2008 Chateau Clos Saint-Martin

Year: 2008
Appellation: Saint-Emilion
Country: France
Wine Advocate: 93+
Jeff Leve: 94
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"A stronger effort than its 2010 sibling, the 2008's pure, chalky/limestone character gives it an unmistakable liqueur of mineral-like quality intermixed with deep raspberry and black cherry fruit, medium to full body and superb ripeness, depth and purity. This beautiful wine should be consumed over the next 15 years." (WA)

"2008 Clos St. Martin opens with an enticing perfume of dark berries, mint, minerality, licorice, cherry blossoms and sweet oak. The texture feels like polished silk and velvet. This sensual wine ends with a long sensation of fresh, ripe blackberries. Only 480 cases were produced. 94 Pts" (JL)

Winery Notes:
Established in 1850, this jewel-like estate is situated on Saint-Émilion’s limestone plateau, adjacent to Château Canon. Named after the neighboring church of Saint-Martin, Clos St. Martin is owned and managed by Sophie Fourcade, a descendant of the Reiffers family, established wine producers in Saint-Emilion since the 17th century, with Michel Rolland acting as consultant winemaker.

At just 1.33 hectare, Clos St Martin is the smallest classified growth in Saint-Émilion. The vines, averaging 35 years of age, are planted on clay and limestone soils, typical of the appellation’s limestone plateau, with southwestern exposure.

After the hand-harvest, the grapes undergo an eight-day pre-fermentation cold maceration at 8°C. The must is fermented in new oak barrels for 48 days; malolactic fermentation also takes place in new oak barrels. The first four months of aging are spent on the lees, stirred twice every week, allowing the wine to develop volume and body. The wine is generally aged for 20 months in new oak barrels.