Dusty cherry and dense Christmas pudding nose features baked blueberry and dried red currants with blue spruce, Connecticut cigar wrap, sunflower, marigold and tea. There is ample black pepper, cinnamon, nutmeg and lacquered oak. Silky smooth and incredibly well-integrated layers of aforementioned spices with a surprisingly green tobacco note. Cedar and dried blackberry atop baked raspberry and peppercorn tart. Simply delicious and unwaveringly structured.
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This is my 2nd '18 from Saint Emilion tonight, the first I didn't rate... Selection Bias..it was a 91 ... Anyway, this one well integrates the front forward red, blue and black fruit. Equally, it is a bomb of the combo of the 3, but with a slight leaning towards the blue berries. Nice balance with medium plus alcohol and medium tannins. Medium minus acidity. It's a very well balanced wine. I would like another shot at this one as it may be a notch or two higher.
93 points — 12 days ago
Nose: so good. Herbs, wintergreen, blackberry, leather, sweet tobacco, a little cooked meat, forest floor, a little coffee (medium roast!). Wonderful.
Taste: as it smells. Medium weight, cedar, herbs, forests, bitter coffee (light roast now), smooth. Delicious stuff. There’s a lovely juiciness that lingers - surprising for something 10 years old. 92-93. — 6 days ago
3rd wine of the night... This one excels. Nice muddled black and red fruit on the nose with tertiary notes of camphor, oil... But on the palate the fruits reemerge. Quite interesting... Cranberry, raspberry, and blackberry... All stewed. So enjoyable, medium plus body, medium alcohol, medium soft tannins with some drying, medium minus acidity. Spherical... For me, this hits everything. Definitely, top of my scale.
94+ points — 8 days ago
2018 vintage. Settling down a little bit since last visit 10.24.21. Medium/medium-heavy body. Starts off Napa, finishes Right bank. Velveteen and hazelnut nose. Slacker tannic presence. Still fairly flashy yet substantial-esp for the price. Tremendous value and drinking slightly better than nearly seven months ago. — 11 days ago
I’ve been a little bit on a Bordeaux thing recently, and wanted to pop this for a weekend dinner. It’s really nice. Inviting nose draws you in with sweet dark berry fruit, a bit of graphite and gravel, and some sweet vanillin. So soft, mouthfilling, yet not heavy. Flavors are clingy and have a dense savory streak, but there is nice fruit still underneath. Still some tannin present. No rush on this but it’s really nice now. — 11 days ago
It has matured flavor over 10 years. But need to wait at least for 30 minutes. Gentle, matured black fruits with acidity and tanning. Now is the time to drink! So 9.0 2011 @1240, domaine -, 220520-220523 — 6 days ago