Intense aromas of crushed berry, toasty oak, coconut and milk chocolate lead to a full-bodied palate, with soft, velvety tannins and a long, flavorful finish. Stylish and voluptuous. 4,500 cases made.
Author: James Suckling
Wine Advocate | Rating: 93
Kudos to proprietress Sophie Porquet, who also makes the sensational Cotes de Castillon, Joanin-Becot. From this 35-acre vineyard she has fashioned a sensational blend of 70% Merlot and the rest Cabernet Franc and Cabernet Sauvignon. Her finest effort since taking over this property in 1999, the 2005 boasts a saturated purple color followed by notes of ripe blackberries, black currants, licorice, incense, chocolate, and espresso. Thick, highly-extracted flavors nearly obscure the elevated tannins. This big, serious, rich claret is meant to last for three decades or more. A great wine for the vintage, it is also a sleeper of the vintage given the fact that this estate remains under most consumers' radar.
Author: Robert Parker
Jancis Robinson | Rating: 17
Sweet vanilla-edged black cherry. Richly fragrant and inviting. Then fine savoury, mineral depth. Fine tense structure. Dense, aromatic mid palate and long fresh finish. Very young but very well defined. (JH)
Beautiful wine after it breathed for about 45 minutes
Author: Burian Brandon
Self | Rating: 97
Full bodied, rich, ruby red-colored with a classic Pauillac aroma. Magnificent concentration with disticntive tannins. The wine has got even better with this new tasting. Fantastic! Hold whatever you have left for 10+ years.