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Chateau Martinet 2018

  • JS94
  • JD90
750ML / 14.5% ABV
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4.6 61 Ratings
750ML / 14.5% ABV

Winemaker Notes

Hints of undergrowth, vanilla, and dark berries in the nose. Well-rounded on the palate, with elegant tannins paving the way for a smooth, long-lasting finish with not the slightest hint of harshness.

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JS 94
James Suckling
Aromas of blackberry, tea leaf, clove and toasted hazelnut. It’s medium-to full-bodied with firm, silky tannins. Juicy dark-fruit and spice flavors lead to a long, layered finish. Very fine. Drink from 2024.
JD 90
Jeb Dunnuck
Deep ruby-hued, with spicy, complex notes of ripe cherries, mulberries, dried earth, and leafy herbs, the 2018 Château Martinet is medium-bodied and has a silky, beautifully balanced mouthfeel, moderate, ripe tannins, and a great finish. It shows plenty of classic Saint-Emilion chalky minerality with time in the glass and is a satisfying, complex, already impressive Saint-Emilion. Drink bottles over the coming 10-12 years.
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Chateau Martinet

Chateau Martinet

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Chateau Martinet, France
A magnificent eighteenth-century manor house the Château Martinet was long used as a hunting lodge before becoming a vineyard giving one of Saint-Emilion’s most revered wines. Rooted in a superb sand-gravel soil, the vines benefit from constant care and attention from the owners. Regularly acclaimed at international wine fairs and contests, the wines of Château Martinet are blessed with a complex array of subtle flavours, accented with delicious red berry notes.
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Marked by its historic fortified village—perhaps the prettiest in all of Bordeaux, the St-Émilion appellation, along with its neighboring village of Pomerol, are leaders in quality on the Right Bank of Bordeaux. These Merlot-dominant red wines (complemented by various amounts of Cabernet Franc and/or Cabernet Sauvignon) remain some of the most admired and collected wines of the world.

St-Émilion has the longest history in wine production in Bordeaux—longer than the Left Bank—dating back to an 8th century monk named Saint Émilion who became a hermit in one of the many limestone caves scattered throughout the area.

Today St-Émilion is made up of hundreds of independent farmers dedicated to the same thing: growing Merlot and Cabernet Franc (and tiny amounts of Cabernet Sauvignon). While always roughly the same blend, the wines of St-Émilion vary considerably depending on the soil upon which they are grown—and the soils do vary considerably throughout the region.

The chateaux with the highest classification (Premier Grand Cru Classés) are on gravel-rich soils or steep, clay-limestone hillsides. There are only four given the highest rank, called Premier Grand Cru Classés A (Chateau Cheval Blanc, Ausone, Angélus, Pavie) and 14 are Premier Grand Cru Classés B. Much of the rest of the vineyards in the appellation are on flatter land where the soils are a mix of gravel, sand and alluvial matter.

Great wines from St-Émilion will be deep in color, and might have characteristics of blackberry liqueur, black raspberry, licorice, chocolate, grilled meat, earth or truffles. They will be bold, layered and lush.

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One of the world’s most classic and popular styles of red wine, Bordeaux-inspired blends have spread from their homeland in France to nearly every corner of the New World. Typically based on either Cabernet Sauvignon or Merlot and supported by Cabernet Franc, Malbec and Petit Verdot, the best of these are densely hued, fragrant, full of fruit and boast a structure that begs for cellar time. Somm Secret—Blends from Bordeaux are generally earthier compared to those from the New World, which tend to be fruit-dominant.

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