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Chateau Clos Marsalette (Futures Pre-Sale) 2020

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JS 94
James Suckling

Lots of blackberry and walnut with some spice and grilled meat. It’s medium-bodied with firm, creamy tannins and a flavorful finish. Lovely ripe fruit in the center palate. Barrel Sample: 93-94

JD 93
Jeb Dunnuck
Loads of tobacco, jalapeño, and red and blue fruits emerge from the 2020 Clos Marsalette. This beauty is medium to full-bodied on the palate, with a balanced, elegant texture, building, ripe tannins, and the wonderful purity and freshness that are the hallmarks of this vintage. Given its purity, balance, and solid underlying structure, it will benefit from 2-5 years of bottle age and have two decades of prime drinking.
Barrel Sample: 91-93
WS 93
Wine Spectator

Very sleek and tightly focused, with a long, thin, piercing iron note through the middle of a core of red currant and loganberry fruit, all flanked in turn by subtle alder and red tea. Flashes a mouthwatering edge on the finish, too. Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Cabernet Franc.

D 92
Decanter
Soft grilled oak notes on the nose, this has the glamour of Clos Marsalette, beautifully expressed with a touch of bitter coffee on the finish that adds balance. Concentrated and intense, with 22hl/ha yield coming through in the depth of flavour, balanced by touches of eucalyptus and spice. 35% new oak. Tasted twice.
Barrel Sample: 92
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Chateau Clos Marsalette

Chateau Clos Marsalette

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Chateau Clos Marsalette, France
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Located in Martillac, in the Pessac-Léognan appellation, Clos Marsalette is jointly owned by Count Stephan von Neipperg and Didier Miqueu.

This vineyard sits magnificently on gravelly rises deposited eons ago by the Garonne. Offering a great diversity, the subsoil is composed of marine sediment from the Miocene and Pliocene epochs (5 to 15 million years ago) in the form of shelly sand with a bit of clay, fawn-colored sand, and multi-colored clay.

Clos Marsalette's vineyard which covers an area of 12,30 hectares (for the red wine) plus 1,30 hectares (for the white wine) is also looked after expertly in order to produce a wine reflecting the typicity of this Terroir.

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Pessac-Leognan Wine

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Recognized for its superior reds as well as whites, Pessac-Léognan on the Left Bank claims classified growths for both—making it quite unique in comparison to its neighboring Médoc properties.

Pessac’s Chateau Haut-Brion, the only first growth located outside of the Médoc, is said to have been the first to conceptualize fine red wine in Bordeaux back in the late 1600s. The estate, along with its high-esteemed neighbors, La Mission Haut-Brion, Les Carmes Haut-Brion, Pique-Caillou and Chateau Pape-Clément are today all but enveloped by the city of Bordeaux. The rest of the vineyards of Pessac-Léognan are in clearings of heavily forested area or abutting dense suburbs.

Arid sand and gravel on top of clay and limestone make the area unique and conducive to growing Sémillon and Sauvignon blanc as well as the grapes in the usual Left Bank red recipe: Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc and miniscule percentages of Petit Verdot and Malbec.

The best reds will show great force and finesse with inky blue and black fruit, mushroom, forest, tobacco, iodine and a smooth and intriguing texture.

Its best whites show complexity, longevity and no lack of exotic twists on citrus, tropical and stone fruit with pronounced floral and spice characteristics.

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One of the world’s most classic and popular styles of red wine, Bordeaux-inspired blends have spread from their homeland in France to nearly every corner of the New World. Typically based on either Cabernet Sauvignon or Merlot and supported by Cabernet Franc, Malbec and Petit Verdot, the best of these are densely hued, fragrant, full of fruit and boast a structure that begs for cellar time. Somm Secret—Blends from Bordeaux are generally earthier compared to those from the New World, which tend to be fruit-dominant.

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