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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 173
Dark bright red. Red berries, flowers, iron, minerals and earthy porcini on the precise nose. Fine-grained, sweet and youthfully restrained, showing superb sappy energy but with red fruits and flowers in the deep background today. This elegant wine is most impressive on the reverberating back end, which features complex pepper, herb and rose petal lift and superb eclat . But in a shell today and in need of six to eight years of patience.
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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