This was the breakthrough vintage for this fabulous terroir that had been under-exploited for so many years. A collaboration between Nicolas Thienpont and Stephane Derenoncourt, this medium to full-bodied, pure blend of 80% Merlot and 20% Cabernet Franc reveals aromas reminiscent of a liqueur of crushed rocks, black currants, and raspberries. The tannins are still present, and the wine is firmer than I expected, but it is loaded. Made in a distinctive, singular, elegant style, it will be even better in 5-6 years, and should last for two decades thereafter - longer than I originally predicted. (RP) 95+
Good medium ruby. Very ripe, pure aromas of black fruits, truffle and harmonious oak. Juicy, sweet and aromatic in the mouth, with complex, concentrated dark fruit, tobacco and truffle flavors nicely sweetened but not overshadowed by sexy oak. Finishes fresh and sweet, with big but ripe tannins. (ST)
Impressive fruit in this wine, with crushed plums and spices. Full- to medium-bodied, with super silky tannins and a long, caressing finish. A refined and beautiful wine. (JS)
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