(14.5% alcohol): Good deep red. Sexy aromas of plum, raspberry, chocolate and tobacco. Superripe, lush and sweet, with a remarkably round texture to the concentrated flavors of red fruits, caramel, mocha, spices and iron. As creamy as this is, there's solid underlying structure here from the wine's cabernet franc component. Finishes plummy and very long, with palate-saturating sweetness.
Author: Stephen Tanzer
Issue: July/August 2013
Wine Spectator | Rating: 95
A fleshy, alluring style, with strong structure, displaying plum, fig and boysenberry fruit laced with incense, Lapsang souchong tea and violet notes. Almost creamy, this features a thread of charcoal lending extra drive and depth on the finish. Seems to expand rapidly in the glass, boding well for cellaring. Best from 2017 through 2030. 1,000 cases made.
Author: James Molesworth
Jancis Robinson | Rating: 16
Dark blackish crimson. Heady nose. Lots of sweet intensity. Then tight tannins. There's quite a bit of acidity here at the moment. Very cool on the finish. A very strong statement-of-vintage character! Very hard work. It may develop into something more friendly but it's decidedly austere at the moment.
Author: Jancis Robinson
Wine Advocate | Rating: 96
This wine displays plenty of black raspberries, black currants, espresso roast, Asian soy and plum sauce along with some mocha and chocolate. Beautifully rich, firm, and full-bodied, with sweet but abundant tannins, this is a classy, noble style of wine that should be forgotten for at least 5-7 years and drunk over the following 20. Remarkably, the alcohol, like most of the wines in the J. P. Moueix stable of Pomerols and St.-Emilions, hit 14.5%.