Clos de Sarpe 2016 : a smooth and elegant red wine from Saint-Émilion Grand Cru
Château Clos de Sarpe is a red wine produced in the Saint-Émilion Grand Cru appellation. The vines are planted on clayey-limestone soils on the plateau of Saint-Émilion. The 2016 vintage of Château Clos de Sarpe blends 85% Merlot and 15% Cabernet Franc. The wine is aged in oak barrels, of which 60% are new barrels and 40% barrels used for one previous wine.
At Château Clos de Sarpe, the 2016 vintage was marked by a complicated and uneven veraison. The heat of the summer led to hoping for saving showers to optimize the maturation of the berries. Even if volumes are lower than in 2015, quality is on the contrary exceptional.
At tasting, the château Clos de Sarpe 2016 presents a colour of great intensity. The nose reveals aromas of extremely pure fruit. A supple and delicate wine with superbly integrated oak.
Wine Advocate-Parker :
The 2016 Clos de Sarpe is a blend of 85% Merlot and 15% Cabernet Franc, tucked just behind Haut Sarpe, cropped at 25 hectoliters per hectare. I actually tasted this wine from individual barrels in March with proprietor and avid rugby fan (though perhaps not supporting the team you expect) Maylis Marcenet and her father, subsequently via three or four samples. It has a rich bouquet with small macerated black cherries and blueberry, just a touch of warmth coming through, but demonstrating much more precision and detail than vintages in the past. The palate is sweet and candied on the entry, rounded tannin with a licorice tinged fruit, the acidity counterbalancing the intensity of this Saint Emilion with a caressing finish. It will still please those who like opulent Saint-Emilion and yet there is more terroir and precision in this vintage than previously, a path that Maylis told me that they are pursuing.