The 2015 Clos Marsalette (Rouge) is a blend of 50% Cabernet Sauvignon, 48% Merlot and 2% Cabernet Franc picked between September 21 and October 5 at 42 hectoliters per hectare. Matured in 40% new oak barrels, it has a correct, tightly wound bouquet, blackcurrant with just a touch of wilted violet. I like the definition here, but it is holding its breath in at the moment. The palate is medium-bodied with light tannin. You could almost slip this down the throat now: silky smooth, just a light grip with fine tannin on the finish. It has an easy-drinking sensibility, though that does not mean it was not thoughtfully crafted. Enjoy this Pessac-Léognan over 5-7 years. (NM)
Fresh, ripe and polished, featuring cassis and plum fruit flowing through over a bright mineral edge. Light sanguine and violet notes gild the finish, with the fruit lingering prettily. Very pure. Drink now through 2027. (JM)
As to the red, the 2015 Clos Marsalette is close to an even split of Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon that saw 40% new barrels. This beauty offers excellent purity and freshness, as well as a sexy, supple, forward, fruit-loaded style that makes it a joy to drink. Black cherries, lavender, violets, and hints of bay leaf all emerge from the glass, and despite its upfront sex appeal, it’s going to keep for a decade.
The 2015 Clos Marsalette is rich, powerful and authoritative, just as it was from barrel. Black cherry, smoke, rose petal, menthol, licorice and savory herbs fill out the wine's ample frame effortlessly, but there is good energy to back things up. Time in the glass brings out the 2015's aromatic dimension. Clos Marsalette is arguably the most extroverted, flamboyant wine in Pessac-Léognan. Tasted two times. (AG)
A full-bodied red with blackberries, chocolate, spices and earth. Soft and layered tannins. Flavorful finish. So juicy and beautiful. Drink in 2020.
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