarpe  (St. Émilion Grand Cru) 92

Very concentrated, but with all the right stuff! This powerful, mineral, infused wine is packed and stacked with gobs of ripe fruit. Almost dense, this wine packs a lot of flavor and character into the bottle. I'd love to watch a bottle evolve over a day and chart its progress.

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2000 Château Clos de Sarpe  (St. Émilion Grand Cru) 93

Salty, stony, pure, and intense, the wine has power, a ripe, wall of tannin and layers of seemingly, rock-infused, red fruits. Another 7 or more years are needed here before this is fun to drink.

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Crushed rocks, truffle, dark red fruits come to the surface. On the palate, the wine is dense, fresh, young and tannic. The feeling combines freshness with serious concentration and minerality. Give it another decade of rest.

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This huge, massive, incredibly concentrated wine has a lot to offer. Stuffed with ripe dark fruit, minerality and spice, coupled with ample, but ripe tannins, this will age for decades.

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1998 Château Clos de Sarpe  (St. Émilion Grand Cru) 90

Stone, pepper, fresh herbs, spicy red and black plums with tobacco make up the perfume. Tanninc, fresh and bright, this is not a charming style of St. Emilion. The wine need another 5-10 years for the tannins to soften. But it will never be round or soft.

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With its chocolate covered licorice and blackberry perfume was a pleasure to smell. But the wall of tannin will not afford the wine much pleasure if drunk young. This wine needs several years before possibly developing into a bottle that’s fun to drink

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A weak sister to the more potent, modern vintages. Still, it was a very stylish wine with chocolate, covered licorice and blackberry flavor scents accompanied by a large mouthful of young Merlot. Ripe and tannic.

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1989 Château Clos de Sarpe  (St. Émilion Grand Cru) 75

This was produced in a way completely different from the one the Chateau employs today. The `89 saw no oak and was subject to little selection. The wine was aged entirely in tank. Light licorice tones and earth notes are in the perfume. In the mouth, little enough fruit remains: it’s probably been drying out for the past several years.

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