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2018 Clos St-Julien, St-Emilion (Pre-Arrival)

SKU #1419184 93-95 points Jeb Dunnuck

Outer quote mark From a tiny 1.2-hectare site near the village on the upper plateau, the 2018 Clos Saint Julien is made by the incredibly talented Catherine Papon-Nouvel (of Petit Gravet Ainé) and is a blend of equal parts Cabernet Franc and Merlot aging in new French oak. There are a scant 5,000 bottles produced and it offers thrilling notes of crème de cassis, spiced red currants, dried earth, and subtle background oak. Medium to full-bodied, seamless, and multi-dimensional on the palate, with polished tannins, it’s going to benefit from short-term cellaring yet cruise for two decades or more in cool cellars. 93-95+ Inner quote mark (4/2019)

93-94 points James Suckling

Outer quote mark A firm and very silky young red with medium to full body, very fine tannins and a long finish. Extremely savory and delicious. Hard to not drink. Tiny production. Inner quote mark (3/2018)

92-94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

Outer quote mark Catherine Papon-Nouvel, the owner/winemaker at Petit Gravet Aîné, owns this 1.2-hectare vineyard situated just west of Château Soutard atop the limestone plateau of Saint-Émilion. The 40-year-old vineyard is certified organic, and yields in 2018 were 37 hectoliters per hectare. Aging is in 100% new barrels for an estimated 18 months. From the Gaudet and Le Jardin lieux-dits and blended of 50% Cabernet Franc and 50% Merlot, the deep garnet-purple colored 2018 Clos St Julien saunters languorously out of the glass with notions of baked blueberries, spice cake and plum preserves plus hints of mocha, Christmas cake and sautéed herbs. Full, rich and decadent, it has tons of spicy sparks and a plush texture, finishing with a refreshing lift. About 5,000 bottles will be produced. (LPB) Inner quote mark (4/2019)

91-94 points Vinous

Outer quote mark Proprietor Catherine Papon-Nouvel turned out a gorgeous Clos Saint Julien in 2018. Black cherry, plum, espresso, menthol, licorice and smoke build as this sumptuous, full-bodied Saint-Émilion shows off its curvy, racy personality. A wine of real character, Clos Saint Julien is a winner. The tiny 1.2 hectare vineyard sits on Saint-Émilion's vaunted limestone plateau and is planted with 50% Merlot and 50% Cabernet Franc, the same blend as the wine itself. (AG) Inner quote mark (4/2019)

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