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Producer: Chateau Clos De Sarpe, Article: Clos de Sarpe: 1952 – 2015

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2015 Chateau Clos De Sarpe

Showing even better now than on release, the 2015 Château Clos de Sarpe might be one of the greatest wines to ever emerge from this tiny vineyard just outside of Saint Emilion. Dense purple/plum-hued, with an enormous bouquet of blueberries, blackberries, white truffles, violets, and spring flowers, it hits the palate with full-bodied richness, an incredible sense of opulence, and silky, polished tannins. It's absorbed just about every trace of its oak élevage, and while it's an incredible drink today, it's going to evolve for 30+ years or more.

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Showing even better now than on release, the 2015 Château Clos de Sarpe might be one of the greatest wines to ever emerge from this tiny vineyard just outside of Saint Emilion. Dense purple/plum-hued, with an enormous bouquet of blueberries, blackberries, white truffles, violets, and spring flowers, it hits the palate with full-bodied richness, an incredible sense of opulence, and silky, polished tannins. It's absorbed just about every trace of its oak élevage, and while it's an incredible drink today, it's going to evolve for 30+ years or more.

2014 Chateau Clos De Sarpe

The 2014 Château Clos de Sarpe shows the more classic, medium-bodied style of the vintage nicely and is going to benefit from bottle age. Cooler notes of black fruits, graphite, gravelly earth, and a touch of violets all emerge from the glass, and it's nicely concentrated, has silky tannins, and a great finish. It's a beautiful, elegant, classic Saint-Emilion. Give bottles 4-6 years and it will evolve gracefully for over 20 years.

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The 2014 Château Clos de Sarpe shows the more classic, medium-bodied style of the vintage nicely and is going to benefit from bottle age. Cooler notes of black fruits, graphite, gravelly earth, and a touch of violets all emerge from the glass, and it's nicely concentrated, has silky tannins, and a great finish. It's a beautiful, elegant, classic Saint-Emilion. Give bottles 4-6 years and it will evolve gracefully for over 20 years.

2012 Chateau Clos De Sarpe

I've been telling everyone I can that 2012 on the Right Bank is superb, so the quality of the 2012 Château Clos de Sarpe didn't surprise me. This still vivid purple-hued beauty isn't far off the 2009 in style yet has a touch more purity and precision as well as full-bodied richness and depth, beautifully polished tannins, and a seamless texture. The tannin quality here is brilliant and gives this some early appeal, yet it's going to age beautifully as well.

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I've been telling everyone I can that 2012 on the Right Bank is superb, so the quality of the 2012 Château Clos de Sarpe didn't surprise me. This still vivid purple-hued beauty isn't far off the 2009 in style yet has a touch more purity and precision as well as full-bodied richness and depth, beautifully polished tannins, and a seamless texture. The tannin quality here is brilliant and gives this some early appeal, yet it's going to age beautifully as well.

2009 Chateau Clos De Sarpe

The inky colored 2009 Château Clos de Sarpe knocks it out of the park, and while it doesn't quite have the precision of the 2005, it offers a similar level depth, richness, and power. Loads of chocolatey dark fruits, smoked tobacco, dried herbs, and loamy earth all give way to a huge, expansive, incredibly sexy wine that has the fruit and texture to drink nicely today but is going to evolve for 30-40 years or more. I love it.

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The inky colored 2009 Château Clos de Sarpe knocks it out of the park, and while it doesn't quite have the precision of the 2005, it offers a similar level depth, richness, and power. Loads of chocolatey dark fruits, smoked tobacco, dried herbs, and loamy earth all give way to a huge, expansive, incredibly sexy wine that has the fruit and texture to drink nicely today but is going to evolve for 30-40 years or more. I love it.

2007 Chateau Clos De Sarpe

From a vintage that seems to be drinking at point today, the 2007 Château Clos de Sarpe has a more medium-bodied, rounded, charming style that reminds me of the 1978 with its open-knit, sexy texture. It's not a massive wine by any means yet has captivating aromas of white truffle, raspberries, red currants, spring flowers, and cedary herbs that develops beautifully with time in the glass. Drink this elegant, complex 2007 any time over the coming two decades or more.

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From a vintage that seems to be drinking at point today, the 2007 Château Clos de Sarpe has a more medium-bodied, rounded, charming style that reminds me of the 1978 with its open-knit, sexy texture. It's not a massive wine by any means yet has captivating aromas of white truffle, raspberries, red currants, spring flowers, and cedary herbs that develops beautifully with time in the glass. Drink this elegant, complex 2007 any time over the coming two decades or more.

2005 Chateau Clos De Sarpe

Along with the 2015, the 2005 Château Clos de Sarpe is, I suspect, one of the finest wines ever made at this address. Still vivid purple-hued, with awesome notes of crème de cassis, jammy blackberries, toasted spices, unsmoked tobacco, and crushed rock-like minerality, this beauty is full-bodied, uber-concentrated, and powerful, yet stays seamless and elegant on the palate. This incredible wine is in the top tier of wines in the vintage. I love it today, yet it will evolve for another 30-40 years.

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Along with the 2015, the 2005 Château Clos de Sarpe is, I suspect, one of the finest wines ever made at this address. Still vivid purple-hued, with awesome notes of crème de cassis, jammy blackberries, toasted spices, unsmoked tobacco, and crushed rock-like minerality, this beauty is full-bodied, uber-concentrated, and powerful, yet stays seamless and elegant on the palate. This incredible wine is in the top tier of wines in the vintage. I love it today, yet it will evolve for another 30-40 years.

2004 Chateau Clos De Sarpe

The 2004 Château Clos de Sarpe is seriously good, offering complex notes of jammy blackberry, blackcurrants, tobacco, and spring flowers, with even a hint of forest floor already developing. Medium to full-bodied, nicely concentrated and balanced on the palate, it's wonderfully textured, has plenty of mid-palate depth, and a great finish. It's a terrific 2004.

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The 2004 Château Clos de Sarpe is seriously good, offering complex notes of jammy blackberry, blackcurrants, tobacco, and spring flowers, with even a hint of forest floor already developing. Medium to full-bodied, nicely concentrated and balanced on the palate, it's wonderfully textured, has plenty of mid-palate depth, and a great finish. It's a terrific 2004.

2002 Chateau Clos De Sarpe

More firm and angular, the 2002 Château Clos de Sarpe is nevertheless nicely concentrated, with classic, almost austere notes of ripe black fruits, graphite, chocolate, and scorched earth. Playing in the medium-bodied end of the spectrum, with bright acidity and ripe tannins, it's going to be interesting to see how this evolves, possibly similar to the 1975?

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More firm and angular, the 2002 Château Clos de Sarpe is nevertheless nicely concentrated, with classic, almost austere notes of ripe black fruits, graphite, chocolate, and scorched earth. Playing in the medium-bodied end of the spectrum, with bright acidity and ripe tannins, it's going to be interesting to see how this evolves, possibly similar to the 1975?

2001 Chateau Clos De Sarpe

From an underrated vintage (especially for the Right Bank), the 2001 Château Clos de Sarpe is a bigger, richer wine than the 1999 and has a rocking bouquet of blackcurrants, tobacco, chocolate, Asian spices, and a touch of white truffle and minty herbs. Youthfully colored, medium to full-bodied and both elegant and powerful, it's drinking spectacularly well today yet has another two decades of longevity ahead of it.

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From an underrated vintage (especially for the Right Bank), the 2001 Château Clos de Sarpe is a bigger, richer wine than the 1999 and has a rocking bouquet of blackcurrants, tobacco, chocolate, Asian spices, and a touch of white truffle and minty herbs. Youthfully colored, medium to full-bodied and both elegant and powerful, it's drinking spectacularly well today yet has another two decades of longevity ahead of it.

1999 Chateau Clos De Sarpe

The 1999 Château Clos de Sarpe is also beautiful, and while it shares aromatics with the 1998 (tobacco, cigar, subtle oak and dark fruits), it's more elegant, medium to full-bodied, and seamless on the palate. The balance here is spot on, its tannins are ripe and polished, and it has wonderful purity of fruit, all pointing to a brilliant Saint-Emilion that will have a long life.

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The 1999 Château Clos de Sarpe is also beautiful, and while it shares aromatics with the 1998 (tobacco, cigar, subtle oak and dark fruits), it's more elegant, medium to full-bodied, and seamless on the palate. The balance here is spot on, its tannins are ripe and polished, and it has wonderful purity of fruit, all pointing to a brilliant Saint-Emilion that will have a long life.

1998 Chateau Clos De Sarpe

The 1998 Château Clos de Sarpe is another start of a dramatic change in winemaker, with new oak being introduced to the estate in 1997 (that wine was brought up in equal parts new oak and concrete) and the 1998 to present being brought up all in new barrels. The 1987 was also the first vintage to be completely destemmed (by hand) and the estate started using a mechanical destemmer in 2005. The 1998 reveals a still youthful ruby color as well as a big, ripe, sexy nose of blackcurrants, cigar wrappers, toasted spice, and sweet oak. These carry to a powerful, full-bodied Saint-Emilion that has a wonderful sweetness of fruit, a stacked mid-palate, sweet tannins, and a great finish. It's drinking brilliantly today yet has a long life ahead of it.

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The 1998 Château Clos de Sarpe is another start of a dramatic change in winemaker, with new oak being introduced to the estate in 1997 (that wine was brought up in equal parts new oak and concrete) and the 1998 to present being brought up all in new barrels. The 1987 was also the first vintage to be completely destemmed (by hand) and the estate started using a mechanical destemmer in 2005. The 1998 reveals a still youthful ruby color as well as a big, ripe, sexy nose of blackcurrants, cigar wrappers, toasted spice, and sweet oak. These carry to a powerful, full-bodied Saint-Emilion that has a wonderful sweetness of fruit, a stacked mid-palate, sweet tannins, and a great finish. It's drinking brilliantly today yet has a long life ahead of it.

1994 Chateau Clos De Sarpe

A big step up over the 1993, the 1994 Château Clos de Sarpe offers more finesse and elegance as well as downright pretty notes of spiced blackcurrants, flowers, and forest floor. Fully mature, balanced, and nicely textured on the palate, it does a lot right and is incredibly satisfying. Drink it over the coming 20 years or more.

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A big step up over the 1993, the 1994 Château Clos de Sarpe offers more finesse and elegance as well as downright pretty notes of spiced blackcurrants, flowers, and forest floor. Fully mature, balanced, and nicely textured on the palate, it does a lot right and is incredibly satisfying. Drink it over the coming 20 years or more.

1993 Chateau Clos De Sarpe

The 1993 Château Clos de Sarpe is enjoyable, with attractive roasted herbs, chocolate, and cigar notes as well as sweet black cherry fruit, but it's chewy and rustic on the palate. Nevertheless, as with all these wines from Jean-Guy Beyney, it has a density and depth on the palate that always gives pleasure.

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The 1993 Château Clos de Sarpe is enjoyable, with attractive roasted herbs, chocolate, and cigar notes as well as sweet black cherry fruit, but it's chewy and rustic on the palate. Nevertheless, as with all these wines from Jean-Guy Beyney, it has a density and depth on the palate that always gives pleasure.

1989 Chateau Clos De Sarpe

The 1989 Château Clos de Sarpe is also terrific and certainly stood out in the lineup. Deep ruby/plum-hued, a rocking bouquet of blackcurrants, unsmoked cigar tobacco, sappy herbs, and chocolate all emerge from this ripe, medium to full-bodied, beautifully textured Saint-Emilion. It shows the house style in its concentrated, powerful vibe, yet it's nevertheless elegant, if not even pretty, on the palate. This beautiful wine will evolve gracefully for another 15-20 years or more. Don't let that keep you from opening bottles, though!

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The 1989 Château Clos de Sarpe is also terrific and certainly stood out in the lineup. Deep ruby/plum-hued, a rocking bouquet of blackcurrants, unsmoked cigar tobacco, sappy herbs, and chocolate all emerge from this ripe, medium to full-bodied, beautifully textured Saint-Emilion. It shows the house style in its concentrated, powerful vibe, yet it's nevertheless elegant, if not even pretty, on the palate. This beautiful wine will evolve gracefully for another 15-20 years or more. Don't let that keep you from opening bottles, though!

1988 Chateau Clos De Sarpe

Even better, the 1988 Château Clos de Sarpe is medium to full-bodied, ripe, textured, and downright silky, with terrific notes of tobacco, cedary herbs, chocolate, leafy herbs, and earthy black fruits. The tannins are sweeter, and the wine is balanced, with plenty of mid-palate depth and a great finish. Drink bottle anytime over the coming 15-20 years.

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Even better, the 1988 Château Clos de Sarpe is medium to full-bodied, ripe, textured, and downright silky, with terrific notes of tobacco, cedary herbs, chocolate, leafy herbs, and earthy black fruits. The tannins are sweeter, and the wine is balanced, with plenty of mid-palate depth and a great finish. Drink bottle anytime over the coming 15-20 years.

1986 Chateau Clos De Sarpe

The 1986 Château Clos de Sarpe is beautiful, and you can see the change in the winemaker at this point (Jean-Guy took over the reins in 1985), with the wines showing more sweet dark fruits and slightly less of the evolved, Burgundian style found in the older vintages. Starting with the 1985, the wines are partially destemmed and the élevage is on the order of 18 months in concrete as opposed to years in tank. Lots of ripe blackcurrants, chocolatey herbs, and cedar notes dominate the bouquet, and this beauty is concentrated, packed with fruit, balanced, and long. It's a beautiful wine and a great introduction to the change in style at the estate.

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The 1986 Château Clos de Sarpe is beautiful, and you can see the change in the winemaker at this point (Jean-Guy took over the reins in 1985), with the wines showing more sweet dark fruits and slightly less of the evolved, Burgundian style found in the older vintages. Starting with the 1985, the wines are partially destemmed and the élevage is on the order of 18 months in concrete as opposed to years in tank. Lots of ripe blackcurrants, chocolatey herbs, and cedar notes dominate the bouquet, and this beauty is concentrated, packed with fruit, balanced, and long. It's a beautiful wine and a great introduction to the change in style at the estate.

1985 Chateau Clos De Sarpe

Deeper hued, as are most wines from 1985 on, the 1985 Château Clos de Sarpe has a richer, masculine style in its dark, chocolaty aromas and flavors as well as dried herbs and tobacco. Medium to full-bodied, with bright acidity and a firm, angular, yet concentrated style, the overall balance here might be questionable, but it nevertheless certainly has character as well as a big mid-palate.

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Deeper hued, as are most wines from 1985 on, the 1985 Château Clos de Sarpe has a richer, masculine style in its dark, chocolaty aromas and flavors as well as dried herbs and tobacco. Medium to full-bodied, with bright acidity and a firm, angular, yet concentrated style, the overall balance here might be questionable, but it nevertheless certainly has character as well as a big mid-palate.

1983 Chateau Clos De Sarpe

While the 1983 Château Clos de Sarpe is more focused and chiseled compared to the evolved 1981, it nevertheless has a wonderfully complete, balanced, complex style that builds nicely with time in the glass. The tannins that are present in all these older vintages of Clos de Sarpe are certainly there, but they're sweet and polished, and the wine has no hard edges and just a fabulous texture.

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While the 1983 Château Clos de Sarpe is more focused and chiseled compared to the evolved 1981, it nevertheless has a wonderfully complete, balanced, complex style that builds nicely with time in the glass. The tannins that are present in all these older vintages of Clos de Sarpe are certainly there, but they're sweet and polished, and the wine has no hard edges and just a fabulous texture.

1981 Chateau Clos De Sarpe

The 1981 Château Clos de Sarpe showed nicely, with a resolved, medium-bodied, and undeniably elegant profile on the palate. It has classic chocolatey dark fruits, leather, and cigar tobacco aromatics as well as good mid-palate depth and ripe tannins. Similar in style to the 1979, it's fully mature, has plenty of sweet red and black fruits, and a good finish. Drink it any time over the coming decade or so as well.

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The 1981 Château Clos de Sarpe showed nicely, with a resolved, medium-bodied, and undeniably elegant profile on the palate. It has classic chocolatey dark fruits, leather, and cigar tobacco aromatics as well as good mid-palate depth and ripe tannins. Similar in style to the 1979, it's fully mature, has plenty of sweet red and black fruits, and a good finish. Drink it any time over the coming decade or so as well.

1979 Chateau Clos De Sarpe

While the 1979 Château Clos de Sarpe doesn't match the elegance and seamlessness of the 1978, it has a pretty, medium-bodied, silky and resolved style as well as complex notes of dried flowers, cedary spice, sous bois, and light red fruits. This is a classy, fully mature, yet not tired Saint-Emilion that will keep for another decade or so.

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While the 1979 Château Clos de Sarpe doesn't match the elegance and seamlessness of the 1978, it has a pretty, medium-bodied, silky and resolved style as well as complex notes of dried flowers, cedary spice, sous bois, and light red fruits. This is a classy, fully mature, yet not tired Saint-Emilion that will keep for another decade or so.

1978 Chateau Clos De Sarpe

Even better, the 1978 Château Clos de Sarpe is beautiful, and while not as concentrated as the 1975, it has more complexity, elegance, and texture. Offering awesome notes of spring flowers, white truffle, spicy incense, and mint, it has a medium-bodied, ethereal style on the palate, sweet, resolved tannins, beautiful balance, and a great finish. It's drinking at point today, no doubt, but these wines age fabulously well, and this one has another two decades of life.

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Even better, the 1978 Château Clos de Sarpe is beautiful, and while not as concentrated as the 1975, it has more complexity, elegance, and texture. Offering awesome notes of spring flowers, white truffle, spicy incense, and mint, it has a medium-bodied, ethereal style on the palate, sweet, resolved tannins, beautiful balance, and a great finish. It's drinking at point today, no doubt, but these wines age fabulously well, and this one has another two decades of life.

1975 Chateau Clos De Sarpe

The 1975 Château Clos de Sarpe is cut from the same cloth as the 1974 aromatically, with lots of black tea, spicy, leathery, chocolatey and blackcurrant aromatics, yet has substantially more mid-palate depth as well as concentration. This was a hot, tannic vintage, and this mouthfilling, medium to full-bodied, balanced Saint-Emilion still has plenty of tannins, although they're sweet and polished. The tannins will probably outlive the fruit when all is said and done, yet the track record of this estate certainly bodes well for long aging. Drink this classic Saint-Emilion over the next 15-20 years.

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The 1975 Château Clos de Sarpe is cut from the same cloth as the 1974 aromatically, with lots of black tea, spicy, leathery, chocolatey and blackcurrant aromatics, yet has substantially more mid-palate depth as well as concentration. This was a hot, tannic vintage, and this mouthfilling, medium to full-bodied, balanced Saint-Emilion still has plenty of tannins, although they're sweet and polished. The tannins will probably outlive the fruit when all is said and done, yet the track record of this estate certainly bodes well for long aging. Drink this classic Saint-Emilion over the next 15-20 years.

1974 Chateau Clos De Sarpe

I love the 1974 Château Clos de Sarpe, which is certainly a solid wine from this difficult vintage. Lots of sous bois, black tea, tobacco, and dried cedar all emerge from the glass, and it has a surprisingly sweet core of fruit, medium-bodied richness and depth, and a great finish. The tannins are completely resolved, and I'd be happy to drink a bottle any time over the coming decade.

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I love the 1974 Château Clos de Sarpe, which is certainly a solid wine from this difficult vintage. Lots of sous bois, black tea, tobacco, and dried cedar all emerge from the glass, and it has a surprisingly sweet core of fruit, medium-bodied richness and depth, and a great finish. The tannins are completely resolved, and I'd be happy to drink a bottle any time over the coming decade.

1973 Chateau Clos De Sarpe

From a cooler, rainy, difficult vintage, the 1973 Château Clos de Sarpe is nevertheless terrific and comes across as incredibly Burgundian (I'd probably have guessed Gevrey in a blind tasting) with lots of dried flowers, loamy earth, cedarwood, and forest floor aromas and flavors. I love its complexity, and it's medium-bodied, balanced, lightly textured, and satisfying on the palate. This estate excels in tough vintages (I suspect due to incredibly tiny yields), and this is impressive.

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From a cooler, rainy, difficult vintage, the 1973 Château Clos de Sarpe is nevertheless terrific and comes across as incredibly Burgundian (I'd probably have guessed Gevrey in a blind tasting) with lots of dried flowers, loamy earth, cedarwood, and forest floor aromas and flavors. I love its complexity, and it's medium-bodied, balanced, lightly textured, and satisfying on the palate. This estate excels in tough vintages (I suspect due to incredibly tiny yields), and this is impressive.

1971 Chateau Clos De Sarpe

More sous bois, cedar, and vegetal notes emerge from the 1971 Château Clos de Sarpe, which is medium-bodied and balanced, with good acidity on the palate. It's not profound and is a touch tired, yet has charm. Drink up.

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More sous bois, cedar, and vegetal notes emerge from the 1971 Château Clos de Sarpe, which is medium-bodied and balanced, with good acidity on the palate. It's not profound and is a touch tired, yet has charm. Drink up.