The 2005 Clos Saint-Martin is a gorgeous, classy Saint-Émilion that is drinking beautifully right now. Freshly cut roses, sweet red berries, kirsch, mint, pomegranate and spice are all laced together. Rich and pliant, yet also wonderfully light on its feet for such an opulent wine, the Clos Saint-Martin is an absolute delight. It is also one of the most alluring, sensual wines of the vintage. I loved it.
Anticipated maturity: 2021-2030
Robert Parker 98
St.-Emilion’s smallest vineyard produces so little wine (600 or so cases) that it is virtually impossible to find. This beautiful site (somewhat ghoulishly situated adjacent to St.-Emilion’s cemetery) produces what I have often called the “Lafleur of St.-Emilion.” Classic notes of crushed rocks, spring flowers, kirsch, and even blacker fruits along with stunning nobility, complexity, and precision emerge from this beauty. The extraordinary 2005 possesses fabulous concentration, terrific texture, length, and depth, and huge tannins, so it requires at least a decade of bottle age. It is one of the vintage’s most compelling efforts. Anticipated maturity: 2016-2040.
Anticipated maturity: 2016-2040