2016 clos saint-martin grand cru classe, saint-emilion grand cru
Why We're Buying
Clos Saint- Martin (Saint-Émilion Grand Cru Classé) is easy to overlook. It's the smallest vineyard in Saint-Émilion at 1.3 hectares. Though it is small, the wine is mighty. The merlot-dominant blend ranks as one of the highest-priced wines from the appellation.
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The 2016 Clos St. Martin is made up of 70% Merlot, 25% Cabernet Franc and 5% Cabernet Sauvignon. Medium to deep garnet-purple colored, it leaps from the glass with bold blackberries, warm plums and red cherries notes plus hints of baking spices, cedar chest, chocolate mint, forest floor and smoked meats. Medium to full-bodied and jam-packed with generous black and red fruits, it has a solid frame of grainy tannins and wonderful freshness, finishing long and spicy.
A wine of total sensuality, the 2016 Clos Saint Martin offers notable depth and creaminess, with no hard edges and terrific overall balance. There is an almost Pinot-like purity to the fruit in 2016, but above all else, the wine stands out for its impeccable balance and overall harmony. This is a compelling Saint-Émilion from proprietor Sophie Fourcade.
This is really excellent. Deep and rich with a beautiful depth of fruit and silky tannins. I am excited about this one. Big upgrade in quality.