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Closerie Saint Roc – Les Pins

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The first releases of new plot selection wines from Closerie St Roc (the other being Les Noyers), made in very limited quantity. Hailing from Puisseguin, but almost literally at the gates of St.Emilion and Pomerol.

The first releases of new plot selection wines from Closerie St Roc (the other being Les Noyers), made in very limited quantity. Hailing from Puisseguin, but almost literally at the gates of St.Emilion and Pomerol. Les Pins comes from a 1.3 hectare parcel of predominantly clay-silt soil over fossil rich limestone bedrock, with great sunshine exposure. Made from 50% Merlot and 50% Cabernet Franc the wine is naturally vinified using indigenous yeast, with no sulphur addition, fining or filtering. On the nose, this is immediately open, and rich, less taut and less austere than Les Noyers.  Poised and very elegant with some light earth and spice, it has more of a ferrous character to the saline minerality.  The fruit profile has stone fruit notes (red cherries and plum skin), with a little bramble and raspberry; a hint of black tea leaf too.  Broad on the attack, with super-svelte tannins that fan out to reveal the breadth and girth of this impressive wine right from the start; then the crumbly chalky tannins start to grip, bringing the wine back to its mineral-charged spine.  Very classical and yet at the same time a very pure expression of a singular and distinct terroir, marked very much at this stage by the ferrous salinity.

Situated close to the villages of Saint Emilion and Pomerol on clay soil, and fossil rich limestone. They bottle the wine under ‘Vin de France’ label as it allows them to best express their exceptional soil and terroir, the way they want to. Made from 70% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Franc and 10% Cabernet Sauvignon, it is according to Decanter’s July 2020 magazine one of 10 Bordeaux producers to watch, with wine writer Jane Anson awarding an impressive 94 points to the 2016. It pulses with dark fruit, lashings of cassis and blackberry, the rich aromas of sweet earth and autumnal berries are mesmerising. A wine of great elegance and purity, to complement a special meal.

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