The 2010's final blend of 80% Merlot and 20% Cabernet Franc offers up impressive levels of red, blue and black fruits as well as some toasty oak and crushed rock, giving it minerality. Of course, the acidity in this vintage, with its lower pHs than 2009, provide a freshness and precision that is rare for wines so rich. This wine has plenty of tannin, so give it 4-6 years of cellaring and drink it over the following 25-30 years.
Author: Robert Parker
International Wine Cellar | Rating: 93
(an 85/15 blend of merlot and cabernet franc): Good deep ruby-red. Sexy aromas reminded me a bit of Burgundy: black raspberry, spices, graphite minerality, flowers and chocolate. Then penetrating and very firmly built, with a distinctly medicinal cast to its smoky black fruit and tobacco flavors and a strong spine of acidity. Very intense and fine-grained Saint-Emilion, but lush and seamless too. This chateau has produced consistently excellent wines in recent vintages and this should be the best of the bunch with six to eight years in the cellar.
Author: Stephen Tanzer
Issue: July/August 2013
Jancis Robinson | Rating: 16
Blackish crimson. Very ripe and jazzy. Attention-grabbing and smooth and well balanced. Sweet and fresh at first and then very savoury on the end. A strange wineƒ?Ý Somehow more of a shell/frame than what's in the middle. Rather dry tannins.
Author: Jancis Robinson
Wine Spectator | Rating: 89
Forward, with plum, blueberry and raspberry fruit gently studded with spice shadings and a flash of anise. A friendly wine, though just a touch loosely knit in the end. Drink now through 2019.
Author: James Molesworth
JamesSuckling.com | Rating: 97
This is more precise and focused with black truffle and berry. Full body, layered and refined. Beautiful freshness and form. Framed.