Clos St. Martin Clos St. Martin

Saint-Émilion, France

Vintage:2018 (Current)

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Clos St. Martin  Clos St. Martin  2018
  • V 94
  • JS 94
  • WS 93
  • D 92

Reviews

Wine Spectator

93 Points

March 31, 2021, James Molesworth

“Very stylish, with flecks of dried herb scattered amidst a very pure display of bitter cherry, plum reduction and red currant coulis flavors. Racy, focused finish has a latent mineral twinge too. Lovely. Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Cabernet Sauvignon. Best from 2022 through 2032.”

Vinous Media

94 Points

March 2021, Neal Martin

“The 2018 Clos Saint-Martin is a wine that I last tasted from barrel on my final visit to Bordeaux before the pandemic. Now in bottle, it has a sensual, almost understated bouquet at first, but incredibly pure, offering black cherries, touches of blue fruit and iris petals. The oak here is seamlessly integrated. The palate is medium-bodied with svelte tannins, a wonderful seam of acidity and one of the silkiest finishes that I have encountered in Saint-Émilion this vintage. Chapeau!”

JamesSuckling.com

94 Points

January 8, 2021, James Suckling

“Blackberries and dark cherries, with herb and violet notes. It’s full-bodied with an inky feel, providing savory, supple character. The structure is still a bit tight, but the tannins are well formed. Nicely balanced. Try after 2024.”

Decanter

92 Points

November 9, 2020, Jane Anson

“Classic St-Emilion limestone, concentrated but not overly so, with fresh fruits and sappy spices. Saline edges and great persistency.”

Overview

Established in 1850, this jewel-like estate is situated on Saint-Émilion’s limestone plateau, adjacent to Château Canon. Named after the neighboring church of Saint-Martin, Clos Saint-Martin is owned and managed by Sophie Fourcade, a descendant of the Reiffers family, established wine producers in Saint-Émilion since the 17th century, with Michel Rolland acting as consultant winemaker.

At just 3.2 acres, Clos Saint-Martin is the smallest classified growth in SaintÉmilion. The vines, averaging 37 years of age, are planted on clay and limestone soils, typical of the appellation’s limestone plateau, with southwestern exposure. The site’s natural qualities coupled with the team’s devoted care yield a wine that is powerful, structured, yet round and elegant. A great wine that is very sought-after by the initiate.

Winemaking

After the hand-harvest, the grapes undergo a pre-fermentation cold maceration at 46°F. The must is fermented partly in new oak barrels and partly in amphorae. The first four months of aging are spent on the lees, stirred twice every week, allowing the wine to develop volume and body. The wine is then aged for 18 months in new oak barrels and amphorae. At Clos Saint-Martin, each vine and each barrel enjoys the undivided attention of owner Sophie Fourcade and her team.

Harvest Notes

Winter and spring were very rainy. A late budbreak, noted on April 9th , allowed us to avoid a spring frost. The flowering, from May 23rd to 30th, went well and the potential quality was significant. The rainy spring caused a severe attack of mildew, which was thwarted thanks to the considerable efforts of our vineyard workers. Throughout the summer, a team of 60 crop-thinned, adapting the desired yield to the parcel and the age of the vines. Near-perfect balance was the reward for 16,800 hours of meticulous work. Véraison took place from July 26th to August 12th. The main characteristic of this vintage was the 1,136 hours of sunshine between June and September, a notable record of the past fifty years. Harvest, graced with sunny skies and warm temperatures, took place from September 18th to October 4th.

Technical Information

Varietals: 80% Merlot, 15% Cabernet Sauvignon, 5% Cabernet Franc.

Acres: 3.2 acres acres

Soil Composition: Clay & limestone

Average Vine Age: 37 years

Aging: 18 months: 80% in new oak barrels and 20% in amphorae