2005 Château Clos de Sarpe

Red Bordeaux Blend

  • France
  • Bordeaux
  • Libournais
  • St. Émilion Grand Cru
Drink between 2016 - 2040 (Edit)
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Community Tasting Notes 29

  • Smoky86 wrote: 94 points

    January 31, 2021 - (Almost dried) plum, spices, tobacco, hints of earth. Tannins prominent, velvety. Gorgeous long finish. More expressive with time, would decant for 1h at a minimum.

  • JuzMaintain Likes this wine: 94 points

    January 29, 2021 - The time had come. The single bottle I purchased on a whim almost a decade ago had been picked for a Bordeaux tasting.

    And so it was that I began the 5 hour decant, hesitant to take in the first hint of a nose I was frightened of after reading a few of the less than positive reviews... the "stewed prunes" and "indescribable" aroma.

    I needn't have worried.

    From the first blast of fruit upon the initial opening, it was gorgeous plum and velvety deep cherry for days. The nose was so decadently pungent as to take your breath away. Full beast mode.

    Came upon the grit at the bottom of the bottle and decided to pour the small remnant into a glass for a quick assessment.

    Unbelievable! Superb depth of fruit, melded seamlessly with almost mature tannins and a laser-precise structure of acidity set against the backdrop of the rare earth of Western France. The harmony unleashed between the Merlot and Cab Franc is smooth as silk and the characteristic tartness of Bordeaux is tempered here with extraordinary craftsmanship of flavor and focus.

    This, along with a 2005 Rauzen-Segla (also fantastic!) and two other notable offerings, were my first foray into Bordeaux in quite some time so it was VERY nice to have nothing but winners in the bunch that memorable evening.

    If you have properly stored your lot, the '05 Clos de Sarpe is only now beginning to hit its stride. Those with the luxury of several bottles should try at least one or two before too long. I will likely be dead before this bottle is undrinkable, it has that much life left.

    Don't miss it!

    1 person found this helpful Comment
  • acheng wrote:

    November 1, 2020 - This has not aged well at all and is a mess of a wine. Reminiscent of their 95. A soupy high tone nose and devoid of pleasure. What a shame.

  • travelculture Likes this wine: 94 points

    August 29, 2020 - Really enjoyed this wine. In my view, perfect to drink now after an hour decant. Nose is intense but the wine is balanced with fruit under control. Harmonious.

    1 person found this helpful Comment
  • Wine MOB Likes this wine: 95 points

    November 3, 2019 - This wine has been open for 8 hours in a decanter. The mondemnsional, drab nose just started to cede it’s dominance. There is a lot there is you are not in a rush.

    The nose was indescribable. The color was gorgeous, deep red and not a wif or age. The wine is so tight and youthful that you cannot believe it is 14 years old. Great velvety mouth feel

    Black current, black plums, espresso, spice, chocolate( this wine refuses to evolve and release!

    And btw, when I started this note I was noncommittal as far as liking, and the nose so awkward and strange that I had difficulty even trying to be positive, as strange as it sounds, once it opens up the wine jumps in quality.

    3 people found this helpful Comment
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  • By Jeb Dunnuck
    Clos de Sarpe: 1952 – 2015, 3/18/2020 (link)

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    May/June 2006, IWC Issue #126 (link)

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  • By Jon Rimmerman
    12/30/2008 (link)

    (CLOS DE SARPE) Overnight Dear Friends, Here are a few specials at great prices to wrap up the year. None of these are cast-offs, they are first-run wines that should cost a lot more. All would have been offers in their own right but quantities are too small. As always, all have impeccable provenance. Please limit requests to 6/each wine and we will allocate accordingly: 2006 Nicolas Cole Syrah "Dauphine" (Walla Walla) Last year's "Dauphine" was highly rated by the national press and given a nice review by Paul Gregutt - the 2006 should trump that wine by a wide margin as it's the first Dauphine to incorporate a majority of estate fruit in the blend. You can check pricing on the 2005 to see how good of a tarriff this is. This parcel is directly from the winery cellar. EXTREMELY LIMITED at this pre-release price (will be available early in the new year). 2005 Clos de Sarpe 750ml (St. Emilion) This incredible wine reminds me of what the 1900 Margaux must have been like on release - it is so old-school and layered with a tannic, gritty presence that it has the chance to last for 50-100 years (I'm not kidding). In addition, this price is less than the first tranche offer 2-3 years ago (but we don't have much so I'm burying it here in this offer)... 2002 Bodegas Alion (Vega Sicilia) Thank you, Jon Rimmerman Garagiste Seattle, WA Bord8570 WA5990 Spain6620

  • By Jon Rimmerman
    5/5/2008 (link)

    (CLOS DE SARPE) 2005 Clos de Sarpe Dear Friends, I've only got one shot at this - Monday night or nothing so here goes... Those of you that missed out on 1945 Mouton when it was released may want to take a look at this – one of the highest scoring wines of the vintage and an outright bargain at this stage for a top 2005 (Lafite, Latour, Mouton and Cheval Blanc only received one additional point from Parker, 96, and I’m sure they all cost far more at this point). If you are looking for a wine that will undoubtedly appreciate in value and complexity over the next 30-50 years, this is your wine. If you have a birth year in 2005, this would be an excellent candidate for a 21st or 30th birthday. This wine has impressed everyone I know that has tasted it from bottle and the Chateau knows they’ve got a potential 1990 Beausejour-Duffau of a wine on their hands - a legend among wine collectors. Not only has Clos de Sarpe has been far more consistent than Beausejour Duffau has over the last decade, I would argue that Clos de Sarpe has been one on the top 5-10 properties in all of Bordeaux since 2000 and their wines have not increased in price exponentially with their success - refreshing indeed. We have one parcel of this wine at this price. It is coming as direct from the Chateau cellars as possible with perfect provenance: VERY HIGHLY RECOMMENDED - THIS IS NOT VIA THE GREY MARKET: 2005 Clos de Sarpe - STRICT LIMIT 24/person until we run out Thank you, Jon Rimmerman Garagiste Seattle, WA Bord7770

Wine Definition

  • Vintage 2005
  • Type Red
  • Producer Château Clos de Sarpe
  • Varietal Red Bordeaux Blend
  • Designation n/a
  • Vineyard n/a
  • Country France
  • Region Bordeaux
  • SubRegion Libournais
  • Appellation St. Émilion Grand Cru
  • UPC Codes 3450301064749, 400005018664

Community Holdings

  • Pending Delivery 88 (4%)
  • In Cellars 1,678 (76%)
  • Consumed 452 (20%)

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