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2008 Clos de Sarpe Saint-Emilion
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90? Points | Stephen Tanzer's IWC - July/August 2011

Good medium saturated ruby.  High-toned, confectionery aromas of Valrhona chocolate and porty raisin.  Huge, sweet and rather unrefined, with the high-toned character following through in the mouth.  Slightly shrieking acidity contributes to the wine's rustic quality.  Finishes with serious tannic clout.  Will this outsized wine magically be transformed into a (200-pound) swan?  Not recommended for the faint of heart.

95 Points | Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate

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