Product of a family know-how and tradition maintained by three generations of winemakers, the wines of Château Clos de Sarpe are known for their very bold identity, which make them some of the best of their appellation. A Grand Cru Classé of Saint-Émilion, Château Clos de Sarpe is in constant search for excellence with each new vintage.
Château Clos de Sarpe 2016 is a Saint-Emilion wine that stems from a certified organic 3.7-hectare vineyard, of which 3.35 are used for production. The vines are 65 years old on average and are planted on the appellation’s famous clay-limestone plateau.
The unstable weather conditions at the beginning of the vegetative cycle resulted in a heterogeneous veraison period. The summer was hot, with some rainfall to help the grapes ripen. Despite lower yields than in 2015, this vintage showcases an utterly fine quality.
Vinification and ageing
Aged in barrels (60% new and 40% second-fill barrels).
Cabernet Franc (15%).
The colour is very intense.
The nose gives off extremely pure fruit aromas.
The delicate mouthfeel seduces with its suppleness and superbly integrated woody notes.
Medium to deep garnet-purple in color, the 2016 Clos de Sarpe (composed of 85% Merlot and 15% Cabernet Franc) is a little closed to begin, opening out to reveal provocative Black Forest cake, Chinese five spice and cigar box notes with nuances of sandalwood, kirsch, rose hip tea and pencil shavings. Full-bodied, rich and opulent in the mouth, the palate is oh-so-seductive with a beautiful velvety texture and tons of freshness lifting the decadent fruit to a long spicy finish.