The wine boasts 14.6% natural alcohol and is a final blend of roughly three-fourths Merlot and the rest Cabernet Franc, cropped at a ridiculously low 19 hectoliters per hectare. Notes of licorice, garrigue, incense, smoked meats, espresso, creme de cassis and blackberry liqueur jump from the glass of this unbelievably intense wine. Remarkably full, with compelling freshness and precision, this is a fabulous effort in 2010. It will probably close down over the next several years, and not re-emerge for at least a decade, something that often happens with the bigger, richer, more muscular St.-Emilions from the limestone hillsides and plateaux. This is one of the superstars of the vintage and a profound wine. Drink it between 2020 and 2045. 98+ (RP)
Wow. This is really intense with amazing dark fruit character of crushed blueberries and minerals. It’s full-bodied, with super integrated tannins and a superb finish that lasts for minutes. A fabulous wine. Better in 2019.
Bright medium ruby. Knockout nose combines cassis, espresso, smoked meat, crushed rock, olive, caramel and a whiff of V-8. Broad, thick and fine-grained but youthfully tight, with uncanny weight to the flavors of black raspberry and minerals. But an exhilarating floral element gives lift to the middle palate. Doesn't have quite the pungent minerality of Pavie but I love the suave extraction here. And the smooth finish goes on and on. A great vintage for this wine, which is made by the team of Nicolas Thienpont and Stephane Derenoncourt. 94+ (ST)
*Top 100 Wines of 2013* A rich, tongue-coating style, with loamy structure and dense plum sauce, roasted fig and warm dark currant confiture notes, all inlaid with espresso and graphite. Still tightly drawn now, this needs a bit more cellaring to unfurl fully, but there's beautiful polish and lovely fruit worth waiting for. Best from 2016 through 2030. (JM)
Concentrated black fruits nose, black cherries and lots of natural ripeness. Big and almost sweet on the palate, broad, even a little massive and chunky; the richness will dominate over vineyard expression. (Spurrier)
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