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Professional Ratings: 96 Wine Enthusiast, 95 Wine Spectator, 94 The Wine Advocate, 93 James Suckling
Region: St-Emilion, Bordeaux, France
Varietal: Bordeaux Red Blends
Other Info: Collectible Wines
Style: Smooth & Supple
Item no. 116417
Big and powerful, this is a wine that is supported by dense tannins. The feeling is dry and firm, with a brooding black-currant character.
Barrel Sample: 94-96 Points
Open and inviting, with almost gushy blueberry, fig and boysenberry fruit at first. But then there's lively acidity stitching the finish together, with bouncy spice and anise notes and a streak of graphite that should emerge more through the élevage. This has some serious range, echoing with fruit and spice.
Barrel Sample: 92-95 Points
Massive for the vintage (14.7% alcohol), this blend of 80% Merlot and 20% Cabernet Franc from a small 16-acre vineyard was cropped at 21 hectoliters per hectare. It was made by the remarkably talented team of Nicolas Thienpont and Stephane Derenoncourt. Inky/purple-colored with notes of crushed rocks, blackberry and blueberry liqueur and hints of charcoal and incense, this full-bodied, rich, dense offering admirably displays its exquisite terroir. Give the 2011 4-5 years of cellaring, and enjoy it over the following 20-25.
Barrel Sample: 92-94 Points
What a beautiful nose of forest floor, dark fruits, sweet tobacco, and blackberries. Full body, with firm and silky tannins and a minerally refined finish. Very polished and well made.
Barrel Sample: 92-93 Points