Ch Clos Saint Julien 2020
€ 50.09/ Per fles min. 12 flessen
This is Catherine Papon-Nouvel’s rarest wine. She is also the owner-winemaker at Petit Gravet Aîné. This 1.2-hectare vineyard is situated just west of Château Soutard atop the limestone plateau of Saint-Emilion. Those who know the village of Saint-Emilion and the little roundabout at the top of the town, have driven by this walled vineyard: it is immediately to the left of the roundabout where one might normally turn right to go into town. Planted at 6,000 vines/ha, there is precious little topsoil atop the limestone motherlode, which gives this wine its distinctive minerality. The 40-year old vineyard is planted with 50% Cabernet Franc and 50% Merlot. Catherine farms her Lilliputian vineyard meticulously as though it were an English garden! The vineyard is certified organic by the French organization, Agriculture Biologique. All the fruit was hand-harvested. The Merlot was harvested on 24th September for Merlot and on October 6th for Cabernet Franc. Yields in 2018 were 37 hls/ha. After a cold soak, the juice was fermented in truncated oak tanks with a 20-day cuvaison. Malo and sur lies (for five months) aging were conducted in 100% new barrels from top coopers Taransaud and Ana Sélection and should run 18 months. Potentially 5,000 bottles. The tentative blend reflects the planted acreage: 50% Cabernet Franc and 50% Merlot 14.5%.
Vinous – 92-94/100
The 2020 Clos du Marquis was picked September 11–29 and matured in 40% new oak with 13.57° alcohol. This Saint-Julien displays copious blackberry and raspberry scents on the nose, intermingling with freshly rolled tobacco and subtle estuarine aromas. There is something almost… gentle about the aromatics. The palate is medium-bodied with satisfying sappiness on the entry that gets the saliva flowing. Quite classic in style, in keeping with the leitmotif of the vintage, this fans out toward the finish while retaining ample structure and a sense of linearity. This excellent Clos du Marquis brims over with breeding and should drink well for 20–30 years.
J.M. Quarin – 91/100
Couleur sombre, intense, pourpre et belle. Nez moyennement aromatique, au fruité mûr; Moelleux en entrée de bouche, moelleux au milieu, avec beaucoup de goût, le vin caresse le palais et évolue savoureux, vers une finale à la tannicité raffinée. Bonne longueur. Assemblage : 50 % merlot, 50 % cabernet franc.