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Chateau Clos Saint Martin

chateau clos saint martin saint-emillion grand cru 2016 750ml

$134.99

OVERVIEW

Established in 1850, this jewel-like estate is situated on Saint-Émilion’s limestone plateau, adjacent to Château Canon. Named after the neighboring church of Saint-Martin, Clos St. Martin is owned and managed by Sophie Fourcade, a descendant of the Reiffers family, established wine producers in Saint-Émilion since the 17th century.

 

At just 3.2 acres, Clos St Martin is the smallest classified growth in Saint-Émilion. The vines, averaging 35 years of age, are planted on clay and limestone soils, typical of the appellation’s limestone plateau, with southwestern exposure.

 

WINEMAKING

After the manual harvest, the grapes undergo an eight-day pre-fermentation cold maceration at 46°F. The must is fermented in new oak barrels for 48 days; malolactic fermentation also takes place in new oak barrels. The first four months of aging are spent on the lees, stirred twice every week, allowing the wine to develop volume and body. The wine is generally aged for 20 months in new oak barrels.

 

CRITICAL ACCLAIM

JD96, Jeb Dunnuck

"The 2019 Clos Saint-Martin is a big, super-rich, opulent Saint Emilion that still has a core of rocky minerality as well as loads of structure. Blueberries, blackcurrants, raspberries, tobacco, truffle, and chocolatey notes define the bouquet of this expansive, full-bodied, concentrated 2019. It’s going to benefit from bottle age."
 

RP95, Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

"From a superbly situated 1.33-hectare vineyard located on the clay-limestone slopes opposite the village cemetery and adjacent to Beauséjour Duffau-Lagarrosse, the 2019 Clos St. Martin has turned out brilliantly, offering up aromas of cherries, wild berries, violets and subtle spices. Full-bodied, deep and layered, it's lively and vibrant, with a fleshy core of fruit, powdery tannins and bright acids, concluding with a long, precise finish. It's a Merlot-based blend, complemented by some 10% Cabernet Franc and 5% Cabernet Sauvignon, picked in four separate harvests and barrel fermented—simply because such small volumes are challenging to vinify in tank. Best after 2025."

 

JS94, James Suckling

"This is very silky and refined with lots of black fruit and silky tannins. Full bodied, very tight and compact with linear tannins and a very long finish. So pretty."

 

D92, Decanter

"Powerful and concentrated black cherry fruits, licorice root edge, but it handles it well. Salinity on the finish picks things up and gives a mouthwatering edge. Vinified in a mix of new oak barrels and clay amphora of 3hl and 5hl. A yield of 37hl/ha, with harvest from 19 September to 8 October."

 

750ml Bottle

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