Martin Bart is the genial and enthusiastic proprietor/winemaker of Domaine St. Martin. Domaine St. Martin is, in fact, a set of cuvées custom-made at the estate for Patrick Lesec. Patrick consults closely with Martin on the élevage of these cuvees. The domaine is the successor to the old estate of Clair Dau, and has 15 hectares of vineyards ranging in age from 15 to over 60 years. Yields are kept low and the fruit is harvested at maximum ripeness. The wines go through a cold maceration for 5-6 days and fermentation lasts 15 days. The grands crus and Fixin Hervelets are aged in new barrels. The wines are racked once by hand before bottling and are not fined or filtered. Great care is taken to maintain the purity and freshness of the fruit. The wines across the board are truly lovely with fragrant aromas, sweet fruit, fine textures and long, complex finish.
Wine SpectatorPure cherry and kirsch aromas leap from the glass in this pure, well-defined red. Very firm and tightly wound now, picking up a mineral note midpalate that persists through the long finish. Though tannic, it has everything in the right proportion, needing time to reveal its pedigree. Best from 2010 through 2025. 25 cases imported.