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Clos Marsalette Pessac-Leognan 2018

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Wine Spectator
This has fresh savory and bay streaks running through the middle of its core of steeped plum and blackberry fruit flavors, while applewood and iron notes streak the finish. Distinctive wine, with grippy character. Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon. Best from 2024 through 2036.

James Suckling
Savory aromas of black olive, dried mushroom, iodine and earth, as well as wild blackberry and clove. It’s medium-bodied with firm, sleek tannins and fresh acidity. Bitter berry notes on the finish. Hint of jam, but turns firm. Better in 2023.

Jeb Dunnuck
The 2018 Clos Marsalette is another winner, offering a ripe, medium to full-bodied, textured, and already delicious style that carries lots of red and black fruits, tobacco, earth, and a touch of spring flower-like aromas and flavors. Possessing beautiful purity, it has ripe, present tannins, yet they're almost covered by a wealth of fruit and extract. A blend of 55% Cabernet Sauvignon and 45% Merlot, it's well worth seeking out and is going to shine for 15-20 years.

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
Medium to deep garnet-purple in color, the 2018 Clos Marsalette leaps from the glass with bold notes of stewed black plums, ripe blackberries and mulberries, plus hints of bay leaves, crushed rocks and damp soil. The full-bodied palate delivers mouth-coating black fruits with lovely freshness and loads of earthy accents coming through on the long, plush-textured finish.