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Author: Allen Meadows
(from a 1.48 ha parcel). Here too an adroit application of wood serves as a discreet foil for the more obvious floral aromas that enjoy added scope from the presence of pure, spicy and highly complex red and dark berry scents. There is an abundance of mouth coating extract that imparts a suave, even lush character to the very rich medium-bodied flavors that are an exercise in finesse and refinement while offering controlled power and outstanding length. A classic Clos St. Denis.
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International Wine Cellar
Author: Stephen Tanzer
Issue: Issue 166
(a roughly 50/50 blend of fruit planted in the early 1950s and a more recent 1991 planting, although Seysses told me that some of the 1991 clones barely produce any fruit): Good bright medium. Pretty perfume of red cherry, raspberry, minerals and rose petal. Juicy and intense if a bit youthfully imploded, showing lovely sappy energy to the spicy red fruit and raspberry flavors. This wonderfully suave, palate-coating midweight offers enticing sweetness and precision, not to mention subtle power. Dense, aromatic and very long on the aftertaste. Really quintessential Clos Saint-Denis, and sure to gain in flesh over the next 8 to 10 years.
Author: Neal Martin
The 2011 Clos Saint Denis Grand Cru is missing a little cohesion on the nose, rather loose-knit with broody, stony red berry fruit. Fortunately, it begins to come together with rigorous swirling of the glass and musters much better focus. The palate is medium-bodied with quite chalky tannins on the entry. There is a fine core of red cherries, pomegranate and attractive saline notes toward the masculine finish. It is more approachable than other vintages that I have tasted at this stage, but it deserves three or four years in bottle because there is a lot of potential here. Drink 2015-2025.
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