2015 Clos Marsalette, Pessac-Léognan (Pre-Arrival)
Lots of mineral and blackberry character. Full and very silky with refined tannins and depth and beauty.
The 2015 Clos Marsalette, Stephan von Neipperg's Pessac-Léognan, is a rich, ample wine. Broad, generous and inviting, the Clos Marsalette is endowed with serious depth. Dark red cherry, plum, spice, leather and cedar flesh out in the glass. In 2015, the Clos Marsalette is especially big. It also has the potential to be a serious overachiever. Tasted two times. (AG)
Bright, with damson plum and bitter cherry notes laced with a subtle sanguine edge. Shows a light juniper shading to the finish. Refined in feel. (JM, Web-2016)
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The 2015 Clos Marsalette (Rouge) is a blend of 50% Cabernet Sauvignon, 48% Merlot and 2% Cabernet Franc picked between September 21 and October 5 at 42 hectoliters per hectare. Matured in 40% new oak barrels, it has a correct, tightly wound bouquet, blackcurrant with just a touch of wilted violet. I like the definition here, but it is holding its breath in at the moment. The palate is medium-bodied with light tannin. You could almost slip this down the throat now: silky smooth, just a light grip with fine tannin on the finish. It has an easy-drinking sensibility, though that does not mean it was not thoughtfully crafted. Enjoy this Pessac-Léognan over 5-7 years. (NM)