($85-$120) Saturated ruby-red. Pure but reticent nose hints at plum, raspberry and chocolate. Juicy and sweet but rather closed in the middle palate. Very serious merlot here: this has terrific penetration and structure for a 2001 from the Right Bank. Finishes long and gripping. A very good showing, but this wine really needs seven or eight years of additional cellaring. St. Emilion
Author: Stephen Tanzer
Issue: May/June 2004
Wine Advocate | Rating: 93
A brilliant effort from Alexandre Thienpont, this blend of 70% Merlot and 30% Cabernet Franc is a deep purple-colored, fleshy, layered effort offering a sweet nose of creosote, incense, Christmas spices, plenty of red and black fruits, and hints of licorice as well as new oak. Rich, medium to full-bodied, with tremendous purity in addition to nobility, give it two more years of cellaring and drink it over the next following 15-18 years.
Author: Robert Parker
Jancis Robinson | Rating: 17
Mid crimson. Pale rim. A bit gamey. Very mature nose. But lovely maturity and harmony on the palate. Not a shouty wine; very classical. Lovely delicacy. All seems tucked in there for good evolution. Fresh finish. A hint of warm bricks. Delicious wine but not a blockbuster.
Author: Jancis Robinson
Wine Spectator | Rating: 94
Very subtle aromas of blackberries, chocolate and plums follow through to a full-bodied palate, with very silky tannins and a long, caressing finish. An excellent wine with great intensity for the vintage. Very long indeed. Winemaker and part-owner Alexandre Thienpont is a master. 4,000 cases made.