The 2018 Clos de Sarpe is a blend of 85% Merlot and 15% Cabernet Franc, aged for approximately 12 months in oak barriques, 70% new. It opens with powerful notes of blackberry pie, plum preserves and blueberry compote, leading to suggestions of Indian spices, cardamom, rose oil and ground cloves. The full-bodied palate is richly fruited and densely laden with exotic spice and earthy layers, framed by exquisitely ripe, velvety tannins and tons of freshness, finishing very long and fragrant. Stunning! With alcohol running at around 15%, this is one for the hedonists.
96 points, Lisa Perrotti-Brown, Wine Advocate (Mar 2021)
Dark cherries, graphite, bay leaves and black tea leaves on the nose. It’s full-bodied and savory with a fleshy texture. Balanced and refined. Wonderful center palate of dark fruit. Elegant tannin structure with a long, flavorful finish and palpable freshness. Try after 2025.
96 points, James Suckling (Jan 2021)
This tiny estate located on the upper plateau is firing on all cylinders today, and their 2018 Château Clos De Sarpe is a beautiful, elegant wine offering awesome notes of black cherries, iron, smoked tobacco, earth, and violets. Based on 85% Merlot and 15% Cabernet Franc brought up 70% new oak, it hits the palate with medium to full-bodied richness, silky tannins, terrific purity, and outstanding length. This is a much more refined, elegant style of wine from this address that will be accessible with just 4-5 years in the cellar and keep for 20-30 years or more.
95+ points, Jeb Dunnuck (Mar 2021)
The 2018 Clos de Sarpe has a clean, pure and well-delineated bouquet of ebullient black cherries and blueberry fruit mixed with graphite and violet. It is intense but not overwhelming. The palate is medium-bodied with saturated tannins, a fine bead of acidity, a velvety texture and a gorgeous finish featuring blood orange and a citrus freshness that puts a spring in its step. Superb, though cut from a different cloth than previous vintages.
94 points, Neal Martin, Vinous (Mar 2021)