It is surrounded by four premiers grands crus classé vineyards, Beausejour Duffau Lagarosse, Beausejour Becot, Canon and Clos Fourtet. The property is an absolute jewel but, at a mere 1.33 hectares, not much bigger than a rugby field. The vineyard is planted with 5,000 vines per hectare, 75% Merlot, 15% Cabernet Franc and 10% Cabernet Sauvignon on that perfectly Merlot-indulgent clay-limestone St Emilion soil. The average age of vines is a respectable 35 years.
Sophie Fourcade, currently at the helm, bears this challenge lightly. Her philosophy is that of respect for terroir and rigorous pursuit quality. This focus has been rewarded in the reputation and respect Clos Saint Martin currently enjoys. It is a must buy – if fortunate enough to access any - a truly breathtaking ambassador for the appellation which we have been fortunate enough to befriend over many years and which we are proud to look after exclusively again for the UK.
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