Bright, dark red with ruby highlights. Brooding aromas of blueberry, blackberry, cassis, licorice, menthol and black pepper, plus a touch of bitter chocolate; compared to the wines of Roumier and Arnoux that I tasted earlier the same day, these wines struck me as more Cabernet-like in their black fruit and licorice character, and yet this is the only set of the three made entirely from destemmed fruit. Powerful, gripping wine with strong acidity framing the classically dry flavors of dark berries, minerals, flowers, bitter chocolate and leather. Finishes saline and long, with a firm tannic spine. Showing the serious side of the vintage.
Stephen Tanzer, Vinous - 92-95 Points
A completely different aromatic profile is present with its much earthier array of notably fresh red berries and discreet sauvage aromas. There is excellent richness to the muscular and full-bodied flavors that also possess fine mid-palate concentration that coats the mouth and helps to buffer the very firm tannic spine on the seamlessly proportioned finale. This very firmly structured effort is clearly going to require 15 to 20 years to arrive at its peak.
Allen Meadows, Burghound - 92-94 points