2001 Clos de Sarpe 750ml

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

IWC 89   Collector 94
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Professional Reviews For This Wine


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 5 reviews

Collector Data For This Wine

588 bottles owned by 119 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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