The inky colored 2018 Château Clos de Sarpe is a beauty and shows the incredible quality of this vintage. Coming from a tiny vineyard (3.7 hectares) and a blend of 85% Merlot and 15% Cabernet Franc again in 70% new barrels, it offers a thrilling bouquet of blue fruits, kirsch, violets, iron, and earth. With medium to full body, building tannins, remarkable purity, and flawless balance, it’s going to benefit from just short-term cellaring and cruise for two decades or more. Tasted twice.
95-97 points, Jeb Dunnuck (May 2019)
Deep garnet-purple colored, the 2018 Clos de Sarpe comes strutting out of the glass with flamboyant Black Forest cake, blackberry pie and warm plums notes with touches of Chinese five spice, dried roses and licorice plus a hint of crushed rocks. Full-bodied, super rich and decadently fruited in the mouth, the structure of super ripe, plush tannins and bold freshness skillfully supports the voluptuous fruit, and it finishes with epic length. With alcohol running at around 15%, this is one for the hedonists! The tentative blend is 85% Merlot and 15% Cabernet Franc with aging anticipated to be for 12 months in oak barriques, 70% new.
94-96 points, Lisa Perrotti-Brown, Wine Advocate (Issue # Interim - Apr 2019)
This is very juicy and salty with dark-berry and walnut aromas and flavors. Full-bodied, tight and savory. White pepper at the end. Unique. Has beautiful drive and intensity. Exciting wine!
94-95 points, James Suckling (Apr 2019)
Clos de Sarpe remains one of the most distinctive wines in all of Bordeaux. Unctuous and extravagantly ripe to its core, Clos de Sarpe exudes a level of sheer richness that differentiates it pretty much from all other wines in the region. Raspberry jam, blood orange, mint and wild flowers build in a rich Saint-Émilion endowed with off the charts intensity and textural richness. The blend is 85% Merlot and 15% Cabernet Franc. I loved it. Tasted two times.
92-95 points, Antonio Galloni, Vinous (Apr 2019)