Château Clos de Sarpe

Saint-Émilion Red Bordeaux Blend

9.070 ratings
8.814 pro ratings
St. Émilion, Libournais, Bordeaux, France
Red Bordeaux Blend
Top Notes For
Shay A
9.2

Monthly WTF guys blind tasting group. This month was our annual, and famed, Left Bank vs Right Bank theme. All wines served blind as usual. Started off with a Rosé and a champagne. Great night.

Another producer I was not familiar with. Great aromatics of espresso, blackberry jam & baked fig. Palate was blue and black fruit dominant with sandalwood and dark chocolate. Touch sweet. Enjoyable now. I called this ‘12-14 Right Bank. Thanks
@Michael Rariden .

Monthly WTF guys blind tasting group. This month was our annual, and famed, Left Bank vs Right Bank theme. All wines served blind as usual. Started off with a Rosé and a champagne. Great night.

Another producer I was not familiar with. Great aromatics of espresso, blackberry jam & baked fig. Palate was blue and black fruit dominant with sandalwood and dark chocolate. Touch sweet. Enjoyable now. I called this ‘12-14 Right Bank. Thanks
@Michael Rariden .

May 15th, 2019
Victor hwang

Victor had this 5 years ago

Victor had this 5 years ago

2 people found it helpfulNov 22nd, 2014
James Leahy

Right vintage, with the right crew, on the right evening. Right on!

Right vintage, with the right crew, on the right evening. Right on!

Apr 20th, 2017
MJ Tsay

on its way out but thanks to James Leahy for sharing!

on its way out but thanks to James Leahy for sharing!

Mar 14th, 2017
David Kline

Powerhouse red with cinnamon stick, smoky, black cherry, powdery graphite, blueberry powder, dried mint, leather, Indian corn, and anise seed. Rich, full mouthfeel envelops a dehydrated blueberry, black pepper, black currant, mint, oregano, endless graphite and charcoal stick that scribble beautifully in undulating patterns upon broken river rocks! Not a great vintage, but still an amazing wine with incredible depth.

Powerhouse red with cinnamon stick, smoky, black cherry, powdery graphite, blueberry powder, dried mint, leather, Indian corn, and anise seed. Rich, full mouthfeel envelops a dehydrated blueberry, black pepper, black currant, mint, oregano, endless graphite and charcoal stick that scribble beautifully in undulating patterns upon broken river rocks! Not a great vintage, but still an amazing wine with incredible depth.

Jan 2nd, 2017
Tracy Hall

Typical Bordeaux baby diaper on the nose initially. With air it's aldehydic and pomacey.

Typical Bordeaux baby diaper on the nose initially. With air it's aldehydic and pomacey.

Apr 7th, 2016
Ben Franco

Owner Winedown cafe & wine bar

9.0

Upgrade to grand cru classes in 2012 this wine was one of the favorites of a tasting of St. Emilion mineral rock hints of vanilla cinnamon and allspice tannin in control with rich juicy black fruits..

Upgrade to grand cru classes in 2012 this wine was one of the favorites of a tasting of St. Emilion mineral rock hints of vanilla cinnamon and allspice tannin in control with rich juicy black fruits..

Nov 6th, 2015
John Sweeney

Still holding on, but drink up soon.

Still holding on, but drink up soon.

Apr 7th, 2015
Gary Westby

Champagne & Sherry buyer K&L Wines

7.4

Why does Bordeaux have to be 15%?

Why does Bordeaux have to be 15%?

Oct 27th, 2013
Jay Kline

Popped and poured; consumed over a five hour period. This bottle came from my cellar. Two immediate reactions were 1) the inside of the bottle looked like it had a patina of sediment coating the side it was laying on and 2) the fruit smelled stewed and overripe. However, it tasted nothing like that. Instead, it was much brighter with dark and red fruits, earth and baking spices with a hefty bit of acid lifting everything up. After about 90 minutes, the nose became much more vibrant with red rope licorice, oldleather and cedar chest. Close to the end of the bottle, this wine was showing it’s best but it was also beginning to show more structure with tannin and acid taking a more central role. Strange experience. Not sure what to make of the future for this. Wishing I had more clarity...and another bottle to see if these become something special with more age...or nothing special at all.

Popped and poured; consumed over a five hour period. This bottle came from my cellar. Two immediate reactions were 1) the inside of the bottle looked like it had a patina of sediment coating the side it was laying on and 2) the fruit smelled stewed and overripe. However, it tasted nothing like that. Instead, it was much brighter with dark and red fruits, earth and baking spices with a hefty bit of acid lifting everything up. After about 90 minutes, the nose became much more vibrant with red rope licorice, oldleather and cedar chest. Close to the end of the bottle, this wine was showing it’s best but it was also beginning to show more structure with tannin and acid taking a more central role. Strange experience. Not sure what to make of the future for this. Wishing I had more clarity...and another bottle to see if these become something special with more age...or nothing special at all.

Aug 20th, 2018