Wine Advocate: "The 2021 Clos de Sarpe is showing beautifully, offering up aromas of wild berries and plums mingled with subtle hints of petals, loamy soil, spices and pencil shavings. Medium to full-bodied, seamless and velvety, with powdery tannins, lively acids and a penetrating finish, it shows considerable promise. Maylis Marcenat reported that the vineyard was spared by both frost and mildew but fell victim to poor pollination at flowering, delivering low yields. In the winery, she opted for a long maceration at a very low temperature of merely 23 degrees Celsius for a judicious extraction, and that approach appears to have paid off handsomely."
Galloni: "The 2021 Clos de Sarpe is another terrific wine from an estate that has been on a roll of late. There is plenty of the size and richness Clos de Sarpe fans have come to expect, but these days the wine has a bit more freshness to play off all that extroverted intensity. Black cherry, tobacco, spice and new leather fill out the layers. The finish is ample, creamy and so inviting. Tasted two times."
Dunnuck: "I continue to love the wines from this estate, and while older vintages were powerful and rustic, that's not the case today. These wines always shine for their purity while still bringing lots of fruit and depth. The 2021 Château Clos de Sarpe is 85% Merlot and 15% Cabernet Franc that hit 14% alcohol and is currently resting in 70% new French oak. Medium to full-bodied, ripe, and textured, especially in the vintage, it has terrific blue fruits, notes of iron, chalky mineral, and chocolate, ripe tannins, and a great mid-palate as well as finish. It's well worth seeking out, and I wouldn't be surprised to see it turn out to be one of the longer-lived wines in the vintage."
Wine Cellar Insider: "Flowers, dark cherries, black plums, espresso, chocolate and flowers come through with a strong touch of minerality in the nose and on the salty, rock and stone infused, fresh, bright, juicy, crisp palate. The cut stone elements here make this one of the more individualistic wines of the vintage. The harvest took place October 7 - October 17. Drink from 2026-2050."
Suckling: "A juicy and fruit red with lots of plum, berry and some cherry aromas and flavors. Medium body with round, creamy tannins, yet it remains elegant and bright."
Falstaff: "Dunkles Rubingranat, violette Reflexe, zarte Randaufhellung. Feine Zwetschkenfrucht, dunkle Kirschen, ein Hauch von Nougat und Feigen, kandierte Orangenzesten. Saftig, elegant, feine Säure, rote Kirschen, seidige Tannine, finessenreich strukturiert, zeigt Länge, eleganter Speisenbegleiter."
Neal Martin: "The 2021 Clos de Sarpe, picked October 7–17, offers raspberry coulis, wild strawberry and figgy scents on
the nose, just a little confit-like in style (possibly due to a bit of SO2). The well-defined palate is mediumbodied with grainy tannins, fine acidity and a minerally, precise finish. Good potential, but you may need to be patient."
Decanter: "Richly fruited and driving with high acidity and such lifted brightness. A burst of mouthwatering red berry fruit, pink floral touches and graphite on the palate which sustains a mid-palate in terms of continuation of flavour and density of tannins, though they are fine and powdery. It's lightly framed no doubt, but they haven't pushed too hard here, letting the vintage shine through harmoniously and the overall concentration and drive suggests this will further round out over ageing. A fun, playful and promising wine."
Chateau Clos de Sarpe
Chateau Clos de Sarpe, 330 Route de Saint Emilion, 33330 Saint-Christophe-des-Bardes, Frankreich