2015 Clos St-Julien, St-Emilion (Pre-Arrival)

SKU #1265773 93-96 points Vinous

 A towering, magnificent wine, the 2015 Clos Saint Julien captures all of the richness of the year in stunning style. Rich, unctuous and deep, the 2015 possesses exceptional beauty to match its exotic, flamboyant personality. Inky blue/purplish fruit, crème de cassis, violets, licorice, dark spices and leather meld together in a seamless, racy St.-Émilion oozing with personality. The 2015 is going to need time to shed some of its baby fat, but it will never be a subtle wine, rather it is a full-throttle St.-Émilion that takes over all the senses and never lets up. Clos Saint Julien is equal parts Merlot and Cabernet Franc aged in 100% new barrels. Tasted two times. (AG)  (4/2016)

94-95 points James Suckling

 A wonderful polished texture to this. Full body, super integrated tannins. So beautiful and luscious yet reserved. Half Cabernet Franc and Merlot.  (3/2016)

91-93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2015 Clos St Julien, which is surrounded by Soutard, Cadet-Bon and Guadet, comes from a 1.2-hectare vineyard owned by Catherine Papon-Nouvel, and is an equal blend of Merlot and Cabernet Franc. Cropped at 42 hl/ha between 18 September and 8 October, it has a very intense bouquet with small dark cherries, kirsch and a subtle marine influence, a touch of oyster shell perhaps. The palate is medium-bodied with fine tannins, crisp and pure, possessing a sense of symmetry with a long, mineral-tinged finish. I would just like a little more flesh, but it is certainly very fine Saint Emilion that should repay 3-5 years in bottle. (NM)  (3/2016)

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Cabernet Franc

- While Cabernet Franc, a parent with Sauvignon Blanc to the ubiquitous Cabernet Sauvignon, frequently plays second fiddle in Bordeaux blends (though it does get more props on the Right Bank, where it dominates Cheval Blanc), this lighter, higher acid/lower tannin, early-maturing, perfumed red varietal is far from a wallflower. It is the headliner in the Loire Valley appellations of Saumur-Champigny, Bourgueil, St-Nicolas-de-Bourgueil, Chinon and Anjou-Villages, where it makes exceptional, food-friendly wines. Outside of France, Cabernet Franc can be found in northern Italy, particularly in Friuli and in California where it is frequently used as a blending grape in Bordeaux-style wines. Heartier in the cold than Cabernet Sauvignon, Cab Franc is gaining a foothold in northern and eastern wine regions like Canada, New York, Pennsylvania and Virginia.


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Specific Appellation:

Saint Emilion