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  • 92-94 WAWine Advocate
  • 90 NMNeil Martin
  • 91-94 VMVinous Media
  • 93 JSJames Suckling
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Wine Advocate

92-94 Points, Lisa Perrotti-Brown, Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Catherine Papon-Nouvel, the owner/winemaker at Petit Gravet Aîné, owns this 1.2-hectare vineyard situated just west of Château Soutard atop the limestone plateau of Saint-Émilion. The 40-year-old vineyard is certified organic, and yields in 2018 were 37 hectoliters per hectare. Aging is in 100% new barrels for an estimated 18 months. From the Gaudet and Le Jardin lieux-dits and blended of 50% Cabernet Franc and 50% Merlot, the deep garnet-purple colored 2018 Clos St Julien saunters languorously out of the glass with notions of baked blueberries, spice cake and plum preserves plus hints of mocha, Christmas cake and sautéed herbs. Full, rich and decadent, it has tons of spicy sparks and a plush texture, finishing with a refreshing lift. About 5,000 bottles will be produced." 4/19

Neil Martin

90 Points, Neal Martin, Vinous: "The 2018 Clos Saint-Julien has an attractive bouquet of copious blackberry and blueberry fruit, hints of dark chocolate and mint bubbling up with aeration. There is something accessible about these aromatics. The smooth palate is medium-bodied with supple tannins and lush, minty dark fruit, though it retains focus and delineation. My main criticism is that it does not quite kick on toward the finish and just leaves me wanting more complexity and personality." 03/21

Vinous Media

91-94 Points, Antonio Galloni, Vinous: "Proprietor Catherine Papon-Nouvel turned out a gorgeous Clos Saint Julien in 2018. Black cherry, plum, espresso, menthol, licorice and smoke build as this sumptuous, full-bodied Saint-Émilion shows off its curvy, racy personality. A wine of real character, Clos Saint Julien is a winner. The tiny 1.2 hectare vineyard sits on Saint-Émilion's vaunted limestone plateau and is planted with 50% Merlot and 50% Cabernet Franc, the same blend as the wine itself." 4/19