Some meaty barrel-derived aromas with attractive spices across graphite and deep plum aromas. The palate has very attractive and appealing dark cherry flavors with plush, velvety tannins. Very long. Try from 2022.
Represented by Jeffrey Davies Selections, the 2015 Clos Saint Julien is blockbuster stuff from a tiny vineyard owed by Catherine Papon-Nouvel, who’s also the owner and winemaker at Petit Gravet Aîné (and her 2015 from this estate is brilliant as well!). Made from equal parts Merlot and Cabernet Franc, its deep ruby/plum color is followed by a terrific bouquet of red and black fruits, dried herbs, truffle, and dried flowers, with subtle background chocolatey oak. With full-bodied richness, an incredible texture, a stacked mid-palate, and a finish that won’t quit, this is one 2015 savvy readers should snatch up! It will benefit (if you can keep your hands off bottles) from 3-4 years of cellaring and knock your socks off over the following decade or more. 94+
The 2015 Clos Saint Julien is terrific. Deep, dense and explosive, it exudes personality. Inky blue and purplish fruit, lavender, spice, menthol and licorice run through this flamboyantly ripe, dense Saint-Émilion. All the elements are simply in the right place. In 2015, Clos Saint Julien is decidedly opulent. I would give it a few years to lose some of its baby fat. Clos Saint Julien is equal parts Merlot and Cabernet Franc aged in 100% new barrels. Tasted two times. 94+ points. (AG)
The 2015 Clos St Julien, which is surrounded by Soutard, Cadet-Bon and Guadet, comes from a 1.2-hectare vineyard owned by Catherine Papon-Nouvel, and is an equal blend of Merlot and Cabernet Franc. Cropped at 42 hl/ha between 18 September and 8 October, it has a very intense bouquet with small dark cherries, kirsch and a subtle marine influence, a touch of oyster shell perhaps. The palate is medium-bodied with fine tannins, crisp and pure, possessing a sense of symmetry with a long, mineral-tinged finish. I would just like a little more flesh, but it is certainly very fine Saint Emilion that should repay 3-5 years in bottle. (NM)
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