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Charles de Sarpe Saint-Emilion Grand Cru by Château Clos de Sarpe 1998

Charles de Sarpe Saint-Emilion Grand Cru

by Château Clos de Sarpe 1998

Producer : Château Clos de Sarpe

Region : Bordeaux (France), France (France)

Bottle Per Case : 6 x 750 ml

Food Pairing : Hard Cheese, Red Meat, Salted or Marinated Mushrooms, Suckling Pig, Vegetables

Tasting Notes

The second wine of the micro-cuvée Chateau Clos Sarpe. Consistently one of the best second wines from St Emilion. The 1998 is a delicious soft and succulent vintage of this lovely Claret showing classic St Emilion aromas and flavours plus some developed flavours of grilled meats, soft toasted oak and herbaceousness on the length. A really lovely wine that is ready now.

96 Points VINTAGE rating for Saint-Emilion - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
98 Points VINTAGE rating for Right Bank Bordeaux - Vinous Media

Specs

Bottles Per Case 6 Pack
Point Score 98
Bottle Size 750 ml
Producer Château Clos de Sarpe
Region Bordeaux (France), France (France)
Alcohol 13% alc./vol.
Style Subtle & fruity
Vintage 1998
Farming Method Sustainable, Traditional
Grapes 15% Cabernet Franc, 85% Merlot
Food Pairing Hard Cheese, Red Meat, Salted or Marinated Mushrooms, Suckling Pig, Vegetables
Descriptors Floral, Fruity
Wine Type Red
Wood Presence Oaked
Body Medium
Price of Case $419.70

The Producer

Château Clos de Sarpe

The diminutive St-Emilion Clos de Sarpe was carved off from the much larger Château Haut-Sarpe estate in 1923 to become the 3.6 hectares it is today. But despite its small size it is definitely not a property to overlook. The tiny sliver of vines were purchased by a local winemaker, Jean Beyney, and remain under the guidance of Christine and Jean-Guy Beyney today. What it lacks in hectares, it makes up for in quality.

Clos de Sarpe sits on top terroir and has some of the oldest vines in St-Emilion, some up to 80 years old. The vines are managed following biodynamic principles and are planted on a south-east facing limestone hill, tucked to the north east of the town of St-Emilion itself, just beyond Château Trottevieille. Merlot and Cabernet Franc grapes are hand harvested and matured in new oak barrels.

Due to its tiny yields, fewer than 1,000 cases are produced of the Grand Vin each year, making it rarely seen and worth getting hold of. Careful selection ensures only the best grapes are used. The remainder makes up the second wine, Charles de Sarpe.

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