2001 Clos de Sarpe 750ml

France - Bordeaux - St Emilion/ Red / Bordeaux Blend   |     Watch

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Professional Reviews For This Wine

Wine Advocate | Rating: 95

This may be the biggest, richest, most intensely concentrated wine of the vintage in St.-Emilion (much like it was in 2000). Sadly, there are only 900 cases of this unfined/unfiltered 85% Merlot / 15% Cabernet Sauvignon blend (made from yields of 23 hectoliters per hectare), most of which comes from 60-80-year old vines. Made in a huge, nectar of the vine-like style, it is incredibly pure and rich, but is very uncompromising. It appears to be a modern day version of a wine made in the 1800s. Enormously concentrated, massive on the palate, with excruciatingly high levels of tannin, but also high levels of extract, it is meant for patient connoisseurs. It will have a fascinating evolution, lasting 30-40 years, but being conservative, I will just say drink it between 2010-2025. In all respects, this admirable effort is a throwback to days long gone.

Drink Dates: 2010-2025
Author: Robert Parker
Issue: 153

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International Wine Cellar | Rating: 89

($50-$55) Good medium ruby. High-toned, liqueur-like aromas of raspberry and dark chocolate. Fat and sweet, with superripe flavors similar to the aromas. Lifted by an enticing floral perfume. Finishes with big but sweet tannins.

Author: Stephen Tanzer
Issue: Issue 114

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Collector Reviews For This Wine

Rating: 94
Author: Edward O88
Trust Rating: 99
Tasted On: 03/23/2014
Drink Dates:

Rating: 94
Author: Steve Bachmann
Trust Rating: 97
Tasted On: 09/25/2009
Drink Dates: 2009-2020
Site Blog: The Wine Collector Tasted this at our company staff meeting and was surprised how good it was. (Just found out it has a mid-90s Parker rating too). Merlot content (85%) comes through with high fruit extract, softened tannins (although will mellow further with time I suspect), dark purple color, long finish to savor, and black currant aromatics. I'm buying some when it shows up in our store ($69 or so).

Rating: 94
Author: jmv
Trust Rating: 98
Tasted On: 10/04/2009
Drink Dates: 2015-2025
black currants, fresh blood, old books....this is pure from-nowhere-else-in-the-world bordeaux. dark to the point of opaque, dense and tannic this is nowhere near its peak. in fact, my remaining 5 bottles are going to some dark corner of the cellar. has the makings of something extraordinary.

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Rating: 94
Author: Jay M664
Trust Rating: 100
Tasted On: 10/06/2009
High levels of extract, but well balanced. Light acidity. Very earthy, light blackberry. Even though a 2001, still needs time. Will be fabulous in 5 years.

Average rating: 92, based on 6 reviews
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585 bottles owned by 118 collectors.

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About This Producer

Production is less than 1,000 cases at this 9-acre garagiste estate whose consultant is Michel Rolland's foremost assistant, Jean-Philippe Fort. Situated on St.-Emilion's limestone plateau, the vineyard is planted with 85% Merlot and 15% Cabernet Franc. This offering is meant for those with 19th-century tastes as the proprietor believes in full extraction, huge tannin, and wines meant to be drunk decades after their release. Most vintages experience 40- to 50-day macerations, and tiny yields of 13-25 hectoliters per hectare result in extremely concentrated wines.

Wine Varietal: Bordeaux Blend

Six varieties are permitted to be used in a red Bordeaux blend: Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Malbec, Petit Verdot, and, less frequently, Carmenere. Each lends a specific characteristic to the finished blends, most of which are dominated by large percentages of either Cabernet Sauvignon, which brings aromatics and age-ability, or Merlot, which adds softness and body. In the Bordeaux region, Cabernet blends are found on the Left Bank and Merlot on the Right.

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