From Helene Garcin, this blend of 70% Cabernet Sauvignon and 30% Merlot displays classic tobacco leaf and smoky barbecue notes along with rich black currants and crushed rocks in a medium to full-bodied, seductive, attractively up-front style. Some Asian plum sauce is also noticeable in this complex, evolved and delicious wine, which can be drunk over the next 10-15 years. It is a sleeper of the vintage.
Author: Robert Parker
Jancis Robinson | Rating: 16
Almost cheesy nose. And the fruit does not seem as fresh as most, as though it were made a little more oxidatively than some? Drying tannins on the finish.
Author: Jancis Robinson
International Wine Cellar | Rating: 91
Good dark ruby-red. Wild aromas of black cherry, incense and sexy oak. Smooth, plush and rich, with rather full-bodied flavors of plum, tobacco, flowers, minerals and herbs. The sweet finish features a fine dusting of tannins that will not get in the way of enjoying this wine soon.
Author: Stephen Tanzer
Issue: July/August 2013
Wine Spectator | Rating: 92
Offers lush fruit, with dark raspberry and boysenberry notes, good, graphite-laced structure and bright acidity weaving throughout. The long, smoldering finish features an appealing licorice snap and violet profile.