Ch Clos Saint Julien 2020
€ 51.18/ 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 – Antonio Galloni – 94-96/100
The 2020 Clos Saint-Julien is magnificent in the way it balances richness, energy and structure. Inky blue/purplish fruit, spice, lavender, licorice and chocolate all meld together in a Saint-Émilion endowed with dazzling purity and class. The 2020 is so wonderfully alive. Don’t miss it.
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.