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2015 Clos Marsalette, Pessac-Léognan

SKU #1372795 92 points James Suckling

Outer quote mark A full-bodied red with blackberries, chocolate, spices and earth. Soft and layered tannins. Flavorful finish. So juicy and beautiful. Inner quote mark (2/2018)

92 points Vinous

Outer quote mark The 2015 Clos Marsalette is rich, powerful and authoritative, just as it was from barrel. Black cherry, smoke, rose petal, menthol, licorice and savory herbs fill out the wine's ample frame effortlessly, but there is good energy to back things up. Time in the glass brings out the 2015's aromatic dimension. Clos Marsalette is arguably the most extroverted, flamboyant wine in Pessac-Léognan. Tasted two times. (AG) Inner quote mark (2/2018)

91 points Decanter

Outer quote mark This Neipperg-owned estate delivers softly brushed fruit, its power hitting through the mid-palate, mixed with tight vanillin-led oak that needs time to soften. This is very good. A tiny touch of brett on the initial attack, but it clears away. (JA) Inner quote mark (12/2017)

91 points Jeb Dunnuck

Outer quote mark As to the red, the 2015 Clos Marsalette is close to an even split of Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon that saw 40% new barrels. This beauty offers excellent purity and freshness, as well as a sexy, supple, forward, fruit-loaded style that makes it a joy to drink. Black cherries, lavender, violets, and hints of bay leaf all emerge from the glass, and despite its upfront sex appeal, it’s going to keep for a decade. Inner quote mark (11/2017)

91 points Wine Spectator

Outer quote mark Fresh, ripe and polished, featuring cassis and plum fruit flowing through over a bright mineral edge. Light sanguine and violet notes gild the finish, with the fruit lingering prettily. Very pure. (JM) Inner quote mark (1/2018)

88-90 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

Outer quote mark 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. (NM) Inner quote mark (4/2016)

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By: Alex Schroeder | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 12/27/2020 | Send Email
An expressive nose of crushed ripe cherries, baking spice, menthol and minerals. 5 years on, it’s still youthful on the palate with deep concentrated flavors of black cherry, blackberries and licorice, cut by big, ripe tannins and a taut acid line on the impressive, long finish. This would pair perfectly with a rib-eye right now, but this is quite a serious wine that is clearly poised to improve in the cellar.

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