2016 Clos St-Julien, St-Emilion (Pre-Arrival)

SKU #1299141 94-97 points Vinous

 The 2016 Clos Saint Julien is magnificent. In many vintages, ripeness is pushed to the edge, or perhaps even beyond, but in 2016 all the elements come together to yield a Clos Saint Julien that is long on class and elegance. There is plenty of fruit intensity and richness, but the wine remains light on its feet, aromatically expressive and profoundly beautiful. Readers should expect a relatively understated Clos Saint Julien built on persistence more than heft. (AG)  (4/2017)

93-94 points James Suckling

 Very tight and intense with lots of dark fruit and minerals. Full body, polished and chewy tannins and a long finish. Shows mineral and salty character. We will see.  (4/2017)

92-94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2016 Clos St Julien is a blend of 50% Cabernet Franc and 50% Merlot. It has a tightly wound marine-tinged bouquet with well defined black fruit. The palate is ripe on the entry with supple black fruit and a touch of tar, the Cabernet Franc very expressive with a pleasant savoury finish that lingers long in the mouth. I thoroughly enjoyed the 2015 but this might be even better. Superb. (NM)  (4/2017)

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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.


- When it comes to wine, France stands alone. No other country can beat it in terms of quality and diversity. And while many of its Region, Bordeaux, Burgundy and Champagne most obviously, produce wine as rare, as sought-after and nearly as expensive as gold, there are just as many obscurities and values to be had from little known appellations throughout the country. To learn everything there is to know about French wine would take a lifetime. To understand and appreciate French wine, one only has to begin tasting them.


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Saint Emilion